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October 14, 2014

#1 Business Trip Rule to Live by: Coordinate Your Way to Light Packing

When we’re going on a business trip, the last thing we want to do is drag around a big suitcase. But when we travel for work, we’re often planning on wearing some of our bulkiest clothes, like suits and sport coats. Depending on the kind of traveler you are, you may like to fly the night before. Others prefer an early morning flight to head straight to your meeting. Either way, time is always precious, so efficiency is key. A few packing tips we live by:
1. Pack small things, like socks and belts by rolling them up and putting them in your shoes. It helps keep your shoes from getting crushed and saves space.
2. Fold and then roll your clothes. It actually helps reduce wrinkles.
3. If you’re only going for 2-3 days, just pack 1 set of workout clothes. Since these fabrics are made for moisture, you can rinse them in the bathroom & they’ll quickly dry in the room.
4. Pack items that coordinate to create multiple outfits. Doesn’t sound so easy? It will once you read this.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. And if you have some great tips, we’d all love to hear them. Happy travels!
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/boss-the-james-sharp-modern-fit-virgin-wool-suit-3/hbna50244552.html
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BOSS Hugo Boss - James/Sharp Virgin Wool Suit
James/Sharp Virgin Wool Suit
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Build your outfits around: The Dark Grey Suit. If you work in a conservative industry, building your travel wardrobe around a classic 2-button suit, like this contemporary fit Hugo Boss one, is always a safe bet. It will be perfectly appropriate all day. And since you may end up checking your email in that brief time before drinks and dinner, it will work well for evening, too. You can never go wrong with high quality virgin wool like this, especially in charcoal grey. And these pants work well on their own, with a sweater or sport coat, so there’s no need to pack an extra pair of pants. If you are looking for a classic fit, this Hickey Freeman will serve the same purpose and be just as elegant.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306607795&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446583758 Ike Behar - Slim-Fit Cotton Dress Shirt
Ike Behar - Slim-Fit Cotton Dress Shirt
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Ike Behar - Slim-Fit Cotton Dress Shirt
Slim-Fit Cotton Dress Shirt
Ike Behar
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You cannot go wrong with a white spread collar dress shirt, especially with this suit. It is appropriate for your daytime business meeting and evening events. It says you mean business – and after all, you’re on a business trip. This Ike Behar has a trim fit and spread collar, which looks great under any suit. For more of a general, easier fit, Canali’s cotton twill is amazing. The key is the high quality cotton of both. It ensures comfort for a long day, and they stay looking crisp and fresh.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-woven-silk-tie/3828894 BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
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“Tie” it all together with this smart woven grid pattern from Hugo Boss. It works well with a white shirt and is perfect to transition to a formal evening business event. The 3-inch width gives it a modern look, while still being completely work appropriate.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/arber-check-120 Ledbury - The Arber Check Shirt
Ledbury - The Arber Check Shirt
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When you’re packing for a business trip, the idea is to keep things coordinated, so you’re not over packing. This Tattersall check dress shirt from Ledbury creates a whole new look for your grey suit. The pattern has a business look, but also works well with khaki’s or jeans and under a sweater for an evening outfit - or if you have the opportunity to dress more casually on your trip. One of the great things about Ledbury is that they offer many of their shirts, like this one, in both classic and trim fits.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306621784&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446678220 Eton of Sweden - Floral Medallion Print Silk Tie
Eton of Sweden - Floral Medallion Print Silk Tie
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Eton of Sweden - Floral Medallion Print Silk Tie
Floral Medallion Print Silk Tie
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A tie changes the whole look of your suit, and is so easy to pack – rolled up, just stick it in your shoe. The colors in this medallion pattern tie from Eton highlight the check colors in the Ledbury shirt and look great with this suit.
http://www.theory.com/byrin-ws-fiador-pullover/E0787705,default,pd.html Theory - Byrin WS Pullover Sweater
Theory - Byrin WS Pullover Sweater
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Theory - Byrin WS Pullover Sweater
Packing one sweater that you can layer over your dress shirt and wear with your suit pants, gives you yet another outfit. This wool blend pullover sweater with a stand collar from Theory in navy eclipse looks great with the Ledbury shirt and Eton tie we’re showing – and the grey pants of the suit. If you’re wearing jeans for travel – or a casual night – this will look just as good.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Turner-Coat/ML00236,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - The Turner Coat
Brooks Brothers - The Turner Coat
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A coat is an important item in your travel wardrobe. It needs to protect you from the elements and be appropriate for a daytime business meeting , as well as an evening casual event. On top of all that, it needs to be versatile enough to deal with a lot of different climates, since we don’t usually get the luxury of deciding where we travel for work. This 3-in-1 Brooks Brothers topcoat accomplishes it all. Using Loro Piana water and wind resistant wool fabric (amazing) and a zip-out vest for added warmth when needed, this coat goes with your suits during the day and your jeans at night.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/trafalgar-cortina-leather-belt/3078404 Trafalgar - Cortina Leather Belt
Trafalgar - Cortina Leather Belt
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It may seem obvious, but if you’re not traveling with your suit on, don’t forget to pack a dress belt. It easily rolls up in a shoe in your carry-on. This handcrafted Belgian leather belt from Trafalgar is appropriate with your suit, and also work with dress pants and a sweater. Its modern 1-1/8 inch narrower width is a fresh update to a classic.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cole-haan-cambridge-plain-toe-derby-men/3858101 Cole Haan - Cambridge Plain Toe Derby Shoes
Cole Haan - Cambridge Plain Toe Derby Shoes
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Cole Haan - Cambridge Plain Toe Derby Shoes
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When packing for a trip, a versatile shoe is a must. That’s why we chose this black plain toe oxford from Cole Haan. The style works with the suit for day time or evening wear. It also works with jeans, if you’re traveling in more casual wear. And, of course, they’ll work with dress pants and a sweater, too. The sole is rubber, so they’ll work if you run into rain or snow in your travels.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Regent-Fit-Donegal-Tweed-Sport-Coat/MM00402,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Regent Fit Donegal Tweed Sport Coat
Brooks Brothers - Regent Fit Donegal Tweed Sport Coat
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Brooks Brothers - Regent Fit Donegal Tweed Sport Coat
Regent Fit Donegal Tweed Sport Coat
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Build your outfits around: The Sport Coat. If you work in a more creative industry, the dress code may be more flexible – which can sometimes be harder to dress for, as it may be harder to determine the “uniform”. Start with a stylish, but classic, sport coat. This wool blend midnight blue tweed blazer from Robert Talbott will travel well. The jacket’s open patch pockets and soft construction give it a more casual look. The coat is dressy enough for a shirt, tie and wool dress pants but just as dapper with khaki’s or jeans. The blue tweed makes it easy to match multiple sweaters and shirts with the coat. The fit is classic, which just lends to its versatility, and longevity in your wardrobe. For a similar but trim fit blazer, J. Crew’s blue tweed is a winner.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Ike-Behar-Micro-Check-Poplin-Dress-Shirt-Pink/prod171780172_cat21130735__/p.prod Ike Behar - Micro-Check Poplin Dress Shirt
Ike Behar - Micro-Check Poplin Dress Shirt
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Micro-Check Poplin Dress Shirt
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Pop some color into your look, while still looking business appropriate, with this micro check Ike Behar dress shirt. This looks great with the jacket, with or without a tie. Or layer it under the grey v-neck sweater we’re showing below for an equally polished look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-woven-silk-tie/3749537 BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
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Woven Silk Tie
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This silk plaid Hugo Boss tie adds fun to the outfit, while maintaining a professional look. The pattern works with the Ike Behar shirt, since it’s similar but more exploded. This stylish finish will work during the day and once you head out for dinner that evening.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Wool-Blend-V-Neck-Sweater-Dark-Gray-/prod173450124_cat21150734__/p.prod Vince - Wool-Blend V-Neck Sweater
Vince - Wool-Blend V-Neck Sweater
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Vince - Wool-Blend V-Neck Sweater
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We mentioned how great this v-neck wool blend sweater from Vince looks with the Ike Behar rose check shirt and the blazer. It’s thinner, so it’s a great layer and easy to pack. By adding this one item to your packing list, you create at least 2 more looks – as a layer under your jacket, or just on it’s own with dark jeans. It will work well into the evening, and on your travel day.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-regular-fit-melange-check-sport-shirt/3803355 Peter Millar - Regular Fit Mélange Check Sport Shirt
Peter Millar - Regular Fit Mélange Check Sport Shirt
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Peter Millar - Regular Fit Mélange Check Sport Shirt
Regular Fit Mélange Check Sport Shirt
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A second shirt that works with the grey sport coat, this Peter Millar bold check shirt creates an entirely different look, making the jacket look fresh for that second day of the trip. The darker, bolder colors and pattern look great with grey flat front twill pants or dark washed jeans, so you’ll be able to mix-and-match with the same pants that work with the other shirt/tie combination.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27davide%27-virgin-wool-and-cotton-blend-sweater/hbna50271954.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Davide Virgin Wool and Cotton Blend Sweater
BOSS Hugo Boss - Davide Virgin Wool and Cotton Blend Sweater
This wool and cotton crew neck sweater from Hugo Boss looks great with the sport coat and Peter Millar check shirt – though really, both sweaters work with both shirts. Like the Vince sweater, this too, will work with twill pants or the dark wash jeans you packed.
http://www.agjeans.com/the-protg-arp/d/2694_c_204 AG Jeans - The Protégé Jeans
AG Jeans - The Protégé Jeans
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AG Jeans
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Even if your industry is creative, your jeans should create a polished look. Keep it modernly classic with a pair of dark ones. They’ll look great with the sport coat and all the shirts and sweaters we’re suggesting. They’re also a great option if you have time to change before a more casual dinner. This straight leg Protégé model from AG has just a little whiskering so they don’t look like you went out and bought a brand new pair of jeans for your trip (we won’t tell). This is AG’s most popular fit, good for gents looking for a modern but not extremely trim fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joes-brixton-slim-fit-cotton-twill-pants/3747164 Joe's Jeans - Brixton' Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
Joe's Jeans - Brixton' Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
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Brixton' Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
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A great alternative to a dark wash jean for a business trip is a 5-pocket twill pair. This bark color from Joe’s Jeans works back to the blazer and all of the shirt and sweater combinations. The fit is trim, so it keeps your look neat and polished for work. For a more classic fit, Peter Millar comes through with a great khaki pair.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/timberland-boot-company-wodehouse-lost-history-cap-toe-oxford-men/3797997 Timberland - Boot Company 'Wodehouse Lost History' Cap Toe Oxford Shoes
Timberland - Boot Company 'Wodehouse Lost History' Cap Toe Oxford Shoes
A versatile shoe is needed to work with everything we’re showing – after all, you’ve just gone through all the trouble of packing efficiently. You certainly don’t want to have to bring more than one pair of shoes. This cap toe oxford in a worn Horween leather from Timberland adds a casual but polished look. You’ll get plenty of use out them with charcoal, olive, or navy wool trousers when you aren't traveling.
 

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