Let’s face it, packing for a business trip can be stressful; especially when you have not been given a full itinerary. Add in the summer heat and finding that perfect casual yet professional vibe feels nearly impossible. Whether you are going to an outdoor networking event or a multi-day retreat, you can find that balance. We’ll show you how!
A printed wrap dress can go from casual to professional and anything in between with the swap of a jacket or cardigan. We found a DVF wrap dress with a slight cap sleeve, which means it can even be worn sans layers. Add your flats for a casual event.
When you have to attend a meeting that requires a bit more professionalism, a suit can easily be mixed in. Notice we took the jacket and pumps from the first outfit and then added a basic black pant. A pretty aqua blouse helps keep the look summery as do the neutral heels.
If you get to your destination and find jeans are appropriate, you can work those into the mix as well. Pull out that short sleeve cardigan and layer it over the aqua tie neck blouse. Since you’ve already learned, right here, how well red and aqua work together. Then you have your neutral ballet flats to finish the look.
We just took 6 garments and 2 pairs of shoes and mixed and matched them into 3 pulled together outfits; admittedly throwing in a few (optional) accessories. They don’t take up that much space. See, packing for a business trip is not nearly as complicated as you thought. You’ll be prepared and professional no matter what the weekend throws at you.
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