the work trip
I was assigned at a fairly short notice four-day business trip to Harbin, China, which among other things, gave me the excuse to do yet another packing post, which I never seem to tire of. I'm a bit too lazy to shoot my things so I went to Polyvore and threw together things that approximate my own, supplemented with ideas from this GOOP post.
Step 1: Check weather, itinerary
Warm days, cool nights. (12 to 25 degrees Celsius). Lots of meetings and site visits. Vibe of trip is on the conservative side but the site visits are casual.
Step 2: Determine what in my closet doesn’t wrinkle too badly
I’m not too concerned about wrinkles on holidays, but work is another thing.
Step 3: Pick out foundation items around which outfits will be built
- Black tapered-leg trousers
- Grey blazer
Step 4: Pick out tops
This is the hard part, where I pick tops according to what works for each day. I change my mind a lot. In the end I picked:
- Cream and navy striped cotton top
- Blue and white checked cotton shirt
- Cream silk shirt(wrinkles but steams out easily and it's my best formal dinner option)
- Grey cotton knit pullover (worn on its own or over shirts)
Step 5: Pick out shoes
- Beige suede chukka boots
- Low heels (wasn't keen on bringing them but I need them for a formal dinner)
Step 6: Add the missing ingredients
- Dark skinny jeans (for flight and for the more outdoorsy days)
- Grey scarf
- A gold cuff (to make dinner outfit dressier)
Step 7: Add underwear, PJs, toiletries, spare glasses, various chargers
Step 8: Select bags
- My trusty navy Longchamp messenger bag
This excludes my flight outfit, which is leggings, t-shirt, the grey pullover, and the chukka boots (we don;t have to remove shoes at security here).
Well, that's it then. See you all in a week.