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Question: What essentials do you recommend packing for vacations

Answer: When you're heading out for a vacation, it's easy to over-pack as you try to anticipate every possible weather condition or activity. Instead of trying to fit everything you might possibly need into your carry-on bag, consider this list of a few travel essentials that can help you keep comfortable in unexpected situations.

Even if you're going to a warm climate, bring a light sweater in case of a change in weather. Bring a blazer for evening breeze protection (if you're wearing the sweater, you can gallantly offer the blazer to your travel companion). Pack at least one dress shirt for evenings out. Bring dark jeans and comfortable shoes (that aren't sandals). And of course, bring your sunglasses.

Question:

How do I know when to wear a tie with business casual clothes?

 

Answer:

Perhaps the better question is, what's best for this ensemble? Your goal is to find the right look for the outfit and occasion. A great tie that works with the fabrics, color scheme, and patterns you've chosen can instantly add flair to your look. Your well-chosen tie can add texture and color without changing the essential nature (casual or dressy) of your clothing.

If you're concerned that a tie is needed for an occasion but want something beyond the conventional look of a long tie, consider a bow tie or a knit tie.