Editor’s note: I’m heading to Sydney today to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and blog for Maybelline NY. Helping me out are some of my blogging friends. Because I commission these posts and these bloggers are helping me to keep my blog running while I’m away from regular duties, I’ll also be paying them for their contributions. Today, say hello to the gorgeous Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes.
Hey there, Stylers. I’m Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes and I’ve been charged with this week’s Wardrobe Boot Camp for Kim, who needs to know how to pack for a work trip.
Kim, who travels regularly for work as a wine company representative, has a packing dilemma which many of us can relate to. She packs too much, forgets key things and would love an easy system to streamline her life and boost her confidence.
I would love to know how to pack for 3 to 4 days away with work without overpacking. I live in rural WA and when I travel to Perth, I always seem to be in a packing nightmare. What do I take etc? I always end up packing too much and forgetting things like accessories. Plus when I am in Perth, I don’t want to feel like a country bumpkin!
I would love a simple system or packing list so I feel confident and organised. I’d like it to fit in an overnight suitcase and one bag.
Start with the details: What events will you be attending? Will you be on your feet all day? Anything more formal? What about the weather?
Answering these questions will narrow down what you need to pack. No point packing a blinged out clutch and stiletto heels if you’re attending a breakfast function at the beach.
Outfit sorting: Next step is what to pack. Grab some of your favourites – the pieces that you feel your best in – and put them in piles by item. Choose two bottoms, say a skirt and a pair of jeans, add lingerie, two tops and one top layer like a blazer or a smart cardigan. For each top, add accessories like a scarf and jewellery. I would also add a hair accessory for each outfit, but that might be just me!
Now, take at look at what you’ve done in a few minutes – four outfits that mix and match. Well done, you!
Additional clothes: Add a classic dress in a style that flatters your shape and a different piece of jewellery, like a statement necklace. Add a pair of coloured footless tights and you’ve got another outfit that can be dressed up or dressed down and will work if the weather changes.
You’ve checked the weather so you know if you need to pack a trench coat or an umbrella or tanks in place of knitwear for your tops. Don’t forget your PJs and I always chuck in a spare pair of knickers or two. If you have time for exercising, pack your exercise gear. Even if you only have 15 minutes, a quick walk around the block a few times will make you feel better.
Shoes: Kim is likely to be on her feet a lot so comfort is a priority. Ballet flats look pretty but offer virtually no support, so don’t make the mistake of equating flat with comfortable. A loafer or a brogue will give support but without losing style points. Another great option is an ankle boot – supportive, comfortable and can be worn with jeans or a dress.
Accessories: You might choose to wear the same elegant watch and simple diamond studs every day, but mix it up with a colourful bangle and / or a statement necklace. Or vice versa. Up to you.
By selecting a good-sized leather tote in a classic neutral colour, like tan or buttercream, you’re guaranteed that it will coordinate with everything, look stylish and pulled together but be a bit more interesting than basic black. Choose one big enough to carry the essentials like wallet and phone, but also fit in travel essentials like your makeup bag, hairbrush, deodorant, iDevices, notebooks, foldable umbrella, cardigan etc.
Beauty Products: I buy mini products, where available, of my favourites as I find it easier than decanting into travel containers, and gift with purchase samples come in handy too. Double up products like a lip and cheek creme are fabulous for travel.
Cut down on beauty bulk when travelling by choosing one makeup look – multi-product palettes are fab. A simple way to appear more polished is to wear a fabulous bright lipstick, over a BB cream base set with powder, with a touch of the lipstick blended into the apples of your cheeks, and lusciously mascarared lashes. It’s just like you, only better.
How to Pack: Roll your clothes tightly as you pack them – you can use a smaller bag and get fewer creases. If you roll outfits together, including the accessories, you can just grab an outfit in the morning, as you’ve already done the hard work. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
I’ve selected some essential wardrobe pieces to create a capsule travel wardrobe that will work back with the pieces Kim already has – I love her striped top and colourful necklace combination with the casual denim.
1. Sterling & Hyde Stacie Tan Tote $174.96 2. Shabby Sisters Techno Collar $45 3. Brown Sugar Jacquard Spot Scarf $59.95 4. Sussan The Kate Jacket $69.95 5. Country Road Mena Ankle Boot $229 6. Caley Blue loafers by Hush Puppies from Style Tread (on sale) $97.90 7. Verily Cross My Heart Stripe Dress $129
Are you an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink packer like Kim? Do you have some fabulous packing tips to share with Rachel? Please let us in on your secrets!
If you think you’d like to be considered as part of a Wardrobe Boot Camp post, then please email me ([email protected]) with a couple of photos and a brief run down of what specific help you would like.
Kim-Marie Williams blogs at KimbaLikes.com, where she chats about Family : Fashion : Frivolity – the things Kimba Likes! Kimba is an expat Kiwi, wife to the Welshman, mama to 9-year-old Boyo and crazy bunny lady. A dedicated follower of fashion, beauty junkie, op shopper extraordinaire and rugby union fan, Kimba is celebrating her Big Four Oh My Gods this year, and is enjoying the confidence which comes with knowing your own style. You can find Kimba Likes all over the social media landscape, sharing her latest bargain as her life mantra is Never Pay Retail!