I think after decades of business travel, I have the art of packing down. I carry a large carryon that I can use for meetings and then I pack one or two smaller sized crossbodies that I can use for evening or if I have free time over a weekend stay for some leisure activities.
Crossbodies allow me to look put together but be comfortable and safe! My clothes are classic with an edge so my crossbodies can be more daring with studs, accessories and texture.
Three of my favorites because of look, size and function are the following:
The classic Valentino crossbody no limit bag that comes in black or rose. Sometimes they show it on red. It has able room for a small wallet that can fit my credit cards, ID, passport copy and money. Plus, fits my supersize IPHONE! Great for day or night. It is very versatile.
The Elie Saab black suede crossbody with studs, an arabesque design and a funky studded strap. It is elegant but can be worn day or night. It can be work as a clutch for afternoon/evening as well by removing the detachable strap. The bag is beautifully crafted and a real piece of art.
The TOM FORD embossed leather T Twist crossbody camera bag. It is sleek, sophisticated and modern plus it fit all my items. It is less dress than the others so I can pair with black jeans and a sweater.
Over years of packing for business trips I have learned to streamline the items so that I can take viewer pieces but use them with more looks!