How to pack a business travel capsule wardrobe

To pack for business trips without sacrificing style, try building a capsule wardrobe. It’s a selection of clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits.

Packing a business travel capsule wardrobe is a smart way to make sure you have all the clothes you need for work trips – and no extra. A capsule wardrobe can help ward off “what to wear” decision fatigue. Plus, it saves space and weight in your travel bag (and that’s awesome for the environment). Here’s how to pack a capsule wardrobe like a pro.

Pick a color palette.

Conventional wisdom says use a neutral color palette, such as black, white, gray, and navy, for your capsule. However, if that’s not your style, pick complementary colors that allow for effortless coordination and maximum outfit possibilities.

Start with the basics.

Begin by selecting staple pieces that can go anywhere. These may include several shirts or lightweight sweaters, a pair of trousers or a skirt, and a jacket or blazer. Also, choose items that can be worn day and night and for a variety of occasions. Is there a certain number of pieces you should include in a capsule wardrobe? No. But, challenge yourself to pack the least amount of pieces that will serve you the entire trip.

Make sure the fabrics are versatile.       

Fabrics like cotton, linen, and jersey are breathable and comfortable, making them ideal for travel. Clothing made from wrinkle-resistant, lightweight fabrics are easy to care for and can be worn in different climates. (Since you’ll be re-wearing items, toss in stain remover wipes or pens to clean soiled spots. Travel-sized fabric refresher sprays may also prove handy.)

Now, mix it up.

Select items that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. For example, pair a shirt and blazer for daytime. Then, add a pocket square, scarf or statement jewelry for evening.

Learn to layer.

Layering is key to adapting to changing temperatures and environments while traveling. Pack pieces that can be worn together without creating bulk. Start with a shirt/blouse or dress, add a cardigan or sweater, then top it off with a jacket. This will add warmth, dimension and interest to your outfits.

Limit shoes and accessories.

Shoes and accessories can quickly take up space in your luggage. Aim to pack no more than two or three pairs that complement various outfits – and don’t forget comfy boots, sneakers or loafers for walking. Similarly, select a few statement accessories that can elevate your looks without overcrowding your suitcase.

Make it minimalist.

Embrace the concept of minimalism and resist the urge to overpack. Remember that less is more. By packing strategically, you’ll lighten your load and stylishly streamline your travel experience.

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