vobios said: How do you take care of a suit when traveling? What's the best way to pack it and not end up with a wrinkled mess? How do you keep it looking decent while on the road?

Reach through one of the sleeves, and pull it inside out.  Tuck one shoulder into the other, so that the lining is on the outside, then fold in half lengthwise.  Place your trousers flat on the bottom of your bag, with the ends flopping over the outside.  Put your jacket, folded in quarters with the lining out, on top of the pants.  Fold the top and bottom of the pants over the jacket. 

Then, when you get to your destination, hang everything immediately. 

This should be good enough for most trips.  If you’re traveling for a long time, and are disinclined to use a laundry, consider bringing a portable steamer with you.  I haven’t found this to be necessary, myself.

Unlike MistahWong, I’m a horrible photographer, but given the packing questions folks are always emailing us, I thought a rundown on what I’m bringing on an upcoming work trip might be informative.
I’m headed to Calgary next week for the Calgary Folk Festival.  I’ll be there for six days, conducting interviews for The Sound of Young America and, on Wednesday, giving a talk about new media called “Make Your Thing.”  (Buy your tickets, Calgarians).  I’ll be wearing a suit for the talk, but for the rest of the trip, I’ll be shooting for something like professional casual dress.  I’ll be checking a Filson Pullman, though if it weren’t for the need to carry on my audio equipment, I wouldn’t check a bag.  Weather in Calgary is expected to be mild with rain possible.
So… what am I bringing?
A navy mid-weight suit.
A light blue dress shirt, plus tie and square for the talk.
Two jackets - a summer-weight Billy Reid and a cotton pique navy blazer by hickey.
A v-neck cashmere sweater in dark red.
Two blue oxfords, one in a maroon stripe, one in a red white and blue plaid.
A lightweight gingham casual shirt.
A pair of Levi’s.
A pair of khaki chinos and a pair of lightweight white ones.
Desert boots, plus oxblood loafers and a pair of shell cordovan wingtips.
Black, maroon and navy knit ties (the lattermost with pindots).
A couple simple bow ties in case the mood strikes.
An oxblood shell cordovan belt, and one in brown elephant hide.
White, white with maroon piping and white and blue linen pocket squares.
Socks and underwear, of course.
If it still looks like rain, I’ll throw an umbrella in there, too, just in case my hotel doesn’t have loaners.  One the plane, I’ll wear the desert boots, jeans, oxford, black knit and the Billy Reid coat, which is light enough to be worn comfortably both in LA’s relative heat and Calgary’s relative cool.  And who knows, maybe a hat, too.  We’ll see.
Added post-facto: it all fit comfortably in my carry on-sized bag.  I replaced the loafers with some wet weather shoes after visions of muddy fields and rainy concerts flashed through my mind.

Unlike MistahWong, I’m a horrible photographer, but given the packing questions folks are always emailing us, I thought a rundown on what I’m bringing on an upcoming work trip might be informative.

I’m headed to Calgary next week for the Calgary Folk Festival.  I’ll be there for six days, conducting interviews for The Sound of Young America and, on Wednesday, giving a talk about new media called “Make Your Thing.”  (Buy your tickets, Calgarians).  I’ll be wearing a suit for the talk, but for the rest of the trip, I’ll be shooting for something like professional casual dress.  I’ll be checking a Filson Pullman, though if it weren’t for the need to carry on my audio equipment, I wouldn’t check a bag.  Weather in Calgary is expected to be mild with rain possible.

So… what am I bringing?

  • A navy mid-weight suit.
  • A light blue dress shirt, plus tie and square for the talk.
  • Two jackets - a summer-weight Billy Reid and a cotton pique navy blazer by hickey.
  • A v-neck cashmere sweater in dark red.
  • Two blue oxfords, one in a maroon stripe, one in a red white and blue plaid.
  • A lightweight gingham casual shirt.
  • A pair of Levi’s.
  • A pair of khaki chinos and a pair of lightweight white ones.
  • Desert boots, plus oxblood loafers and a pair of shell cordovan wingtips.
  • Black, maroon and navy knit ties (the lattermost with pindots).
  • A couple simple bow ties in case the mood strikes.
  • An oxblood shell cordovan belt, and one in brown elephant hide.
  • White, white with maroon piping and white and blue linen pocket squares.
  • Socks and underwear, of course.

If it still looks like rain, I’ll throw an umbrella in there, too, just in case my hotel doesn’t have loaners.  One the plane, I’ll wear the desert boots, jeans, oxford, black knit and the Billy Reid coat, which is light enough to be worn comfortably both in LA’s relative heat and Calgary’s relative cool.  And who knows, maybe a hat, too.  We’ll see.

Added post-facto: it all fit comfortably in my carry on-sized bag.  I replaced the loafers with some wet weather shoes after visions of muddy fields and rainy concerts flashed through my mind.

The best dressed guy we know (well, know of), MistahWong, details his packing list for a business trip.
mostexerent:

I’m off to Singapore for 2 night & 2.5 days.. It is going to be >30c + >90% humidity..
What does one pack in a cabin size roll-on (other than wearing a combination of the below)? 1 x navy wool 8oz “Phasco” 3 roll 2 single breasted BlazerSuit (3 patch pockets + brown horn buttons + soft unlined jacket. Pants are single reverse pleat with side tabs) - can be worn separately 1 x dark grey wool 8oz “Phasco” 3 roll 2 single breasted BlazerSuit (3 besom pockets + ticket pocket + brown horn buttons + soft unlined jacket. Pants are single reverse pleat with side tabs) - can be worn separately 1 x white oxford cloth pin-point cotton button down 1 x white oxford cloth pin-point cotton Italian/English spread collar 1 x white & blue bengal stripe on herringbone weave fine cotton button down 1 x chocolate knit tie 1 x navy with chocolate paisley tie 1 x blue with mid blue polka dot tie 3 x cotton boxers 3 x navy cotton socks 3 x cotton hankies 3 x pocket squares (colors are built around white, light blue & brown) 1 x red cotton/lycra chino pant 1 x navy cotton polo shirt 1 x dark brown suede U-Tip brogue 1 x antique cognac calf austerity brogue 1 x dark brown baby alligator double ring belt

The best dressed guy we know (well, know of), MistahWong, details his packing list for a business trip.

mostexerent:

I’m off to Singapore for 2 night & 2.5 days.. It is going to be >30c + >90% humidity..

What does one pack in a cabin size roll-on (other than wearing a combination of the below)?
1 x navy wool 8oz “Phasco” 3 roll 2 single breasted BlazerSuit (3 patch pockets + brown horn buttons + soft unlined jacket. Pants are single reverse pleat with side tabs) - can be worn separately
1 x dark grey wool 8oz “Phasco” 3 roll 2 single breasted BlazerSuit (3 besom pockets + ticket pocket + brown horn buttons + soft unlined jacket. Pants are single reverse pleat with side tabs) - can be worn separately
1 x white oxford cloth pin-point cotton button down
1 x white oxford cloth pin-point cotton Italian/English spread collar
1 x white & blue bengal stripe on herringbone weave fine cotton button down
1 x chocolate knit tie
1 x navy with chocolate paisley tie
1 x blue with mid blue polka dot tie
3 x cotton boxers
3 x navy cotton socks
3 x cotton hankies
3 x pocket squares (colors are built around white, light blue & brown)
1 x red cotton/lycra chino pant
1 x navy cotton polo shirt
1 x dark brown suede U-Tip brogue
1 x antique cognac calf austerity brogue
1 x dark brown baby alligator double ring belt