How To Pack For A Business Trip . Autumn

Season: Autumn
Weather: Sunny, Slightly Humid.
Duration: 23 days
Temperature: 12°C  to 28°C
Baggage Type: Check-In (30KG)
Colour Palette: Navy, Nude, Black and Mustard.
Occasion: Business and Meetings
Culture: Conservative
Is it me or does most 'How to Pack for a Business Trip' revolves around a man's wardrobe?  Since we have been jetting around and living out of a suitcase, we thought we'd share tips on how us ladies can pack without sacrificing our personal style yet still looking professional and business ready. Leaving for a business trip very soon. Therefore let's pack! As usual, we are using 'The 5 4 3 2 1 Packing Rule' as a packing guideline. A rule of thumb before we get started is to check the weather and know what to expect before we even start packing.





.01 Grey Knit

One of the most versatile traveling piece of life. Wear it on the plane to save space, pair it with a pair of fun trousers or modernly cut pencil skirt for a chic corporate look. Swap it up with a pair of fitted jeans and sneakers for an off-duty weekend look.

.03 Black Lace-Up Blouse

Tuck into black trousers and A-Line skirt during office hours or wear it with some dark denim and vans on casual Fridays. Also a great lightweight piece to lounge around or run errands in.

.02 Mustard Knit

An unexpected punch of colour to break the monochromatic theme. Extended sleeves with golden buttons transform a conventional knit top into something playful and quirky.

.04 Cropped Checkered Shirt

To be worn with highwaisted trousers/skirts on warmer autumn days. Most probably wearing it under my trench coat without overheating what's under. If the temperature somehow decides to drop, patterned shirt is a great layering piece under knitwear for a peek of surprise.

.05 Navy T-Shirt

A good T-shirt does it all. Dress it up with skirts, trousers, dress it down with jeans and even on its own. *smirk*






.01 Black Trousers

Foundation to a girl boss's wardrobe. A pair of power trousers that is well fitted brings out a person's charisma and taste, eventually leading to self-confidence and energy that everyone is after. This pair of trousers from & other stories is my favourite and has travelled with me on multiple trips.

.03 Navy A Line Skirt

'Statement' bottom that compliments the whole colour scheme. Classic A-Line skirt showcases formality without being overly feminine. The one I have is slightly structured and is made out of a semi-thick fabric which works perfect for the season.

.02 High-Waisted Jeans

Another travel essential that can dressed up and down. One thing to take note of is the fit (Skinny, Flared, Cropped) and colour. Light washed denim tends to look a little more laid-back therefore if you are looking to increase the frequency of wear, I'd say go for darker washed denim.

.04 Highwaisted Shorts

Great way to look chic and less bulky during the colder months. However, I don't recommend doing this if it's freezing outside. Would love to wear some leggings underneath and try to look youthful before I go into my 30s. #justjoking 






.02 LBD

Power outfit. One of the prettiest and comfiest dress I own. Interesting way to look sexy, effortless and appealing in a conservative environment. Simple design played up with polka dotted mesh and a seamless sweetheart neckline. Where's my report?!

.01 Nude Knit Dress

Classic roll-neck knitted dress is absolutely in-trend at the moment. Works well on its own but I reckon it'll look fabulous with trench coat draping over the shoulders and a sexy red lip.  La Vie en Rose x


.03 LWD

LWD adds a breath of fresh air and youthfulness to any travel wardrobe without being too cutesy. A white canvas works like salt & perpper with my trench coats [Navy + Nude] and shoe options [Leather brogues, Strappy Heels, Nude Flats and Floral Vans]. Bringing this LWD from day to night, from dim sum breakfast to formal dinner occasions. 

**Disclaimer: Travelling with white clothing item isn't a smart choice but since I have convenient washing facilities, why not eh :p




.02 Navy Trench Coat

Slightly different from the nude one as this has lapels. A more masculine outerwear for days when we want a boost of a little something something. Navy is playing strong in this packing game. Put on a monochromatic navy ensemble for a little surprise. How fashionable. 

.01 Nude Trench Coat

Lightweight trench that isn't too bulky and doesn't take up too much room in the suitcase. Washes easily and is absolutely versatile. Wear it with anything you can think of. Had to bring up the washing factor because you know how it is when you travel with just 15 items and a bar of soap. 






.01 Blanket Scarf


The only blanket related item that is socially acceptable on the streets. Decided to go for a navy printed scarf because the deeper shade has more formality and would look great with anything (also because this is one of the three scarfs I own).





.01 Black Leather Shoes
.02 Nude Pointy Flats
.03 Black Strappy Heels
.04 Floral Vans

.05 Leggings x1
.06 Pajamas x2
.07 Socks + Undergarments
.08 Makeup + Skincare [Details here]


Depending on the duration of your trip, cut down on the number of bottoms, dresses and shoes where possible. By mix and matching all items I've packed I could easily get 26 outfits without repeating and that is a month's worth of outfit :) Stay tuned if you want to see how I style and pull through the month long business trip with just 15 clothing items. Thank you for reading and see you soon!! x

The 5 4 3 2 1 Packing Rule

"Happiness is packing for an adventure somewhere far..."

Packing for a trip is as fun as it sounds. Not an over packer by all means but I'm the person who loves packing way ahead. At least a week in advance so I could switch things up as my mood goes along. On a side note, how fun is it to see our luggage bag lying around till the ETD. Such an exciting build-up!! Saw this fun packing rule where we pack according to the 5 4 3 2 1 formula. Thought we should give it a go and may the strategic packing begins.



White T
Grey T
Lace-Up Blouse
Mustard Knit
Sleeveless Knit Rollneck
+ Nude Knit


Navy Highwaisted Jeans
Nude Faux Leather Skirt
Strecthy Black Pants
**Navy Knit Mini Dress


Navy Sleeveless Coat
Black Faux Leather Jacket


Stripe Faux Fur Stole
Blanket Scarf



Packing involves creativity and shouldn't be bounded by rules. I've taken one extra top and went with only 3 bottoms. Sneaking in a cute mini dress just because. Feel free to move outside of the box in terms of what 5 4 3 2 1 you want to work with. I've excluded shoes because travelling with too many pairs of shoes can be a burden. Heck yes size 8 feet. As of now, I'm thinking of wearing my cool patent oxford flatforms on the plane. Also packing a pair of chunky heeled bootie to give me extra inches as I strut along the streets of Japan. One important factor to take note of is the weather. Go with the latest weather forecast and you will thank yourself for that.

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