By Jenn Bussell
George Clooney is everywhere these days, and that’s not a bad thing. In my opinion you can never have too much George. But it has me reminiscing about last’s year’s critically acclaimed film Up in the Air, and how uncomfortable George, Vera, and Anna looked traveling all buttoned-up tight in their conservative suits.
Having committed myself to at least one global adventure a year since 2005, I’ve focused a lot of time and effort on becoming a perfect packing minimalist while looking like a million bucks. Trust me, it’s not easy. As a first time business traveler, you’re off the hook. Here are some tips to make it through your first rounds at the security line.
I find the most challenging of all trips to be the 1-day and 2-day jaunts for interviews, or business meetings. You don’t want to check a bag. You don’t want to arrive looking a rumpled mess either. The key to looking fresh and first-class worthy is a quick and simple flight plan.
Taking cues from Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, the objective onboard is ‘comfortable chic.’ That means starting with a simple black dress, flats, a cute sweater or jacket, and oversized scarf to ward off arctic A/C. On oversized tote in lightweight microfiber won’t weigh you down if you find yourself in a 50-yard dash to the gate.
But wait, you say, I can’t dazzle my top client in an outfit that’s more brunch than boardroom! No worries. Stashed in that smart bag of yours will be a statement necklace, a tailored blazer in a wrinkle-free jersey knit, a cute cosmetic bag for transporting delicate jewels (it also doubles as a cute clutch!), and a pair of sensibly-styled heels in a not-so-sensible color like turquoise.
Once off the plane duck into the ladies’ room and swap the sweater for the blazer, the scarf for the necklace, and the flats for the heels. Tuck everything back into your tote and…voila…you’re ready for the C-suites.