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Must-Have Clothing and Accessories for a Business Trip

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 8:38am | by Guest Contributor

When you're a woman who is out making moves (especially professional ones), there's going to come a time when you'll need to take a business trip or two...or 10. And while it would be great if you could take your entire closet and bathroom counter along with you, the long lines that you have to go through at the airport security checks are enough to break you of really wanting to do that. Still, you need to be sure that you do have just what you'll need and we're here to make sure that you do.

Are you wondering what your absolute must-have clothing and accessories for a business trip should be? If so, we have a list for you right here:

A (business) suit. No matter what kind of business trip that you are taking, it's always wise to travel with a business suit. It could be for the meeting itself or for a dinner with some of your associates afterwards. It sends a message of being both professional in your appearance as well as your approach to the matters at hand.

2 or 3 pairs of shoes. A great pair of pumps or some really stylish flats are ideal (or if its wintertime, some boots). Don't forget to bring along some sneakers too. Obviously, you'll need the heels or flats for your meetings, but sneakers come in handy should you decide to work out while you're away or you are going to someplace like New York or Chicago where you may have to do a lot of walking back and forth in order to get from Point A to Point B.

A purse or briefcase. It's amazing, the amount of women who travel without this accessory. Remember that your first impression is definitely the most effective and lasting one, so to show up to an office with your hands overloaded with books and files with a phone hanging out of one pocket and a wallet hanging out of the other conveys confusion and dishevelment. A purse or briefcase is your "little luggage bag" that keeps your daily things together.

Some dark blue jeans. The wonderful thing about dark blue jeans is that you can dress them up or down based on the kind of top and shoes that you choose to wear with it. Plus, if you are staying some place that is under a week, they can actually be sufficient when it comes to how many pants that you should bring along with you because they can be matched up so well with so many different things.

A variety of accessories. Something that can entirely change the look of an outfit would have to be accessories. Take a pearl necklace vs. a scarf, for instance. You can wear your necklace with your suit and blouse in the day and then in the evening, take off the jacket and necklace and either tie the scarf around your neck or even pull back your hair with it to provide a totally different look. Plus, since accessories are smaller than clothes, you are able to fit more of them into your luggage. They're the perfect "little something extra" to bring along. Brilliant.

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