November 25, 2015 // etc.· fashion· life· style· travel
If you are anything like me, you are a master procrastinator and you’ve left your holiday travel packing until the very last second. Sure, you’ve got the bag, but now you actually need to put stuff in it to, you know, bring home with you.
Obviously, you will have to take into account your holiday activities and their various stages of formality. Gathering up the below staples to pack home for the holidays should be a pretty good start, assuming you live in a colder climate and the dressiest occasion might be going out with friends or a slightly more formal family Thanksgiving. Bonus: they’re all mix- and match-able to your heart’s content.
A crewneck sweater: versatile and cozy.
Leather or leather-look leggings: they really are a staple, folks – invest in a pair that are deceptively comfortable and you’ll find yourself wanting to rock them all the time. Mine are from Banana Republic on super-sale, but these are supposed to be amazing, too.
A chambray or other button-down shirt: to wear on its own or layered under or over other pieces. Plaid is always a festive choice.
Your go-to skinny jeans.
A coat that works from day to night – avoid puffers if possible. I own this one and it’s lasted me a solid few years!
A little black skirt and/or dress, in case of formal occasions.
A cross-body bag that can transition from errands to cocktails – the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac is perfect for this.
Your favorite t-shirt.
Ankle booties that work for dinner, shopping and more.
Comfy shoes for travel, like slip-on sneakers or flats (if it’s warm enough!) The athleisure trend is still going strong.
Pair the sweater with the chambray and leggings for a chic-casual look, or with your little black skirt to meet friends for drinks. It’s basically the “Home for the Holidays” capsule wardrobe. Of course, don’t forget basics like PJs and your hair styling tools – you know, the essentials.
I’ll be using a version of this list myself to pack for home today – and if I ever figure out how to cart everyone’s Christmas gifts home in a weekender bag, I’ll let you know.
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