March 6, 2012 6:53 pm

Business traveller: Clothes that every man should pack

It is desirable to have a range of outfits for various occasions on a trip. But can you fit them all in one carry-on bag?

Get the basics right
“Pack a wardrobe that will produce the most versatile arrangements,” says Alan Flusser, the New York fashion designer who devised the wardrobe for the unpleasant but undeniably stylish Patrick Bateman character in the movie American Psycho. “Typically, you want a medium-to-dark grey, three-button, single-breasted suit and a navy or black blazer.”

Add a pair of jeans to the mix and you have a smart outfit, a smart casual outfit and a more casual outfit for evenings. Under an appropriate jacket or blazer, you might even be able to wear a stylish T-shirt for more informal events.

Accessorise smartly
“If you have a blue and a white shirt, and possibly a striped shirt, a plain dark tie and a striped tie, and a white handkerchief, you give yourself greater flexibility,” says Mr Flusser. “Everything goes with everything else.” Moreover, these colours are foolproof: dark grey, blue and black look good on almost everyone. Ties are small, so you can help flexibility by taking several.

Minimise large items
Shoes will be your heaviest items, so try to take just the pair you are wearing.

Black loafers go with everything from jeans to a smart suit.

If the weather is an issue, take a medium suit and pack a lightweight rainproof jacket and a silk scarf.

Go for quality
Mr Flusser advises choosing good quality shirts and suits and packing them well: “Fold shirts and put them in plastic. Any creases in good quality wool will hang out when you get to the hotel.”

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