Q. And for men?
A. In the “base” color, pack two pairs of casual pants, a basic three-quarter-length coat, a blazer (textured or with a subtle pattern), a zip-front, V-neck, or crew-neck sweater, a crew-neck T-shirt, a pair of casual slip-on shoes or boots, a pair of dress loafers, a basic belt, and socks. If your color is not readily available, find the closest neutral to it or match the color of your hair. In the “energy” color, bring a patterned scarf (the best is if it has your “base” color in the pattern, too), a pair of casual pants or corduroys, and a turtleneck or button-front shirt (this could be patterned with your “energy” and “base” colors.) In the “dramatic” color, pack a V-neck or crew-neck sweater and a button-front dress shirt.
Q. All of this in a carry-on?
A. If you pack it correctly, definitely!
Interview was edited and condensed. Diane Bair and Pamela Wright can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.