Personally, I always start my packing lists with which clothes I plan to bring with me. For a year abroad, it is important to be prepared for all sorts of weather conditions and to also bring a variety of clothes for different events and activities.
Call me conservative, but I always find black coats clean, simple and flattering. I especially love coats which helps to define the wearer’s waist.
A blazer helps to polish up any outfit. Throw it over a simple top and jeans and you are ready to go!