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Andrea DiSimone

Andrea DiSimone

January 20, 2015


What to Pack on Your Next Business Trip

When you pack for a vacation, you tailor your choices to the destination’s climate, right? You wouldn’t put a parka in your suitcase if you were off to Puerto Rico. Well, the same goes for preparing for a business trip. Each city has its own dress code—and that goes for what you wear in the conference room and at the hot new club you’ll hit at night. Here, WORKS takes a look at four popular cities and what you should take along on your next visit.

New York
For Work: As the capital of the business-suit world, be prepared to look sharp: crisp white shirts, tailored pants, and well-cut blazers. But kick it up with a killer pair of heels. New York girls favor their Manolo Blahniks and Christian Louboutins to tackle the office, but these Michael Kors Pressley Pump will have just as much impact. ($98;

For Play: For a night out on the town with business associates, you can never go wrong in a little black dress. Keep your hemline longer and add a pop of color with this Black Marc by Marc Jacobs Leigh one shoulder dress with red patent belt. Your patent heels will be a perfect match! ($189;

For Work: Bring out your inner Southern belle. Lose your high heels and opt for a more moderate pump, don a looser-fitting suit skirt, and ditch your starched top for a more relaxed button-up. Put on some pearls and this Ultra eyelet shell top. ($98;

For Play: Whether it’s dinner on the town or a quick shopping trip at the local mall, keep cool and look sweet. Try light fabrics and soft colors and always keep a wide-brim hat handy. Get lost in town with this adorable Juicy Couture Lofty Embroidered Shift Dress in dial. During the day keep it simple with ballerina flats or metallic sandals, but pair with gold strappy heels for a night on the town.

For Work: With temperatures in the 90s year-round, you definitely won’t need to pack your winter wear. Stick to light materials and preferably sleeveless tops—to avoid sweat stains while making your way around the city. Try this Marc by Marc Jacobs Arielle Bloom Top in navy, paired with a lightweight pant. ($59.40;

For Play: Though you’ll be tempted to hike up your hemline like a Miami native, keep it classy with the business folks. Stick to something that isn’t too clingy or short, but do go colorful. Show skin in a tasteful way with this Diane Von Furstenberg Annika V Neck Drape Dress. ($395;

Los Angeles
For Work: L.A. has a laid-back vibe (must be all those creative types). Ditch the business suit and go for something simpler but just as professional. A black sheath dress looks good on most shapes and is always in style.

For Play: A California girl can’t leave the house without two major things: oversize sunglasses and blue jeans. When traveling out west, make sure you have your favorite fitted designer jeans along for the trip. Most places you’ll visit—dinner or drinks—will be filled with famous faces wearing just that. Try dark wash classic straight leg pants they’re perfect for dinner with clients.