Women are notorious overpackers. I once went on a three day trip with a woman who brought two full suitcases. Her explanation? “I’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”
Frankly, that’s garbage, a refuge for women who are indecisive. If you plan stylish outfits in advance, there’s never a good reason to pack more than you need. If I were headed out of town for a three-day weekend, this is what I would pack.
Outerwear: J.Crew Wool Blend Townhouse Trench ($350)
The trick to packing light is to pack everything in one neutral color palette. It’s either black/grey or brown/navy, not both. (Black/grey is easiest for most women.)
With these fifteen pieces, you can make three casual outfits and one bonus outfit for dinner out. And you won’t dislocate your shoulder lifting your suitcase.
And if you want to have a fail safe, pack one extra shirt to go with the jeans OR one extra dress to wear with the tights. One extra outfit choice, not five extra, is all you need.
Now, let’s make some outfits out of these pieces, shall we?