Here in the states, the long Memorial Day weekend is around the corner and with it an opportunity to shed maybe a layer of clothing, which means proper packing is a necessity.
What I find to be the case however, is in my excitement to get out the door upon Friday afternoon’s arrival is that I inadvertently leave a very important piece of my wardrobe at home. So hoping to save us all from those Homer Simpson moments of realizing that the most perfect pair of flats was left behind to complete the outfit we’d like to wear out to dinner while out of town if only we’d slowed down long enough to collect ourselves, here’s a fail-safe list to cover the necessities for a weekend getaway – whether it be for one night or many.
When making a list of what to pack, I always begin my list by starting on the outfit that I want to change into upon arrival from the clothing that is closest to my skin and work outward. Depending on exactly where you are going will change the list, but these essentials should do the trick. Typically for me, this much anticipated Memorial Day weekend is a casual affair with opportunities to enjoy a dinner or two out on the town, a few walks to burn those extra calories I’ll be enjoying and who knows what else in between.
Goal: Keep it simple. Stay away from complicated wardrobe ensembles, excess jewelry or belts. Think layering and classic neutrals and only colors that flatter your already beautiful skin tone.
2 bras (one strapless)
white button-up shirt
pair of jeans/ankle or cigarette leg
optional pair of pants (chinos, corduroy, etc)
simple jersey dress
maxi dress (if you’re hitting the beach)
comfy cashmere sweater
robe (if not going to a hotel that already has one)
Be sure to follow Diane von Furstenberg’s packing advice and roll, roll, roll to avoid as many wrinkles as possible.
walking shoes (for strolling)
classic pair of earrings (gold & silver) that can go with anything
In no time, you will be well prepared for a leisurely weekend away. And if you do happen to be staying in a hotel, here is a great list on how to create a tranquil sanctuary away from home.
If there’s something that you never leave home without, I’d love to hear. Please do share.
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