August 18, 2014
One of the most challenging aspects of packing for me is dealing with tailored clothing - it takes up a lot of space, doesn’t respond that well to folding, and, as much as I love wearing it, can be a hassle during a trip. For that reason, I’m trying something new for this trip and only bringing a navy blazer. I will be attending events with a variety of formality - dinner with my girlfriend’s family, drinks with friends in NYC, an outdoor wedding - so I’m hoping that I can rely on this one piece to carry me through all of them. We’ll see if I can practice what I preach.
If you want to see more updates on the trip, follow along on instagram and twitter. 
Navy Blazer
Lots of casual collared shirts and a breton
Chinos
Swim trunks
Two summery ties
White linen pocket square
Loafers
Suede captoes
Sneakers
A good belt
Not pictured: A field jacket I wore on the plane and some grey trousers I threw in at the last minute.
See the rest of my packing posts here.

One of the most challenging aspects of packing for me is dealing with tailored clothing - it takes up a lot of space, doesn’t respond that well to folding, and, as much as I love wearing it, can be a hassle during a trip. For that reason, I’m trying something new for this trip and only bringing a navy blazer. I will be attending events with a variety of formality - dinner with my girlfriend’s family, drinks with friends in NYC, an outdoor wedding - so I’m hoping that I can rely on this one piece to carry me through all of them. We’ll see if I can practice what I preach.

If you want to see more updates on the trip, follow along on instagram and twitter

Not pictured: A field jacket I wore on the plane and some grey trousers I threw in at the last minute.

See the rest of my packing posts here.

May 15, 2014
I’m off for a quick spring trip - see you guys in a few days.
2x chinos
3x shirts
blazer
M-65
loafers
sneakers
belt
shades
See the rest here.

I’m off for a quick spring trip - see you guys in a few days.

See the rest here.

March 27, 2014
I’m heading to Vegas tomorrow to check out the recently completed Vegas High Roller. It’s the world’s largest observation wheel at 550 feet, and I had the pleasure of working for the firm that designed it. One of the best things about being a structural engineer is seeing the projects you’ve worked so hard on become a physical reality - there’s nothing quite like it.
Here’s what I’m bringing:
Navy suit with white linen pocket square
White spread-collar shirt
Simple navy tie
spread-collar oxford shirt
Chambray shirt
Chinos
a brown leather belt
Swim trunks for the hotel pool
Navy cotton blazer
Black oxfords for the evening
loafers for loafing
sneakers for…sneaking
See the rest of my packing posts here.

I’m heading to Vegas tomorrow to check out the recently completed Vegas High Roller. It’s the world’s largest observation wheel at 550 feet, and I had the pleasure of working for the firm that designed it. One of the best things about being a structural engineer is seeing the projects you’ve worked so hard on become a physical reality - there’s nothing quite like it.

Here’s what I’m bringing:

See the rest of my packing posts here.

November 15, 2013
There you have it. Everything else gets worn on the plane.

There you have it. Everything else gets worn on the plane.

November 14, 2013
I’m leaving for NYC tomorrow. I’m counting it as a vacation, but I’ll definitely be doing a lot blog work while there - meeting with vendors, trying on awesome clothes, taking pictures, writing - sounds terrible, doesn’t it?
Oh, and since I always get so many questions about where each item comes from in these posts, I’ve included product links when available. Keep in mind, though, that none of these items were bought at full price and many were bought used.
Here’s what’s going with me:
Two wool blazers - one brown, one navy
Trench coat for inclement weather
Two blue striped spread collar shirts
Three button-down shirts - two blue oxfords, one blue chambray
Gray flannel trousers (I’ll bring a second pair if I have room)
Raw denim
Navy knit tie
Unassuming pocket square
A simple cashmere scarf
Two crewneck sweaters - one shetland, one cable-knit cashmere
Suede oxfords
Suede chukkas
A great brown belt
Hopefully I’ll get to meet some of you all while I’m there! You can find my other packing posts here.

I’m leaving for NYC tomorrow. I’m counting it as a vacation, but I’ll definitely be doing a lot blog work while there - meeting with vendors, trying on awesome clothes, taking pictures, writing - sounds terrible, doesn’t it?

Oh, and since I always get so many questions about where each item comes from in these posts, I’ve included product links when available. Keep in mind, though, that none of these items were bought at full price and many were bought used.

Here’s what’s going with me:

Hopefully I’ll get to meet some of you all while I’m there! You can find my other packing posts here.

July 11, 2013
Wedding season is in full swing for me, and once again I’ll be jetting off for some weekend nuptials. It can be challenging to pack for weddings that involve air travel because there is such a demand for dressing well but everything must fit in a carry-on. Appearance is especially important this time around, since I’ll be seeing a bunch of old college friends and I’ll want to make sure they know how cool I’ve become. As always, I solve this by picking versatile items that can be worn different ways on different days. Here’s what I packed this time around:
Mid-gray suit
Navy cotton blazer
Blue striped spread-collar shirt
Blue OCBD
Navy gingham shirt
Navy polo
Navy tie
Denim
Off-white chinos
Trusty wingtips
Penny loafers
Brown belt
That should do it. Let the festivities begin!
(my other packing posts are here)

Wedding season is in full swing for me, and once again I’ll be jetting off for some weekend nuptials. It can be challenging to pack for weddings that involve air travel because there is such a demand for dressing well but everything must fit in a carry-on. Appearance is especially important this time around, since I’ll be seeing a bunch of old college friends and I’ll want to make sure they know how cool I’ve become. As always, I solve this by picking versatile items that can be worn different ways on different days. Here’s what I packed this time around:

  • Mid-gray suit
  • Navy cotton blazer
  • Blue striped spread-collar shirt
  • Blue OCBD
  • Navy gingham shirt
  • Navy polo
  • Navy tie
  • Denim
  • Off-white chinos
  • Trusty wingtips
  • Penny loafers
  • Brown belt

That should do it. Let the festivities begin!

(my other packing posts are here)

June 13, 2013
I’m heading off to an epic bachelor party in Austin, TX. If you don’t hear back from me within a week somebody will need to call up my mom and tell her the bad news.
Here’s what I packed for a trip full of hot weather adventures, outdoor shenanigans, and other mischief. 
Off-white chinos
Khaki shorts
Swim trunks
Navy polo
Navy V-neck tee
Navy/white stripe linen shirt
Light blue gingham spread collar dress shirt
Navy knit tie (just in case)
Cotton navy blazer
Beat up sneakers
Penny loafers
Belt
Not shown: copious amounts of sunscreen
Lots of blue, lots of white. Lightweight fabrics and casual styling. Pretty simple.
(my other packing posts are here)

I’m heading off to an epic bachelor party in Austin, TX. If you don’t hear back from me within a week somebody will need to call up my mom and tell her the bad news.

Here’s what I packed for a trip full of hot weather adventures, outdoor shenanigans, and other mischief. 

  • Off-white chinos
  • Khaki shorts
  • Swim trunks
  • Navy polo
  • Navy V-neck tee
  • Navy/white stripe linen shirt
  • Light blue gingham spread collar dress shirt
  • Navy knit tie (just in case)
  • Cotton navy blazer
  • Beat up sneakers
  • Penny loafers
  • Belt

Not shown: copious amounts of sunscreen

Lots of blue, lots of white. Lightweight fabrics and casual styling. Pretty simple.

(my other packing posts are here)

December 13, 2012
I’m about to embark on my first ever business trip (I was going to head to NYC last month but then Sandy happened). I’ll be in sunny Los Angeles, spending two days in meetings and one day on a construction site. The challenge: pack lightly for one professional day, one business casual day, and one on-site day. Here’s what I threw together:
Gray Prince of Wales suit
Navy cotton blazer
Pale pink shirt (stiff spread collar)
Blue shirt (soft spread collar)
Blue OCBD
Navy stripe tie
Navy knit tie
Wingtips
Steel toe boots
Raw denim
Alligator belt
Wide leather belt
sunglasses
Not pictured: neon vest and hard hat (safety first y’all)
This is what I’m thinking: suit and pink shirt the first day, keep the pants and add unstructured jacket and shirt the second day, and sub in denim, OCBD and boots for the site. I generally enjoy the challenge that packing presents; you want to present yourself well wherever you’re headed, but you can’t bring everything. Making everything work together is like a brain teaser to me. At the very least it’s certainly a test of the versatility of a wardrobe.

I’m about to embark on my first ever business trip (I was going to head to NYC last month but then Sandy happened). I’ll be in sunny Los Angeles, spending two days in meetings and one day on a construction site. The challenge: pack lightly for one professional day, one business casual day, and one on-site day. Here’s what I threw together:

  • Gray Prince of Wales suit
  • Navy cotton blazer
  • Pale pink shirt (stiff spread collar)
  • Blue shirt (soft spread collar)
  • Blue OCBD
  • Navy stripe tie
  • Navy knit tie
  • Wingtips
  • Steel toe boots
  • Raw denim
  • Alligator belt
  • Wide leather belt
  • sunglasses
  • Not pictured: neon vest and hard hat (safety first y’all)

This is what I’m thinking: suit and pink shirt the first day, keep the pants and add unstructured jacket and shirt the second day, and sub in denim, OCBD and boots for the site. I generally enjoy the challenge that packing presents; you want to present yourself well wherever you’re headed, but you can’t bring everything. Making everything work together is like a brain teaser to me. At the very least it’s certainly a test of the versatility of a wardrobe.

November 20, 2012
I just finished packing for what is sure to be a rainy Thanksgiving in Oregon. Here’s what I grabbed:
Single-breasted trench
Tweed blazer
Cashmere scarf
2x blue OCBD
Gingham button-down
Shetland wool sweater
Gray cotton sweater
Vintage OSU long-sleeve shirt (because go Beavs)
Selvage denim
5-pocket garment-dyed trousers
Flannel shacket (it is Oregon, after all)
Brown suede chukkas
Vintage “I’ve been through everything” boots
Nylites
Throw in some socks and other necessities and this kit will make anyone ready for a put-together, dressed-down holiday with the folks. I think this photo also does a good job of outlining how I aim to dress every day - various combinations of simple, muted and versatile items.

I just finished packing for what is sure to be a rainy Thanksgiving in Oregon. Here’s what I grabbed:

  • Single-breasted trench
  • Tweed blazer
  • Cashmere scarf
  • 2x blue OCBD
  • Gingham button-down
  • Shetland wool sweater
  • Gray cotton sweater
  • Vintage OSU long-sleeve shirt (because go Beavs)
  • Selvage denim
  • 5-pocket garment-dyed trousers
  • Flannel shacket (it is Oregon, after all)
  • Brown suede chukkas
  • Vintage “I’ve been through everything” boots
  • Nylites

Throw in some socks and other necessities and this kit will make anyone ready for a put-together, dressed-down holiday with the folks. I think this photo also does a good job of outlining how I aim to dress every day - various combinations of simple, muted and versatile items.