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What to Pack for a Weekend in Detroit

What to Pack for a Weekend in Detroit May 26, 20192 Comments

Copywriter, communicator, and unrelenting nomophobe. I'm obsessed with French expressions, English puns, and packing the perfect carry-on.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Motor City a.k.a Detroit. Everyone I told made a face when I said my next business trip was Detroit, Michigan, but I LOVED it. This is a city that has spent the last decade rebuilding itself after the housing crisis. And like a phoenix, its rebirth has been majestic.

It was pretty rainy in Montreal leading up to my trip and the weather forecast for Detroit was equally grey. Since I’m driven by the weather for my capsules, I couldn’t help but choose a dark palette.

Capsule Wardrobe for Detroit

packing for detroit

For this trip, I packed a bunch of black and navy items, with a pop of silver and a healthy dose of denim. The weather fluctuated quite a bit between the couple of days I was there, so I made sure to pack lots of layering items.

packing for detroit

I’m a fan of the Canadian Tuxedo, so I decided to build my capsule wardrobe around one. This one had a slight twist, however, since both items have a distinctly Japanese flair.

Detroit packing list

I knew I needed comfy shoes for the trip but I also wanted something with style, so I packed these silver brogues from Maguire. Metallics are fun because they’re both a neutral and a fun pop in an outfit. They go with everything but also lift a boring outfit.

In a nutshell, I packed two pairs of jeans, two jackets, two tops, including a “going out top”, and a dress. With the silver brogues, I brought my allbird sneakers in case my feet were tired of being in leather shoes. I only ended up wearing them on my travel day home since the brogues were so comfy.

Detroit was a wonderful city and I have plenty of details to share about where to stay, what do to, and what to eat, but I’ll save that for the next blog post.

Happy Travels xox

Copywriter, communicator, and unrelenting nomophobe. I'm obsessed with French expressions, English puns, and packing the perfect carry-on.


  1. Ooh, I love that Maxi dress! Where is it from?

    And I can’t wait to hear about Detroit! I’ve been trying to get my boyfriend to travel there for awhile but I think the idea that it’s “unsafe” still perpetuates – and not just here in North America. Fun story: when our Airbnb host in Ghent was advising us on safety, he said that we shouldn’t worry too much and that it’s “not like Detroit.” This, from a Belgian man who had been *stabbed in the face* (he showed us photos) a few blocks from his home where we were staying.

    1. It’s a $20 dress from Uniqlo! Highly recommend and it comes in other colours.

      That’s such a funny story and you’re absolutely right! Nobody I told in Montreal was excited about my trip to Detroit because of the bad reputation. I was definitely just breezing through town and stuck to the downtown and riverside, so I can’t speak to how safe other neighbourhoods are. But I had a blast! The city has changed a lot in the last 10 years and there is a lot of city pride and commitment to revitalization. I understand why it’s not #1 on Michael’s list, but if you do have an opportunity to go, I think you’d enjoy it!

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