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How to Pack a Weekender Like a Pro

How do you avoid an unnecessarily heavy travel bag? Our editor weighs in on the top tips for packing a weekender well.

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Packing for a weekend away is an art form — particularly if it involves cold weather layering. A good holdall is large enough to store the essentials but gets the job done without being overly bulky. The key, aside from choosing a top-notch bag, is packing with authority. In the absence of a full wardrobe, packing pieces that can mix and match or ones that live in the same color family is the most indispensable trick of the trade.

Stock your luggage with garments that are casual enough for daylight yet able to be styled for an elevated look in the evening. A textured or patterned crew neck knit or two, dark wash denim or a crisp pair of chinos are classic choices. Throw in a versatile jacket and a change of shoes — like a timeless Derby — and your weekender will be set for any getaway.

Have High-Low Options


Editor’s tip: On any given weekend away, you really just want to relax (that’s what holidays are for). That doesn’t mean you don’t want to also have the option of popping into a nice restaurant for dinner or a stylish bar for date night drinks. Simply adding the right accessories, trousers or shoes, along with a versatile jacket, will sharpen an outfit to make it evening-ready.

Gondog Funnel Neck Nylon Jacket $315
Fryegg Crew Neck Cotton T-shirt $85
Hapnes Bird Embroidered Cotton Polo Shirt $119
Shandal Straight Fit Printed Hem Jeans $189
Escobar Nubuck Leather Belt $95
Hannel Block Colour Cotton Socks $15

Embrace a Color Palette


Editor’s tip: Packing light doesn’t have to be boring. It’s not necessary to go fully monochrome. For a cool weather, autumnal trip, the season lends itself to reds, oranges and earthy green hues — all of which look sharp with navy so the outfit choices are near endless.

Legit Checked Wool Jumper $175
Malttea Textured Crew Neck Jumper $175
Percypi Textured Wool Jumper $175
Charl Cropped Fit Wide Leg Trousers $159
Zakery Slim Utility Pocket Trousers $175

Cap Your Shoe Count


Editor’s tip: Whether hopping on a short flight or stepping onto the train, you likely won’t want more than a weekender and a small backpack for a few days away. Shoes take up precious space — a simple white sneaker is often all you will really need. Adding in a pair of Brogues (see above slideshow) is a safety for any elevated occasion that might arise. Other than that, you don’t need more. Save space for your mix and match knits and trusty dopp kit.

Thawne Burnished Leather Sneakers $210
Jhorge Burnished Leather Derby Brogues $250
Knitts Wool Holdall $319
Graveet Contrast Corner Backpack $249
Chocks Croc Effect Leather Wash Bag $115

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