Picture this: A frantic woman attempting to check her bag at the airport discovers that, despite many precautions, her luggage is weighing in at about 58 pounds—just over the airport guidelines. She rapidly throws a pair of chunky boots, a statement sweater, and even a blow-dryer into her carry-on in an attempt to make her flight on time and bring all of her belongings on board. Hey, we’ve all been there. There was a time when that once was a regular occurrence for me, but luckily, things have changed. I’ve recently learned to tap into my fashion-editor knowledge bank and am here to share with you the pieces I pack that can be worn in so many ways that you’ll only need a few additional items. Oh yeah, they’ll also earn you quite a few compliments along the way.
I headed to Los Angeles last week for a work trip that involved busy days of collaborating with other editors, so naturally, I was sure to dress the part. My packing list became a capsule wardrobe tailored toward the most versatile 2022 trends that I used to create endless L.A. outfits and that I plan to also consider for weekends in NYC. Think upgraded twists and elevated takes on the not-so-basic basics that will get you very far as you style out your favorite looks. These pieces are so good, and all I needed was a carry-on to get me to L.A. and back. Keep scrolling to discover these essential items and how I styled them.