I’m getting ready to present at my first in-person conference even before the pandemic and I don’t know what to wear. Stylish, easily transported, warm enough to withstand hotel air conditioning, and what stands out in the Black Sea? — Yael, The Bronx.
Ah, business trip. After his two years centered around Zoom events, packing for a business trip has become as unfamiliar as getting dressed for the office. The first time I had to fly again for a fashion show, I couldn’t decide what to bring, so I ended up with twice as much luggage as he needed. Once upon a time, I turned it into a science (kind of like a go bag, but for work, not maternity or emergencies).
But it was then. Work looks a little different now. I need another outfit. Still, some emergencies and wardrobes have certainly remained the same when it comes to packing.
Example: Eliminating the need for ironing makes life easier. (Unless you’re someone who considers ironing meditative.) The weather is unpredictable, and shivering at a meeting isn’t part of the agenda. I am not sweating. And given the endless number of airline and airport issues, carry-on luggage is almost always preferable to checked baggage. That means packing clothes that take up less space.
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Patrick Robinson, former designer of Armani Exchange and Gap, who left the establishment fashion world to launch Pasco, a brand focused on direct-to-consumer travel, what he recommends. I asked
His word is popover. For those who don’t know, popover his dress is a kind of do-anything garment, in a style devised by Claire McCardell, the patron saint of utilitarian fashion and the godmother of American sportswear. am. It was a runaway hit and later became the basis for all kinds of wrap dresses.
Robinson then said: They are all wrinkle resistant and breathable. ” It can also be folded into a very small package that fits snugly in your bag overnight. Finally, he recommended looking for “rich colors like navy, red, ginger, and charcoal.” All of these are “easy to mix and match with the right accessories,” he said.
Diane von Furstenberg, aka the Queen of Rap, is clearly the starting point. DVF dresses are expensive, but end-of-season sites like Outnet and Yoox can find a variety of versions at more affordable prices. Also check out the Merino number.
Next, practice your packing technique. And don’t forget the traveler’s secret weapon: the cardigan, says Robinson.
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