December 10th, 2013
Shopping, Style Inspiration, What to Wear, Work Wardrobe
Winter 2013 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to a Work Conference Abroad
By Danielle Nicole

Happy Tuesday Bombshells! I hope you all are having a fabulous start to your work week. To help you get into the swing of things and possibly get out of your workday wardrobe rut, tap into today’s What to Wear.

Kirah writes, “Hi there, I have a 10 day work conference coming up in a sunny country. Since I can’t travel with my whole wardrobe, any advice on how to travel light yet still ensure I am fashionable yet professional. It would be much appreciated! Thank you!”

Your best bet at keeping your luggage light is to mix and match key pieces that you can easily restyle. Your conference wardrobe should include your everyday work-ready essentials: pencil skirts/dresses, blazers, button down blouses, pumps and the like.

What to Wear to a Work Conference Reiss Sienna Stripe Pleated Skirt Schutz Dorothy Perkins Black Textured Bodycon Dress Victoria Beckham Brown East West Victoria Tote

To sass up your look, pack standout accessories that will punch things up without forcing you to completely revamp your ensemble.

For specific how-to’s, take a peek at a few more wardrobe ideas…

For the airplane, work pieces that are comfortable yet stylish like a pair of dark wash skinnies with a classic striped top. For an airport chic look grab a standard tote, stylish sunglasses, and a vivid red lip. With a pair of wedge sandals this look can also easily double as a sight-seeing ensemble.

What to Wear to a Work Conference Abroad Givenchy Geometric Sheer Scarf P.A.R.O.S.H. Blazer Miu Miu Sunglasses Sabine Vintage Statement Necklace

Once off the plane, slip into a pair of pointed toe flats and spruce up this casual look with a printed scarf, a posh short sleeve blazer, and a statement necklace for a less relaxed and more polished look.

Dress up a standard white button down with a pair of J.Crew printed trousers and a black suede pump. Complete your workday look with a navy tote and a simple pair of spike stud earrings.

What to Wear to a Work Conference Abroad Boohoo Elsie Long Sleeve Wrap Front Silky Blouse J.Crew Collection Trousers in Foulard Christian Louboutin So Kate 120 Suede Pumps

From the conference to cocktails, switch out the white button down for a berry hued silky wrap blouse. Add a little pizzazz with a Sapphire Stella necklace, a gold box clutch, and a flirty fuchsia lip.

Tap into your inner executive with a printed jersey dress, structured blazer, and ankle-strap pumps.

What to Wear to a Work Conference Abroad Erdem Maura Printed Jersey Dress Prabal Gurung Applique Cashmere and Silk Top J.Crew Pencil Skirt Schutz Irma Pump

Mix and match the blazer and pumps with a lace pencil skirt and a black and white frilly sleeveless blouse. Incorporate a structured tote and jeweled earrings for the finishing touch.

And if your conference schedule permits a little time away from business, break out of the workday mold with an easy-breezy sundress in a vibrant hue, a pair of flat sandals, and a light jacket.

What to Wear to a Work Conference Abroad Tibi Short Dress Tamara Mellon Chill Out Metallic Leather Sandals Clare Vivier Flat Clutch Supreme Emilio Pucci Beaded Box Clutch Miu Miu Sunglasses

Transform this day look into a dinner-ready ensemble with the addition of a multi-crystal stone statement necklace, a black and white pump, and a beaded box clutch.

And that’s it! I hope I’ve helped you resolve your packing dilemma. Wishing you a fabulous time and safe travels.

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11 Responses to “Winter 2013 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to a Work Conference Abroad”

  1. Natasha says:

    Add a workout outfit and she’s good to go. Great mix ‘n match packing tips, ma’am!

  2. Moneboo says:

    Werk! I’m here for all these outfits! Key thing, always pack your bare staples. And stock up on them as well. Pencil skirts and the classic white button up can be switched up to tailor any outfit. Stick with solids on these too. It may be a little harder to re-use the same bold print pant of skirt within one week. Unless your spacing the wear date apart. I know some women who will make it their duty to know that you wore the same tribal printed skirt on Monday with a blazer and wore it on Wednesday with a turtleneck…….heifers!

  3. itsjustme says:

    just as a reminder, take into consideration the culture and subsequent expectations of the country you are visiting. i went to india earlier this year for work, and the women were dressed in more conservative, loose-fitting clothing. enjoy your trip!

  4. binks says:

    Nice selections, I agree with packing light, wearing key pieces in different ways and packing the staples. I hope she has a great trip!

  5. kateee says:


  6. Yvonne Chaka Chaka says:

    Claire is there any way we can just order looks?

  7. marguerite says:


  8. Anonymous says:

    you guys alwaysss have the best style options

  9. Chinwe says:

    Where can I find those black d’orsay pumps. I’ve been at a loss so far

  10. gren says:

    Where can I get the black slacks pictured?

  11. Wow I would be a lot more excited about conferences if I had all these fabulous clothes!

    It is important to dress nice on the airplane ride there – you never know who you are going to run into! I learned that the hard way. :)

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