When packing for a weekend trip, obviously the nature of the weekend will determine what you choose to bring. Spa weekend with the girls spent mostly in bathing suits and bathrobes? Minimal packing required. Touring vineyards with other couples followed by reservations for dinner each night? Your clothes choices will matter a bit more.
For today’s post, I am using my imagination. I’m picturing a long weekend (four days, three nights) spent with close friends (all girls), in a quaint town that is relaxed but offers ample shopping, dining, and charming activities. This is not an outdoor adventure trip, nor is this a pool-lounging trip. It’s the perfect fall getaway, and choosing what to wear is going to be half the fun.
Here is what I would pack…
Always start with jeans, a white shirt, and a pair of black pants. Jeans offer infinite styling options, able to bridge the gap from lounging to shopping to dinner. Comfortable black pants in a cropped length and a basic white tee will create a foundation for many different looks throughout the weekend.
An Anchor Dress.
One good dress can really go the distance, offering a number of weekend trip outfit options. I like a dress that can look cute and casual with sneakers, or elevated with accessories.
Two Pops Of Color.
A colorful pant and a colorful sweater will come in handy. They will be your standout pieces, but you will easily pair them with any of the other basics you brought. In this case, the chartreuse green sweater can be worn with jeans, over the shoulders with the black pants, or around the waist of the dress. The lilac pants look great with all of the coats, the casual sweatshirt top, the white t-shirt, or you could wear them with the bright green sweater for a double dose of color.
Soft Tops With Details.
Soft tops are nicer than t-shirts, but not as fussy as shirts with collars, and they are a traveler’s dream. Soft tops with cute details create instant outfits without sacrificing packability or comfort. The ivory sweatshirt with lace details pictured above would look great with jeans, or you could dress it up with either of the pant options. You could also wear it over the dress, creating a skirt look. The same goes for the striped sweater. No matter what you pair it with or layer it under, it looks classic and pulled together, but is easy to wear.
I always bring a layer when I travel, even if it’s warm during the day. A field jacket, a trench, or a denim jacket provide style and substance. I am particularly smitten with this long jean jacket, and I think it would look so cute with the black pants and the green sweater.
Comfortable Shoes and a Practical Purse.
I always bring sneakers when I travel because if there is any walking involved, a sneaker is the shoe for the job. New Balances and Supergas serve me well, both equally comfortable and stylish with jeans, dresses, or pants. For evenings, I like ballet flats or loafers (or both!). A crossbody purse in a seasonal color allows you to be hands-free for outings while providing a touch of style.