Work is taking me to the West Coast to interview movers and shakers in Silicon Valley for Beyond the Pencil (Skirt). Believe it or not, I have never been to California let alone San Francisco. If one more person tells me I’m never going to want to come back to New York, I may just pack a bigger suitcase.
When it comes to packing, I’ve never been one to take only a carry on - mostly because there is nothing worse than lugging a heavy bag for miles through the airport. However, that doesn’t mean that I do not believe in packing efficiently. The last dilemma you want to find yourself in is having to dump out your suitcase on the hotel floor every time you are getting dressed for dinner (been there, done that).
A simple rule of thumb is: take the number of days you will be out of town and pack the same number of tops, one less of pants, *no more than three pairs of shoes ever*, a skirt or dress for any festive occasion, twice the number of underwear, and voila. Done. Almost.
I’ve mapped out key pieces I am taking to SF (or very similar pieces to the ones I’m taking). My 3 day + 3 night trip itinerary includes: photoshoot interviews, a happy hour (or two) with my colleagues, a hiking trip, potential vineyard visit, hot yoga, and casual dinners. Weather forecast is partly cloudy, high 60’s/low 50’s. Weird half-spring-half-winter-not-sure-what-to-wear mix.
The first slide shows all items going in my suitcase, followed by slides of ways to mix and match. More details on my selected items below:
1. The always reliable chambray shirt. Ask any of my friends or colleagues - when in doubt this is my go-to (especially for traveling). This one is from Rag & Bone. Madewell also has solid chambray options.
2. The second most reliable, a gingham blouse. Also a Madewell staple.
3. Stripe tee (full disclosure: I’m dying to buy this PLAY Comme des Garcons tee, mine is by Chance): tuck into jeans during the day or into a long chiffon skirt at night and you’ve got two Spring ensembles.
4. My two pant options are Rag & Bone jeans - 1 pair of black, 1 pair of blue. Simple.
5. Lululemon pants and workout top (not shown in the slideshow).
6. Shoes: black loafers (these are dolce vita); black Nike sneakers (for hiking and other sporty SF activities); platform sandals (I LOVE these by Nanette Lepore, I am taking a similar pair by Loeffler Randall).
7. Outerwear: A jean jacket - this one is from J. Brand. Mine is from Gap Kids circa 2003; and an anorak-rain-jacket-type situation. This one is from J. Crew. Mine was a steal at Forever 21 back in the college days and is still kicking.
... and that’s all folks! SF is supposed to be super chill, no?
*If you worry about clothes starting to smell from re-wearing them, fill a travel bottle with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo from The Laundress in Cedar. This stuff seriously works.
*I don’t trust hotel conditioner so I always take my Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Conditioner.
*Also, if you can’t spend money on new “travel clothes” for your trip, a manicure and a fun new lip color will instantly update your look.