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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Outfit Inspo | WALD

THE LOOK:

Remember my post on suggestions for wearing white after Labor Day? Well this look right along those lines. A lot of my pieces I’ve had for YEARS and these pants make appearances every once in a while, when I find something great to match with them. This is why you never throw anything away (well unless they get really old and tear apart.)

Wearing any solid color that is out-of-the-norm in the office is making a bold statement; however, I wouldn’t mind making a statement with these pants, as long as my clumsy self doesn’t ruin them before lunch. I seem to only feature pants from Zara, but I ALWAYS catch the comfortable pairs on their sales!

Sleeve detailing is in for another season and I’m here for it! Professionals should take advantage of any opportunity to show personality in the workplace. I loved the pattern of this blouse and the way it laid right above my trousers. If you only they had my size in the other options. All the items are linked below!

Outfit: Pants (similar) | Blouse | Shoes (similar) | Tote

 

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White After Labor Day? …YES!

The old saying of “no white after labor day” is out the window! Who came up with that anyways?

Quick History Lesson: The rule stemmed from high-society wives in the 19th century. As the number of millionaires increased, the distinction between old and new money families became unrecognizable. By the late 1800’s, the women who came from “old money” felt it necessary to establish fashion rules for everyone to follow, one of which was wearing white after a certain day. If a woman came to an event in the wrong color like white, or with the wrong sleeve length, it was an indication that she would not be accepted by the “in” crowd. Since 1894, when Labor Day became a federal holiday, the unwritten rule of packing up your linen pieces and preparing for the fall weather was routine.

Many people have since ditched the old-age rule and fashion is forever evolving that it has become insignificant. We already wear our classic white button shirt year round, there’s no harm in adding a few more statement pieces into the mix. It’s time for us to get hip! We’ve paid good money for our clothes, we deserve to get the FULL use out of them, especially for work! 

Here are a few tips to try and add into your routine:

Source: Pinterest

Wide-Leg White Pants are in and fabulous! Find that button-up and add some flare to this look. ***Word of caution, be mindful of the fabric type when it comes to pants.

 

source: Pinterest

Match that white or off-white dress with a bold cardigan or blazer and printed heels.

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Ready-To-Wear blouses with trousers are an easy go to. Don’t limit yourself to just black. Try Navy or Burnt Orange for color!

We’re the age of progression! Let’s leave that petty distinction of dressing idea with that century. How do you plan to rock white after labor day? Comment below! 

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