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What to Pack: Mexico City

Posted by Bee Shapiro on April 19, 2013 at 4:36:55 PM EDT | Post a Comment

This vibrant capital of Mexico has heaps to offer within its 16 boroughs. Aside from the Aztec ruins, visitors will find stunning performance spaces, like the Palacio de Bellas Artes; fantastic museums, like the Museo Nacional de Arte; and the homes of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, now turned into museums, not to mention a buzzing restaurant, art, and music scene. In short, Mexico City will keep you enchanted for weeks. Your packing list awaits.

Women

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From Morning to Siesta Time

With generally mild temperatures year-round, this metropolis is made for relaxed tunics, like this persimmon-colored style with pom-pom hem ($78 at Anthropologie). Stick with the earth tones in this chic ombre headwrap ($95), perhaps paired with high-waisted flare jeans ($215) and this lace tank with embroidery accents ($350). Crochet lends a feminine touch to any wardrobe, as in this flattering boatneck tee in cream ($228 by Joie). On the accessory front, rich, natural leathers pair well with most items, like these buckle wedges with wood sole ($158). Throw in this simple passport cover ($39.98) and your look is complete. Then maybe add a dash of metallic with this brass cuff with a modernized Western motif ($102).

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City Nights

At night, look for pieces that are stylish yet suitable for the warmer climate. Pay attention to pattern, color, and cut, which are all captured in this Mara Hoffman keyhole dress in blue and orange ($328). A solid pretty hue also works, like this silk strappy jade-colored dress by Tibi ($385) or light aqua cropped blazer ($59.99). For the extras, perhaps reference craftwork or local materials, such as this turquoise and silver ring (made in Mexico for $19.90) or silver tooled evening bag with a long chain ($68). Pick up on the silver accents with these striking laser-cut studded nude sandals ($275), which will have you ready for any fiesta.

Men

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From the Pool to the Museum

Priorities first: take a dip in the hotel pool in these colorful swim trunks in bright coral and blue ($105) before slipping on these leather flip-flops ($24.95) and toweling off. Keep them on for a day around town, or slip into these Asics Mexico 66 sneakers in gray, blue, and red ($80). They'll go nicely with super-light gray jeans ($185), and paired with a light blue-gray print t-shirt ($85). As the old saying goes, "...when in Mexico," so don a Mexico soccer jersey ($79.99) to show your support. A handsome touch: a rope and leather bracelet in warm poppy ($17.50) adds both texture and color. Throw everything in this tobacco brown leather duffel bag ($655), which will last you this trip and then some. And get into the groove before (and during) your trip with this greatest hits album by local band Los Dynamite ($8.99).

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Polanco Evenings

Mexico City offers plenty of opportunity to get dressed up or stay casually cool at night. Keep your wardrobe flexible with a long-sleeve tee that sports an artsy graphic ($360 by Marc Jacobs), paired with summer-weight colored jeans ($129) or white-washed denim ($245). Keep the rest airy with these leather huaraches ($158) or this olive linen shirt ($79.50). Depending on the season, it might be wise to throw in a Baja hoodie ($345) or Mexican skull tee ($206.60), a nice touch for holidays or festive outings. Lastly, tuck your pesos into this sturdy Nixon men's rubber wallet ($24.95), which will keep them dry from any tequila spills.

Where to Stay

For business travelers, it's tough to top the 31-story St. Regis in terms of sheer convenience, modern amenities, and a certain standard of luxury. While it's centrally located and near shopping districts in Condesa and Polanco, it's a bit of a trek to more tourist sites and museums.

If you'd like to stay directly in the heart of Condesa, which offers a variety of trendy boutiques, galleries and eateries, try smaller stays like The Red Tree House or Distrito Condesa. The neighborhood has more of a young and hip vibe and has been compared to what Soho in New York once was.

Ritzy Polanco, meanwhile, offers plenty of newer, international chains, like the W Hotel, which is well located on a main drag. The JW Marriott, also in the district, is another solid option. It offers all the top-notch features including a spa, fitness center, and outdoor heated pool. While there, be sure to check out Pujol, the impressive restaurant helmed by chef Enrique Olivera that is often called the best dining in the city.

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