At 7:25AM yesterday morning I stepped off an airplane, dragging my business fashions behind me in a rolling suitcase. After being jostled around in my very touchy rental car all day, I checked into my hotel and went through my unpacking ritual. Once I placed the quart-sized Ziploc bag—filled with security-friendly 3-oz. beauty gels and liquids—onto the bathroom counter, I realized that there must be a formula to make this routine just a little more glamorous.
For the ideal carry-on, I’ve always followed the classic “mix and match” adage. My first step in that direction is to set aside the suit.
Nanette Lepore Tuxedo Jacket
Well that part’s easy. But considering the other necessary pair of slacks I have to bring, nothing is worse than pairing a suit jacket with a different pair of trousers (no matter what anyone says, all blacks do not match), so there is a necessity for a third cover-up. Another suit jacket, however, is a bit too bulky for overhead compartment. This vest/t-shirt/slacks idea therefore is the perfect solution. Plus I could wear this shirt under the pre-packed suit!
Along with the simple black shirt, I also have a collection of feather-weight turtlenecks and blouses I always pack along for perfect solo and layering pieces.
And shoes—my cardinal rule and a room-saver in the suitcase: one pair of classic pumps through the airport and at meetings, one pair of sneakers in the suitcase.
For the daily makeover, the airport rules instill being simple and minimal—so every trip’s goal is to make a little go a long way. The “Airplane Approved Beauty” section on Sephora’s website has been my lifesaver!
Speaking of accessories—I used to bring jewelry pouches of multiple pieces for those “just in case” moments. Now I’m down to simple studs, one pair of funky hoops, one statement necklace and one ring. I also make sure the pieces don’t necessarily go together, but they individually put the final touch on each versatile outfit.
And of course, let’s not forget the packaging. My laptop has never looked so good… .
So, as I set up my wake-up call, I wonder: Can function really blend with fashion? Well I sure hope so; otherwise, my upcoming travels will be looking much more bland.
—Rachel YeomansSee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40
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