The ideal work trip wardrobe features items that can be worn in multiple venues—think morning meetings into evening cocktails.

By Caroline Tell
Updated: January 24, 2017
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Business trips can often be more stressful to pack for than vacations. How much time will be dedicated to work? Are there any social obligations, and if so, what are they? How do people dress in the new locale? It's a lot to consider when packing a carry-on. 

Transitional basics (with just a touch of personal style) are appropriate everywhere. For women, a blazer is the key staple. Layer it over separates or a neutral dress for the conference and ditch it later (with the addition of a sparkly necessary) for dinner with clients. For a touch of personality, kick it up a notch with a statement tote. For men, a classic sports jacket with pants is far more versatile than a traditional suit, and arguably more stylish to boot. A pair of black brogues and a matching briefcase means business and will seal the deal before you can say, “sign here.”


Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman Pointy Toe Stiletto Pump, $365. Click to buy. >>



Tibi Silk Pleated Drape Jumpsuit, $645. Click to buy. >>


Courtesy of Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor All Season Stretch Two Button Jacket, $169. Click to buy. >>


Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang Prisma Leather Ipad Case, $375. Click to buy. >>


Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim Nova leather tote, $695. Click to buy. >>


Jennifer Fisher

Jennifer Fisher Small Tusk Hoops with Pave White Diamond Stripe, $2,500. Click to buy. >>




Lacoste Slim Fit Striped Shirt, $81.99. Click to buy. >>


Perry Ellis

Perry Ellis Neat Navy Suit Pants, $100. Click to buy. >>


Ted Baker

Ted Baker Hann Leather Wingtip Derby Brogues, $200. Click to buy. >>



J.Crew Ludlow Sportcoat, $298. Click to buy. >>



Burberry London Black Cannock Business Briefcase, $1,495. Click to buy. >>