Next week I’m traveling to the East Coast for work and for a quick visit with my in-laws. I prefer to travel with just carry-on luggage: a small suitcase and my Cuyana tote. Although I’ve never had a checked bag not show up at its final destination, I’m always wary that it’ll eventually happen and I like to get out of the airport as quickly as possible and on my way. Plus, I generally eschew driving to the New York-area airports, so a small suitcase is more manageable on the subway.
Here’s what will be in my suitcase for 5 days of work and after-work events, plus 3 days of leisure. Packing in a single color palette helps cut down on needing to pack multiple items since I can mix-and-match. Note: Since I’m packing items that have been in my closet for years, some of these pieces are approximates.
Jersey wrap-dresses are basically work-appropriate pajamas and transition to drinks and dinner seamlessly. This sleeveless wrap-dress will get worn twice – once at work and once on the weekend while sightseeing.
I can re-wear these two silk blouses with shorts on the weekend and with the pencil skirt at work. (I like to pack this no-rinse detergent for hand-washing items as necessary.) A lightweight cashmere cardigan will keep me comfortable on the plane and in my office, which loves to blast the AC.
I only recently started wearing shorts (I’m self-conscious about my chicken legs) and I think this white pair looks a little more grown-up than a bright color. If I was headed anywhere other than sweltering New York, I’d probably opt for white straight leg jeans instead. I also have this blue pencil skirt which pairs nicely with both blouses for the office.
I’ll be on my feet a lot of work on account of teaching five days of coursework to graduate students and I love walking in New York, even if a restaurant is a mile or two from my hotel. A pair of nude wedges and black ballet flats work with my outfits and will keep my feet happy. I’ll also toss in these %