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Packing for a trip

Whether you're jet-setting off to your next conference or finally planning that well-deserved vacation, the perfect wardrobe is at the top of your travel checklist. Before you zip your suitcase shut, browse a few tips from our stylists for the best fabrics and ensembles to keep you looking fresh and refined from the beach to the boardroom. 

Dress for Any Climate in Comfortable Layers

You never know when you'll get caught in the rain when you're expecting a sunny getaway – even in the tropics, it's essential to prepare for the unexpected. 

The key to dressing for any climate is packing a selection of versatile pieces you can easily layer to accommodate shifting weather. Start tackling your vacation packing list with a few lightweight basics, like satin tank tops and cropped pants. For warmer climates, include draped dresses and loose skirts you can pair with leggings or stockings if it gets chilly. In cooler areas, opt for a flexible jersey shell that stays breathable while keeping you warm. 

Finish off your ensemble with a knit cardigan or sweater that fits comfortably over your basics. Open-front and button-up designs are perfect for traveling, as they can be easily removed without wrinkling your outfit.

Brenna Knit Cardigan
Printed Transparent Organza Jacket

Pack a Versatile Foundation

Even on the most relaxed getaways, you should always be prepared with a classic evening outfit. If you're traveling for business, chances are you'll need professional attire for days and dinners, so it's essential to pack a versatile wardrobe.

When you're selecting your basics, opt for pieces that can be dressed up or down. Simple blouses, trousers, and pencil skirts can look relaxed with a pair of flats or make a professional impression with heels and a structured jacket. 

Once you've chosen the perfect foundation, pack two or three trendsetting pieces that define your look. A classic sheath dress offers an effortless option for evening wear, while a tailored blazer gives your ensemble an empowered feel. Complete the outfit with a few of your favorite accessories that easily tuck into a carry-on bag.

Doutzen wearing white tunic

Pack Wrinkle-Free Fabrics

Even on the most relaxed getaways, you should always be prepared with a classic evening outfit. If you're traveling for business, chances are you'll need professional attire for days and dinners, so it's essential to pack a versatile wardrobe.

When you're selecting your basics, opt for pieces that can be dressed up or down. Simple blouses, trousers, and pencil skirts can look relaxed with a pair of flats or make a professional impression with heels and a structured jacket. 

Once you've chosen the perfect foundation, pack two or three trendsetting pieces that define your look. A classic sheath dress offers an effortless option for evening wear, while a tailored blazer gives your ensemble an empowered feel. Complete the outfit with a few of your favorite accessories that easily tuck into a carry-on bag.

Work in One Color Palette

Wondering what to pack for vacation without taking your whole closet? Keep your full travel wardrobe within one defined color palette so that anything can be worn together. Choose understated neutrals for your basics, and save more bold colors for your statement items. The aim is for any piece in your wardrobe to pair well with any other garment, so with just a few items, you can create an entirely new look every day. 

When you're creating ensembles for trips, quality and craftsmanship are essential. Your wardrobe must be comfortable, flattering and withstand long days of traveling while keeping its structure. That's why St John Knits' designers use the highest quality Italian yarns and fibers, making all our textiles in our California studio to create unique fabrics. Each of our luxury designs is styled for the accomplished woman, and crafted to go anywhere success takes you.

Jersey Cashmere Knit Top
Two Tone Rib Knit Shawl Collar Cardigan

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