Last week I left the charming, magical cobblestones of Montmartre for the quirky, colorful, warm streets of Austin, where I spent three days meeting with awesome colleagues and clients and about two full days on planes.
Which, of course, brings me back to one of my favorite topics: how to stay stylish while living out of a bag.
Today, I thought I’d give you another peek into my capsule wardrobe and how it works when I’ve got three days of business meetings and two days of travel to cover and I pack carry on-only.
Let’s start by talking about my packing list.
Here’s everything (clothes-wise) I brought for the five-day trip: 2 black flowy skirts, 1 black pencil skirt, 1 black sweater, 1 black long-sleeved shirt, 1 gray zip-up, 1 pink tank top, 2 black tank tops, 1 sparkly scarf, 1 pair gold earrings, 1 gold necklace, 1 pair of red tieks, 1 pair boots, and, of course, socks and undergarments and pajamas.
Yep. That’s three tank tops, three shirts, and three skirts, plus accessories.
(And even that was a little too much. You’ll notice that I did not end up wearing my tieks or my sparkly scarf, so I could have easily left those behind as well.)
So, how’d I mix this teeny wardrobe up over those five days? Well…
Day one: working on a plane from Paris to Texas.
Black flowy skirt by Anatomie, black tank top, gray zip-up from H&M, warm knee-high socks, boots, simple gold earrings, gold heart necklace.
Days two & three: client meetings.
Pink and black tank tops, a black sweater that ties behind my back, gold jewelry, and my fabulous cowgirl boots (both days) with black flowy skirt #2 (day two) and my favorite black pencil skirt (day three).
Day four: final wrap-up meetings.
Black pencil skirt, pink tank top, long-sleeved black top, boots, and gold jewelry.
Day five: flying back to Paris, sleeping en route.
Black flowy skirt #2, pink tank, black sweater, boots, and gold jewelry.
As for my hair, I wore it up every day either in a bun or a curly ponytail. This was A) because my curling iron has a European plug and I don’t have an American adaptor and B) because I forgot my hairbrush and felt that a bun was the best way to hide the fact. Good times.
This time I didn’t have a fabulous photographer to follow me around, but, despite the lack of professional quality, hopefully these photos do give you an idea of how I mixed and matched those few simple items to tackle my business meetings without feeling like I didn’t belong.
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