All capsule travel wardrobes benefit from having a healthy variety of shapes and colors. Business travel complicates this simple rule because business-appropriate attire often bears boring shapes and/or colors.


Of the twenty items assembled for this hybrid trip, only two skirts made the list and both are somewhat typical workwear (with a slight twist): one in a distracting yellow color and the other flares slightly.

J. Crew Classic Schoolboy Blazer | Ann Taylor Silk Shell with Necktie and Pintucks | J. Crew Sterling Skirt in Double-serge Wool | H&M Shoulder Bag | Miu Miu Taupe Pumps (similar)



I avoid safety-pinning clothes when I can but when faced with the prospect of having to wear the same skirt every day for a week, I get creative (if not outright destructive).


There are two no-sew methods when it comes to shortening a skirt: one can either roll up the skirt (something I learned in fifth grade; stuffy Catholic school uniforms beg to be tampered with) or shorten the length with safety pins.


For A-line skirts, especially ones with pockets, the first method works improperly about fifty percent of the time so I normally choose to fold the skirt inward from the bottom and secure the new length with safety pins (four or five of them will do the trick).

Previously on 30 Outfits in a Bag:
Part I: Overview
Part II: Crossover Dress
Part III: Bow Top 
Part IV: Navy Blazer

Part V:  Crochet Dress + No-Sew Dress Shortening