10-Piece Business Trip Outfit Ideas

For the past few weeks, I’ve been in and out of New Jersey and Florida for work. Normally, I have a hard time packing for trips, let alone business trips. In the back of my head, I’m asking myself, “What’s the weather going be like?”, “Are we going out anytime during the week?”, “How casual is this other office compared to mine?” Too many questions for a simple solution. I’ve put together 10 pieces that are interchangeable for a week filled trip. I’ve used this thought process to narrow down my suitcase and my frustration.

Besides the necessities, it’s best to pack these basics:

  • 2 shirts – Camis, tank tops, and bodysuits really do the trick!
  • 2 blouses – I tend to pack longer sleeve blouses since most offices decide to freeze us out
  • 1 skirt – Midi skirts are perfect because they aren’t too short but long enough to still move in
  • 1 pair of jeans – Always bring a pair for after work drinks or casual Fridays
  • 2 trousers – Choose bottoms that are neutral colors and of different fabric for more variety
  • 1 dress – Black is the go to! It’s the easiest to convert from day to night.
  • 1 blazer and/or cardigan – This is more for “accessorizing” your outfits and staying warm
10-Piece Business Trip Outfit Ideas
10-Piece Business Trip Outfit Ideas by brittmonique featuring a tory burch purse

Usually, I’m all for LOTS of colors and patterns; but when packing, stick to pieces that can be paired easily with each other. Coordination is key. This provides more options for your mood, weather changes, and the agenda for the day.Even better, you’ll even have the ability to pack everything into a carry-on bag with ease! Another quick tip! Most time if you bring a garment bag on a flight, the attendants will let you store it in the closet. – source: Buzzfeed

Of course you can’t forget your shoes. Limit the amount to 2-3 pairs, if that! Your shoes can make the statement when the outfit doesn’t. Find a pair that coincides with your pieces and are comfortable! Might be hard to meet those two requirements, but it’s worth a try! To alleviate the pain, bring a pair of handy, dandy flats for those long days!

Professional settings aren’t the place for elaborate accessory pieces. Sophisticated accessories like a gold watch or statement necklace go a long way more than gaudy jewelry that comes with it’s own sound system.

With this many pieces, you should be about to make a 12 or more solid outfits for your trip. 1-2 weeks worth of outfits is better than just 4 separate outfits that require more than what you can bring. Try this method out and let me know if this worked for you!

*Warning* These items aren’t from my closet and some are beyond my price range; however you can gather the idea of what items you can place together and the versatility of your wardrobe.

Items Listed 
Michael Kors peplum dress
marissacollections.com

 

Damsel in a Dress wrap top
$97 – johnlewis.com

Joseph pink blouse
$430 – stylebop.com

Public School wide leg pants
$650 – harrods.com

WithChic midi skirt
$27 – withchic.com

Polo Ralph Lauren pants
$210 – stylebop.com

Chunky heel sandals
$37 – yoins.com

Tory burch purse
$235 – italist.com

Gucci watch
$990 – johnlewis.com

Gucci flower lipstick
$39 – gucci.com

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NYFW Experience

It’s the BEST time of year for fashion, especially here in New York. You should be hip by now to know it’s NEW YORK FASHION WEEK! My longtime goal and dream is to own my own fashion company and brand. I’ve made many strides, which I’ll reveal in due time, but this experience was a check off my bucket list.

After networking with a few of my peers and mentors and I was offered the opportunity to be one of the dressers for an upcoming designer Minika Ko. Minika is a fashion designer based in New York City who received degrees in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and in Music Business from New York University. Her line KOllision debuted during #NYFW at the historical Church of Holy Apostles.

Even though I got lost and was EXTREMELY late (very long story), it was a very hands on experience. As soon as I walked into the door I was stepping in to help with the run through, streaming dresses, & even added my very little, irrelevant input to the order of the show HAHA. I was among FIT students listening to their experiences as we waited for our next assignments and I realized my life experiences didn’t have me as far off to my dreams than I expected.

Overall, I had an AMAZING TIME! Seeing and speaking to a designer creating pieces I envision myself designing in the near future was the best opportunity ever. And to think, all over asking for pattern-makers on my Instagram. Close mouths don’t get fed! Anyways to learn more about Minika and her kickstarter line, click the link here!

Follow Minika on Instagram @Minikako!

Love the collection? Comment below with your thoughts!

 

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The B.O.S.S Connect Event

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers. – Robin S. Sharma

Many times I’m on the receiving end soaking up the information and listening to the inspiring words of individuals I admire. This time, I was asked to share my knowledge and the lesson I’ve learned up to this point in my journey. Wasn’t too nervous, but more so anxious for the opportunity! The B.O.S.S. Connect stands for Building Opportunities, Supporting Survivors. The event brought together professionals and business owners with young men and women who has passions for different aspirations and looking to make them happen. 

There’s SO MANY gems that I’ve received that I want to share them with anyone willing to listen and MSIBForever gave me that opportunity! We don’t see enough of these events occur in our communities. Sometimes people don’t want to share their wealth of knowledge, or whatever the reason; but, the only way we can raise up our communities is by working together and helping each other any way we can.

“Lift while climbing” a phrase I learned while taking Kendo in college and it stays with me to this day.

Read below for more information about the organization and the other panelist involved.

#MyStrengthIsBeautiful is an organization geared towards empowering those who have been affected by sexual assault or domestic violence. Our mission is served through nourishing the mental, physical, social, emotional, and professional development of every being we encounter. We aim to change the way survivors are viewed by the world and the way they view themselves.

From left to right:

Asia Milia Ware | Blogger, Fashion Enthusiast – asiamilia.com

Monica Sekhmet Grant | Entrepreneur, Author, Filmmaker, and more – youngbossnetworks.com

Nadejah Minerva | Founder of #MSIBForever – www.msibforever.org

Nehemie Dume | Owner of Shea by Nai – @sheabynai

Joshua Walker | Artist, Entrepreneur – @amg_ceo

Make sure to check out their amazing work and products!

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