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30 Outfits in a Bag: Overview

June 09, 2014

A fellow fashion enthusiast, M, posed this question (paraphrased here for brevity) to me a few weeks ago: what does one pack for a long work trip?

I would not call myself a packing expert but have become rather adept at it over the years. And, as I loathe checking bags because my preference is to spend the least amount of time at the airport, I try to cram everything into my carry-on and "personal item."

The title of this (maybe) ten-part series on packing is slightly misleading; a more truthful one might read: 30 outfits in two bags. But for the sake of sensationalism, we are going to assume a "personal item" is de rigueur and thus does not need to be enumerated.
I do not normally use these two bags for trips that last longer than a week but want to show that it is possible to store all twenty items in them (granted the bulky trench coat has to be worn on travel days). The beauty is that regulation-sized carry-on's are larger than the bags pictured above so your bag will likely also hold running shoes, proper pajamas, extra undergarments, additional beauty products, and special occasions attire if your trip calls for them. 

A caveat: the outfits that these pieces produce skew business casual (and dressy casual) so would not be appropriate for a leisure trip or a work trip for someone who needs to adhere to business formal dress codes.

Below are the twenty items that will be used to create thirty outfits; this number includes bags and shoes but excludes other accessories:
Jackets: American Eagle | J. Crew | BCBG | Zara (similar) | Burberry
Tops: Forever 21 | Ann Taylor | LOFT | Ann Taylor
Bottoms: J. Crew | J. Crew | The Gap
Dresses: Ann Taylor | Ann Taylor
Bags: YSL | Prada | H&M
Shoes: Miu Miu (similar) | Zara (similar) | Converse
The last part of this series will be a discussion on how to build on or trim down the twenty items shown above for trips of a different length or nature.

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17 comments

  1. YAAAAY!!!!

    *takes notes*

    The best part about this is that I happen to have several of these items (or things startlingly similar).

    I can't wait to see how you put them all together! Thanks for posting this!

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    1. I am so happy you found this helpful!

      Also, I think I've identified the reason that you never got my original e-mail. I sent it from a different account (nothingbutmirrors@gmail.com)...is it possible that it was filtered? :)

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    2. I searched my inbox but don't see it anywhere. Ah well, gmail is finnicky sometimes. I had a draft of a work email (my office uses a gmail inbox) and two weeks later, for no apparent reason, it just was randomly sent to the recipient.

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  2. Oooh - looks like such an exciting series - can't wait to read more :-)

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    1. Thanks, Ella!

      p.s. I keep meaning to tell you how much I enjoyed that LOFT collaboration you worked on with Elaine. You both looked gorgeous!

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    2. Thanks Elle - we've got one more post coming - love LOFT clothes so much :-)

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  3. Wow, you really can pack all that in two carry-on size bags! I would like to see what you look like carrying those two bags! Are they super heavy? I'm planning a trip for 3 days, so trying not to check-in any bags, but when I tried to stuff only 4 outfits and all my travel beauty products in one canvas backpack....I just couldn't do it. I need more muscles, haha.

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    1. These bags are not too oversized but are pretty heavy once full. Have you looked into getting travel organizers? I would also explore other bag options, canvas backpacks don't strike me as being particularly spacious. :)

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  4. Holy cow! Ok can't wait to see the rest of this Elle!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Elaine. :)

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  5. love this! www.rosecitystyleguide.com

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  6. Love this idea! Please, please, please consider doing a post like this for strictly leisure vacations. I often Struggle & try to pack the whole house when going on a cruise or other leisure vacation. Virtually everyone goes on vacations (non work related) so the post would have mass appeal. Please consider it!!! Thanks in advance!
    Shy

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    1. Hi there, I'll work on this. I am not the greatest leisure travel packer so it'll be an interesting challenge. :)

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  7. Great post! I'll be going to another part of Canada for a week this summer and am hoping to pack everything in my Longchamp.
    jessydust.com

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    1. Impressive! I have to bring at least two Longchamp totes for week-long trips...must...pack...lighter... :)

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  8. very cool series! it's really timely as i'm literally procrastinating packing right now for a business trip (leaving tomorrow) as i type this out. :)

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