When you’re packing for a business trip, you’re most likely considering how you can pack light while still looking smart and sharp throughout the trip. Packing a capsule wardrobe is all about bringing versatile and essential items that will allow you to change from one stylish look to another without having to worry about going over the maximum luggage allowance.
Keep in mind that layering is key when building a business travel wardrobe. It’s a quick way to transition your wardrobe from day to night, or from business to smart casual. Plus, it’s a great way to maximise your luggage space as you can pack at least 2 dress shirts, a sweater or a blazer in place of a single bulky coat or jacket.
Here are the core items you will need to build a trendy business travel wardrobe that will keep you feeling confident and looking great as you step from one business meeting to the next.
A tailored suit – A navy colour is a great choice as it’s very versatile. Also, consider a suit made of wool material. It’s sturdy, wrinkle resistant and always looks smart.
Dress shirts – Bring 4 to 5 of these, but depending on the length of your stay, you may want to bring more. Dress shirts in solid colours can be more versatile than patterned ones. You may opt to bring dress shirts in different colours, but always have at least one crisp white shirt.
A sweater – A light and simple crew neck sweater can be worn alone or over a button-up shirt for a smart look. Opt for one in a solid or neutral colour that can be worn interchangeably with other items in your capsule wardrobe.
Well-fitted trousers – Other than your suit pants, bring a pair or two of tailored trousers in black, grey, or navy as these can be easily paired with any of your dress shirts.
A camel pea coat – A classic styled pea coat is a great layering option. It will never go out of style and it goes with practically everything in your capsule wardrobe. However, if a pea coat is proving to be too bulky, opt for a lighter sports jacket instead.
A pair of comfortable dress shoes – Depending on the colour of your suit, you can pack either black or brown dress shoes.
Essential accessories – Complete your capsule travel wardrobe with 2 or 3 silk ties and a belt. Make sure your belt and your shoes are in the same colour.
Depending on your role and industry, feel free to change up some items. For example, if you’re a creative guy in an advertising business, then you may swap some dress shirts for solid coloured polo shirts or patterned shirts. You may also opt to swap out one pair of trousers for khaki pants. Adjust these guidelines according to your needs. Remember to select garments that can be paired in any number of ways, so that you can look smart, sharp and stylish everyday with just a few well-selected pieces.