I have to present at a conference next week and I’m trying to decide what to pack. This is a professional engagement and that means either suit or sheath dress and jacket. I tend to be cold natured so I always travel with a sweater or a jacket to cover my arms.
Business trips tend to be quick so I always try to minimize what I’m taking. I usually opt for either navy (is that a Southern thing?) or black. By electing a color scheme I minimize shoes. I also opt for having an extra outfit that I can pull out in emergencies. That is a lesson I learned after being caught unaware on two separate occasions. I’m leaning towards a wool, navy shift dress from Tory Burch and a navy pant suit, also Tory. I will accessorize with a scarf and my everyday jewelry of watch, earrings, necklace, rings and bracelet By electing two Tory pieces, I can use the jacket with the dress and have the pants as my “just in case” feature. It also saves on shoes. I’m short so I always opt for heels. For me that is a professional thing even in today’s climate of casual dress. I am projecting an image of confidence and authority when I present so I try to consider presenting the complete package, thus the suit and heels. I’m going with CL’s for the day.
My travel outfit is inspired by a wonderful TSA agent at Laguardia. She advised me to wear a warm up suit to make the TSA line easy. Since I have far too much of my mother and grandmother in me to go with a warm up suit, I opt for pointe leggings and a long cashmere sweater. I’ll complete the outfit with flats and a scarf.
To round out my packing, I’ll take leggings and a long sleeve exercise top, a nightgown and unmentionables with an extra set thrown in for the just in case things that happen when you travel. My toiletries, Bluetooth speaker, conference information, laptop, and notebook with my conference papers will go in my tote with room for my handbag.
My goal is to avoid checking my bag and by opting for minimal packing and a uniform color scheme I may just make it.