Compiled by: Maiden Voyage, female business travel solutions
Travelling on business is often a packing nightmare. Without taking the entire contents of your wardrobe, you need outfits for the morning meeting, the out-of-office client lunch, and the evening drinks. And what about cultural dress codes? By the end of it, you’re probably carrying two bags and an extra coat onto the plane.
As female business travel specialists, we’ve heard – and experienced! – it all.
So here are our top 10 fashion travel tips to keep you both safe and stylish.
Some countries and cultures have gender-specific dress codes in place, which may be actively enforced. Preparation is a must.
Whether it’s a fake or the real deal, a wedding ring is a reliable way to dissuade unwanted attention, fast.
This isn’t just about making your arms ache a little less (though that is a definite plus). Only taking hand luggage means a cheaper flight, a faster exit from the airport with no waiting around at the baggage carousel, and you can move through the terminal (and your destination) unencumbered by a large heavy suitcase.
It may seem counter intuitive; but flashy suitcases are sure to attract attention on the baggage carousel, and perhaps even persuade someone to claim it as their own. If you can’t do without hold luggage, opt for a plain-coloured non-designer suitcase and mark it out as yours with a colourful strap.
Watches, necklaces, bracelets: leave them at home. Do some research into your destination, and find out whether the city is a well-known hotspot for robbery/mugging. If you need jewellery for an evening event, then keep it under wraps until you’re at the venue.
Theft is always a risk when travelling, and handbags are especially tempting to thieves. Think of how much value you’re carrying around – your passport, cards and money, ID, even expensive makeup – and how lost you would be without it. Keep it with you and your eye on it at all times. When it’s possible to leave it behind, such as the hotel breakfast, then do so rather than leave it on your chair.
Not only can they transform an outfit, they’re also useful for cultures which in certain areas or religious sites may require you to cover shoulders/arms/cleavage.
Take items from the same palette, and find a key item – like a shirt or a pair of trousers – that you can re-wear with a few different pieces, to create a new look each time.
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We’re talking one pair of flats, and one pair of heels. Find styles that are versatile enough to go with almost anything, or play around with your shoes and outfit choices until you find combinations that work.
A black dress can go a long way: keep it simple in the day, then add accessories, heels, and a new hairstyle for an evening look.