This weekend I’m heading back to the Midwest to visit family and have been thinking a lot about my packing routine. Typically, packing takes me ages (I start packing for NYFW a month in advance), but some trips I have down to a science. With spring being rather volatile – will it rain? be warm? – I find this time of year can easily send me staring blankly into my closet. Thankfully, there are three key pieces I reach for again and again that can be interchanged no matter what the occasion: a classic white button-down, tailored pants and comfortable loafers.
If you were to look inside my closet, you’d probably be floored by the amount of white button-downs I own. Whether bow tied, French cuffed or tunic-shaped, I’ve got it. It should come as no surprise that the one thing I want to buy from the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale is this shirt. What I love about a white button-down is that it instantly conveys an element of class, without ever feeling boring. If you need convincing, Carolina Herrera and Karl Lagerfeld have built their lifetime uniforms around this one piece of clothing.
While jeans tend to be a no-brainer for a weekend away, I like to pack one bottom that isn’t denim. I’m a big fan of culottes, high waisted trousers and cropped pants for their versatility with any heel height. These tie-waist pin striped pants were a find from Banana Republic’s Friends & Family sale, and are a great choice because they pack light, can be formal or casual and are oh-so-comfortable.
Finally, footwear. Shoes take up the most room in a suitcase so I always go for a comfortable, flat pair in black or camel for maximum versatility. No one wants to lug 4 pairs of shoes in a carry-on. These Gucci loafers were an investment, but are hands down the best shoe purchase I’ve ever made. Elegant yet easy, they go with everything and only get more comfortable with each wear. For some great affordable alternatives, shop the post above.
What do you pack for a weekend away?