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I've traveled the world with these 7 pieces of clothing in my suitcase

Pack for four days of business travel with clothes that fit in a carry-on bag

Everything you need for a business trip fits in your carry-on bag Credit: Getty Images

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A small capsule wardrobe is something I’ve always aspired to—but my closet doesn’t believe me. It’s full of random stuff I bought on sale that doesn’t go with anything else. I could get rid of half of it and never notice.

Better to put together a capsule wardrobe—a simple collection of clothing to mix and match—in neutrals, for a stylish, confident look. In regular life, it’s harder to go there, but for travel, it’s a snap. I've traveled the world on business with this capsule wardrobe. And it all fits in a carry-on bag.

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Here’s the short list.

1. Black pants

BR-Sloan-pants
Credit: Banana Republic

You'll probably wear these the whole time. They're as comfortable as leggings, and they look like dress pants.
Buy for $88 at Banana Republic

2. Black pencil skirt

Calvin-Klien-Pencil-Skirt
Credit: Amazon

In case you have a client dinner to attend, you'll want to bring a skirt with you. Black makes it look dressy, but you can wear it with a T-shirt, too.
Buy for $29.94 and up at Amazon

3. Tops

Modcloth-tunic-top
Credit: Modcloth

Fun tops like this put you in a good mood, even when you're sitting through a boring meeting. You'll probably need three of them for the trip.
Buy for $44.99 at Modcloth

4. Classic button-up or chambray shirt

Cotton-shirt
Credit: J. Crew

Versatile and comfortable, you can get a lot of wear out of a soft cotton shirt. Don't worry, there's an iron in your room.
Buy for $54.99 at J. Crew

5. Long cardigan or relaxed blazer

Uniqlo-jacket
Credit: Uniqlo

Great for layering over the pants or pencil skirt. Or use it as a bathrobe if anyone comes by your room at night.
Buy for $49.90 at Uniqlo

6. T-shirts

Old-Navy-EveryWear-T-shirt
Credit: Old Navy

Sleep in your T-shirts, or wear them for your workout. Actually, you can wear a T-shirt with a skirt or pants, too.
Buy for $12.99 at Old Navy

7. Yoga pants

90-degree-yoga-pants
Credit: Amazon

For chilling in your room after a day of meetings, or to wear with a nice top for drinks in the hotel lobby.
Buy for $9.99 and up at Amazon

Pack it up

Put it all in your carry-on. Rolling is more efficient than folding. And pack your underwear, your most comfortable flats, and a pair of heels that you’ve already broken in.

Then, wear a belted trench, a long shirt, and a comfortable pair of jeans or leggings on the plane. Drape on a crossbody bag, and wrap a big scarf around your neck—for style and warmth. Put on your favorite earrings, slip into black or white sneakers, grab your carry-on, and you’re good to go.

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