I know, I know, you just saw me go through the whole packing rigmarole last weekend. But while last week’s suitcase was ready for a casual weekend and an afternoon outdoor wedding, today’s bag looks quite different. I’m heading to an academic conference where I’ll be presenting a paper and hopefully hobnobbing with some Very Important Scholars, and that means that I need to look professional and memorable all at the same time.
Here’s what I’m hoping will do the trick…
- 2 suit jackets: one navy, one black pinstripe
- 1 pair of black maternity trousers
- 4 tops suitable for layering: patterned navy, gray cowl neck, purple tunic, and leaf print tunic
- 2 cardigans: one in fun yellow and one in cozy, cable knit gray
- 1 pair of straight leg maternity jeans
- 1 brown dress to use as a skirt
- 3 pairs of shoes: patterned flats, gold peep toe wedges, and gray suede wedges
- 3 pairs of tights
- Pjs, undies, and camisoles
- And a book, for good measure
I’m planning to wear the jeans, gray cardigan, and patterned flats while driving to the conference. For the first day of papers, I’ll scope things out in an amazingly stretchy and comfortable outfit that still looks professional: a recently thrifted top with a fun pattern, my favorite navy blazer, and a brown surplice dress that will essentially function as a skirt.
That evening, my husband and I will have dinner with a friend who happens to be attending that university. I’m hoping I’ll have a moment to slip on my flats and change into jeans, this yellow cardigan, and a slouchy gray cowl neck. After dinner, we’re planning to find a coffee shop because, let’s be frank, homework doesn’t stop just because you’re away from home:
For Day 2 of the conference I’m still in a bit of a quandary. Since I’m presenting a paper I want to wear the closest thing I have that approximates a suit and still fits my preggers bump. But I’m torn between two options. Should I go mix monochrome patterns with a black and white leaf print tunic under the pinstripe blazer? Or should I jazz things up with a purple top and red necklace? Either way, I’m definitely wearing my gold wedges and carrying a back-up pair of flats in my bag.
The good news is that whatever top I don’t end up wearing to the conference will work just fine with jeans and my gray cardigan for the drive back home.
Though I’m usually a “rolling” packer, this time I decided to try the “one bag” packing method which supposedly keeps your clothes wrinkle free. (I left my pajamas out of the fun, though, since I want to be able to grab them easily once we arrive at our destination.)
And ta-da! Everything fits in my bag with enough room to spare for a hair dryer!