Do you remember your first business trip? The excitement, the glamour?
Did you do anything special to mark your hundredth business trip?
No. It was not even noted.
Business travel no longer seems glamorous to me, even when I am going to a location I like to see, or to meet clients or colleagues I love.
Business travel is equal parts hassle and challenge. But to the extent that it’s a challenge, it’s not a fun challenge like setting yourself down to put together a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. It’s more like dropping something behind a radiator and then needing to fashion a tool out of a wire hanger and a magnet to get it back.
With that said, I do have a generic plan for business travel.
Here it is: Unless you have special evening plans (a fancy gala OR dinner in your hotel room, on your bed while watching The Faster and the Furiouser), you need to pack outfits that can go from day into evening with modest adjustments.
Let’s see how this works, shall we?
Here, we have New Favorite Jacket over two layers: a white blouse (always useful!) and a colorful third piece (in role of waistcoat).
Note: From the side, it’s a little interesting, no? Reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winslow House for some reason. Tantalizing shapes coming out from a flat plane.
Remember: You always have to be ready (i.e., able) to take your jacket off. Temperatures are so unpredictable in unfamiliar meeting places.
We’ll take two seconds to recap this origami style tank by the sadly defunct label Hanii Y.
Today, I’ve belted it with a cherry red, wool belt that actually belongs to a dress that you’ve never seen. Perhaps the red belt is too much? I think it works well enough.
And now the big reveal: Ready for night!
I didn’t say I was going clubbing. I’m just going to dinner with a co-worker. So, I have removed one layer (and constricting belt) and changed into comfy, action-slacks, but retained the smart jacket so as to look a little smart. Certainly smart enough for bistro style eating.
The sleeves of my blouse peek out from my jacket. I think they provide a nice outline for the jacket (we’ve discussed this before), but one could also tuck them inside easily enough.
Et voilà! We’re done.
Jacket: RedValentino; Blouse: ASOS; Tank: Hanii Y; Pants: Garnet Hill
P.S. I am writing this on a plane during a business trip. Please forgive the typos.