Tips for dressing appropriately while on a business trip
Business travelers need to wear classy and work-appropriate attire at all times, but it can be difficult to balance looking sharp in your meeting while sporting something comfortable and easy through the airport and while renting a car. On business trips, not only is appropriateness important - travelability is also a major concern.
A good place to get started is by fully understanding your itinerary so you’re sure you’re prepared for any occasion. Once you’ve picked up your rental car, where are you headed first? Business meetings, after-hours dinners, even getting to and from the hotel, you may not have time to change once you get off the plane, so you’ll need to be prepared. In any case it is important to look your best as you never know who will be traveling in the next seat. Many variations of "business-professional" and "business-casual" attire will likely be needed, so it's best to stick with safe attire options when you know you'll be meeting with clients and other business professionals. Additionally, check the weather in the city you’re headed to so you don’t get caught unprepared.
Your top priority should be finding pieces that are wrinkle-proof, stain resistant, lightweight, and versatile. Another tip would be to pack items that can be dressed up or down. For men, pack a matching suit with several non-iron shirts, a pair of dark jeans, and comfortable shoes. Wear the jacket on the plane for warmth, style, and of course to save room in your luggage. For women, a dress is an easy option that will not require many accessories, but a natural colored skirt and a pair of pants should cover you for any occasion. Limit shoes and choose slip-ons if possible to prevent taking up precious cargo in your luggage and to help you speed through security.