From zipping around the city from client meeting to partner lunch, to traveling cross-country or cross continent on a regular basis, business often requires women to be on the move. For women who need to look their professional best and want to maintain comfort through long hours and distances, this can pose a challenge. Not to worry: You can still look chic after spending days on the road or hours on the go, with a few extra wardrobe considerations.
Treat your feet
In choosing shoes that will take many steps, make sure you have support – with a proper insole. These can be bought separately and inserted into any shoe, but some are already made with excellent support.
For business casual attire or when on the road, a classic-yet-contemporary loafer will go best with cropped pants and is a comfortable choice. This Johnston & Murphy pewter loafer has a supporting insole, and the pewter adds shine to an otherwise simple look. This season’s Coach Nicola penny loafer also has a plush insole and adds a pop of colour to a spring outfit in coral or mint shades. Both are made of soft leather, which adds both comfort and class to the look.
For outfits where high heels are a must, turn to Canadian designer Ron White, whose design combines comfort and style in high heel shoes. Ron White’s All Day Heels are just that – a heel you can wear all day! Don’t believe it? The designer incorporates NASA-developed material into the shoe to create a long-lasting comfortable fit, while his unique design makes for a beautiful heel.
We’ve also gotten great advice from Lisa Ferguson, the founder of Decor Mentor, on the six essential elements of a perfect trade show shoe. Watch the video on TheHome.com to hear Lisa elaborate on these six qualities:
- Rubber soles to absorb the impact of hard surfaces and decrease back fatigue
- Platforms keep your sole farther away from the ground, lessening the impact of hard surfaces. Look for about .5”
- Wedge or chunk heels for stability
- Supple real leather uppers with openings or perforations to allow your fee to breathe (no manmade materials!)
- Minimal stitching across the width of the shoe to allow for stretching
- Cushiony suede in soles are like shock absorbers, feel like slippers and allow your feet to breathe!
A crisp look
After hours moving between work and meetings with more to go, a shirt can begin to look rumpled. Want to look sharp until the last appointment of the day is over? Try a wrinkle-free blouse, like these non-iron women’s dress shirts from Brooks Brothers. Not only will these shirts hold their crisp look for the day, they also travel well for those on the road without time to spare for ironing. Also, stow one of these shirts in a drawer or closet at the office, for those times when you need to refresh with a quick change or take a last-minute flight for a meeting.
Few and far between can look their very best after hours of work or travel without freshening up every so often. There are a few tricks and techniques to keep you looking like you did at 9:00 am – and luckily, they all fit into your purse or briefcase!
In choosing a perfume, find a scent that has a complementary travel sized roll-on or mini-bottle format. Spritz your fragrance in the morning when you get ready, then refresh later in the day with a quick swipe from your purse-sized perfume. Most fragrances offer packages that include both regular and travel sized formats.