Capsule Packing Challenge: 3 Day Beach Weekend

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It's finally warm, the sun is shining and your skin is begging you for a tan. Come on girl - let's get the eff out of Dodge! 

Crafting a kick ass weekend travel wardrobe is the ultimate capsule challenge. You must pack light but with purpose. You need options. You want every outfit to slay. You have only have so much luggage space. You are going to kill this. I am going to help you.

Here is my 1 carry on packing strategy for 3 days and 2 nights of adult quality fun in the sun. It includes only 8 core garments: 1 dress; 2 bottoms; 3 tops; 1 bathing suit and 1 sarong. To complement we have 2 pairs of shoes (flops don't count) and 7 accessories. Out of this you can create no less than 10 outfits.

The trick is to pick a harmonious pallet and include an appropriate mix of solids and prints. The links below reflect cute options on the market right now, but this equation is timeless. OK. Enough of the math, let's get visual.

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Solid Swimsuit

Why solid? Because your suit will act as a top when paired with your fun print sarong and colorful wedges below. That my dear, is one outfit. Think pool bar, hotel lobby, casino floor. 

Print Sarong

The sarong is a critical beach weekend garment. A sarong can be a large wrap. Call it whatever you want but essentially this piece is a large rectangle of fabric that can (and will) act as a skirt, as a dress, as a wrap to keep your shoulders warm, as an inconspicuous cover for your girl to get changed behind (you) or to change a diaper (me). I am the MacGyver of sarongs. 

Solid Jersey Dress

A comfy/sexy summer weight, easy to pack, wrinkle resistant dress is a vacation (and summer time) must. Jersey or modal are great fabric choices because both are super soft yet look polished enough for dinner. Pop them over your suit for a lobby appropriate cover up, pair with flat sandals for shopping or dress it up with wedges at night. A soft dress is also an ideal travel day outfit. Because: Life is too short for pants.

White Jeans

Unless of course those pants are classic white jeans. Nothing reads vacay like white jeans. These are great for shopping or dinner and go with everything. Just remember to bring a stain wipe and avoid red wine if you are anything like me after 2 glasses. 

White Novelty Tee

You're on vacation - get cheeky. I honestly thought novelty t-shirts would be long uncool by now but I guess we all have something to get off our chest. I like the contrast of the graphic shirt against print shorts. 

Print shorts

Shorts are fun and casual, of course. Wear them with flats for shopping and lunch or amp up the sass factor and pair with your highest colorful wedges for night.

Solid Tank

Essential. Pick a bright color and pair with anything in your carry on. And then wear it to bed.

Chambray Shirt

Another versatile essential that screams summer. Wear your chambray unbuttoned over your bathing suit at the pool bar, over your dress to warm shoulders after the sun goes down or buttoned up with white jeans. A critical "3rd Piece" that is completely classic and makes an outfit. 

Gold Flat Sandals

Gold is a neutral - matches literally every color. Flats are essential. Done and done.  

Colorful Wedges

Wedge + bikini = Vegas outfit sorted. A colorful wedge is vacay all the way: perfect for day, perfect for night and on both occasions you'll look model tall and your feet will thank you.

Convertible Crossbody Clutch

One bag all weekend? Yassss girl. With the cross body strap attached your hands are free for shopping, eating, shell collecting - whatever. Once you unsnap it your going out look is complete and you don't even have to transfer the contents. 

Beach Bag

Your SPF 30 (at least); Star and Real Simple magazines, beach towel, bronzer, Cibu Knot So Knotty Detangler and wide tooth comb all deserve a home as cute as your suit. 

Jewelry

You don't need an entire jewelry roll for a 3 day weekend. A lively pair of statement earrings make one outfit; a statement necklace and classic studs make another. Sorted.

Fun Earrings

Classic Earrings

Statement Necklace

Wrinkle Protection

Yes, we love sun. But we are also responsible women with our skin to consider. The bigger the shades the smaller the crow's feet. Add a straw hat and your face will thank you for many summers to come.

Sunglasses

Sun hat

Hasta la vista baby! Have a wonderful time! Make sure you check in at the airport, by the pool, at the bar and on the beach and I'll totally double heart all your IG pics. You're going to look so cute! #blessed #vacay #freakinweekend #friyay

xoxo

Jenn