Intentional Travel: My Favorite Shoes for any Work Trip

June 9, 2017

Whenever I talk about how I utilize a capsule wardrobe for work travels, I always hear the same thing from industry friends. “I would love to do that but I always pack too many pairs of shoes!” And I totally get it. It’s tough to narrow down your options to only a few pairs that can work for multiple outfits and multiple environments! Which is why I opt for neutral, chic and classic styles that can transition seamlessly from a workshop or conference setting to appetizers and drinks afterwards.

For as much as I love a good pump or strappy heel, flats are my go-to style for most of my travels. They’re easily walkable, often comfortable, and a stylish silhouette can elevate even the simplest of outfits. These nude pointed-toe flats from M. Gemi check all my boxes for a modern yet versatile shoe that won’t take up much room in my suitcase and that works with almost any color I could pack. And it really doesn’t hurt that they’re comfortable enough to walk several blocks in so I can make it to any destination without compromising form or function!

You might remember this simple blouse with a split seam detail from last week’s post, and this is just another example of how you can utilize the same pieces over and over again on any trip to create a totally different look. When you’re packing light, it’s important to pull pieces from your closet that can play well with other pieces. What can feel limiting can turn into a fun creative challenge if you’re open to it. Instead of packing several different tops for a quick work trip, I can utilize this same shirt in a fresh way with a pair of dark wash jeans and these gorgeous shoes. I love how these flats take a minimal ensemble and add enough polish and pizzaz to suit my fancy!

I’ve had my eye on these M. Gemi Stellato flats for quite some time, and I’m excited to finally be able to incorporate them into my travel wardrobe. The details on them are incredibly thoughtful, and each pair is handmade in Italy in a female-owned factory. They’re a true upgrade from fast fashion flats that will only fall apart after a few months’ wear, which is a definite plus in my book! As I get older, I’ve found my focus shift from lots of cute clothes that keep up with the latest trends to quality, simple pieces that will last for years to come, make me feel comfortable in my own skin, and reflect a laid back, polished sense of style.

In fact, you’ll probably see these flats on me this weekend at Thrive in Houston where I’ll be speaking on a panel as we chat all about social media. Who says your can’t be classy and comfy simultaneously?

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I'm Bonnie -- a designer, brand designer + strategist, writer, wife, and pet parent to the most rambunctious golden retriever this side of the Mason-Dixon! I'm passionate about building authentic brands, encouraging small business owners to chase their dreams, and spreading joy through design. It's a delight to have you here, lovely! Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a comfy chair and stay a while, won't you?

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