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4 outfits to pack for a weekend getaway

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

Summer is coming, and we can all use a little weekend getaway! For a short trip, the last thing you want is to overpack and to be stuck lugging an oversized suitcase around full of things you simply don't need. Coming from a serial overpacker, I know the struggle of packing way more than necessary.

That's why it's so important to plan your outfits ahead of time, pack pieces that work together so you can easily mix and match, and create different outfits.

To help you pack, I have some outfit ideas that you'll definitely want to add to your suitcase. I'm off to New York in a few weeks for a weekend trip, and I'll be implementing these ideas to avoid any packing chaos. Here are four outfit ideas for a weekend getaway.


If you're anything like me, it's safe to say you'll definitely do some shopping on your trip. For a shopping look, I recommend you aim for comfort with items that are cozy and cute, but wear separates so you can try on clothes properly. Also, wear something you've worn before, so you know that it's comfortable and not something you'll be fussing with all day.

I plan to wear something like a two-piece set, with a matching top and skirt, made in a comfortable stretch material. For your footwear, casual flat shoes or sneakers are a must! I've made the mistake of wearing heels, an impractical shoe, before while shopping out of town; I will never make that mistake again.


Your brunch attire should be stylish and comfortable, but don't forget to take into consideration where exactly you're brunching. A pair of loose pants is perfect for comfort, while a fitted tee with a statement necklace will add a touch of style. Opt for a flat shoe or sandal, which is ideal to get you through the day; and feel free to add some fun spring colors to really help brighten yours and everyone else's day.



In case you haven't noticed, a common thread in packing outfits for travel is comfort. In just about every activity you'll be doing on your getaway you're going to want to be comfortable. Sightseeing is no different. As a matter of fact, sightseeing is probably the most important part of your trip where comfort is truly key. A lot of times while you're out seeing the sights it involves a good amount of walking, standing in lines and sometimes even climbing.

I suggest you wear a pair of shorts or leggings with good stretch so as not to feel constricted as you move about. Pair your shorts or leggings with a top and a light jacket in case you need it along the way. On your feet should be a pair of sneakers that you can walk in all day. I wouldn't recommend sandals, because after a while sandals can become quite uncomfortable depending on how much time you're spending on your feet.

Night out

A heel is a must for a night out, but make sure it's one that's not too uncomfortable. For your outfit, try something a little unexpected like a blazer and a pair of high-waisted shorts with a sleeveless blouse. You can also choose a crop top for a trendier look. Lastly, add in a fun pair of sheer, printed tights or a silk scarf in your hair to complete your surprising yet chic look.


(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at, or follow her on Instagram at

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