Weekend Wardrobe: 11 Essential Pieces
It’s that time of year when spontaneous trips pop up mid-week. Off-the-cuff getaways to a friend’s lake house, a trip to surprise the parents, or an impromptu three-day music festival are thrown into your schedule just as easily as you fit into the newest pair of colored skinnies. But there’s only one issue: What do you wear during these impulsive mini-vacays? No need to get your lacy lingerie in a bunch, we have 11 essential pieces to toss in your travel bag to keep you stylish all weekend.
Fresh From the Office
If you know you’re leaving on Thursday that you'll be away for the weekend, go to the office on Friday in a comfortable cotton pencil skirt and a printed blouse. A cotton skirt is an essential for comfortable travel and the printed blouse keeps the outfit office chic. Pair with a metallic flat shoe and you'll skip faster from the office to start your weekend adventure.
Whether it’s a small print or a large print, a printed blouse with a little pattern play adds dimension to your outfit while still keeping it classy. This polka-dot blouse keeps your office attire from falling flat with its small dots. If you want something a little more wild, opt for an animal-print blouse.
Cotton Pencil Skirt
This yellow pencil skirts keeps it professional yet playful. The fun color will get you in the mood for the weekend festivities, and the fact that it’s comfy cotton only makes the outfit that much more alluring.
Metallic Ballet Flats
A little sheen on the shoe takes your outfit up a notch—and allows for faster walking. Try this shiny flat shoe with a bit of embellishment on the heel to put some pep in your step.
Show your metal-mixing prowess by pairing your shiny shoes with a sliver clutch. This metallic clutch is just the right size, not too big to be cumbersome or clunky but roomy enough to hold all your essentials plus some.
Saturday Afternoon Stroll
A casual stroll through the park calls for an outfit that can easily go from sidewalk to lakeside without missing a beat. A striped cotton t-shirt and high-waisted denim shorts keep your look relaxed. Top off your look with a straw hat and a cross-body bag for a hands-free day.
Don't forget to pack a wardrobe staple for your mini-getaway. A go-to soft cotton T-shirt keeps your body temp at a comfortable level, but the dimension-adding stripes keep you looking hot.
Show your stems in high-waisted denim shorts with a cuff at the hem for a casual yet pulled-together style. If you’re feeling frisky, add an edge to your look with distressed denim.
Keep covered with a goes-with-anything straw hat. Pick one with a vibrantly colored headband to add a pop to your top.
White Canvas Shoes
A full day of walking calls for a shoe that can handle the hustle. Keep your feet comfortable in a pair of white canvas Chuck Taylors.
A neutral-color cross-body bag will leave your hands free for shopping, snacking, or holding hands with your beau. Try a bag with a flap so your goodies don’t fall out.
Saturday Night Out
For a night out to that new restaurant in town or to a laugh-filled comedy show, keep your look fresh with a floral print dress paired with those metallic flats and clutch.
Floral Print Dress
Slip on a floral-print dress like this one for a summer evening out. The sweetheart neckline—and slightly daring dip—bares just the right amount of skin. The fitted A-line dress provides a classic silhouette that Parisians would envy, and the cut-out detail in the center adds a bit of sexy to your sweetness.
Sunday Morning Brunch
Before your mini-vacay comes to an end, squeeze in a stylish Sunday brunch. Slip on your cotton skirt, tuck in your striped t-shirt and top the look with a cropped denim vest and comfortable Chuck Taylors. This sport-inspired ensemble is casual enough for mid-morning eats and cozy enough for your drive back to reality.
A cropped denim vest is a great way to beat the morning chill yet not cause you to overheat in the daytime sun. If you’re feeling a bit rebellious, add a little punk to your look with a studded collar.