Now that the vaccine is being doled out, it seems like I’m seeing more and more weekend trips pop up. A girls weekend here, anniversary trip there, family vacays, you get it. I’m personally victimized by THREE Girls Trips to Charleston. I was supposed to have a weekend trip there this time last year, and it still stings that I missed it. It’s my goal to make that happen for my birthday in 2022! I shouldn’t complain because I’ve taken quite a few trips (safely) in the past year to see friends and family and I’m actually taking another trip this weekend to my old stomping grounds….Dallas, Texas!
I thought it was the perfect time to share an updated Weekend Getaway Essentials: Clothes Edition. Since it’s Spring and when traveling you need to be prepared for anything especially in the Midwest and Southern regions, I wanted to share my favorite transitional pieces for traveling and what I’ll be taking to the Lone Star State for a weekend.
First things first, I make an itinerary, since I’m going to visit my bestie Brandon, I know that we will for sure spend one morning eating Chick-Fil-A breakfast and driving around rich Dallas neighborhoods looking at mansions and searching for Real Housewives in our pajamas and go to at least one “fancy” dinner. Then obviously, check the weather and check it again, and check it one more time. Since I’m flying my favorite airline Southwest I can easily overpack my 2 free bags plus a carryon, but I’m a savvy traveler and I know I can fit it all in a carryon; so that’s what we’re doing.
The Travel Fit
Years and years ago, flying was supposed to be an affair. People would get dressed up to take a flight somewhere, ladies in dresses and men in suits--it could just be a sign of the times, but I prefer to be comfortable. When travelling by air I want to be stylish but comfy. Wearing a lightweight lounge set helps me achieve that. I also don’t mind wearing leggings and an oversized sweater or graphic tee. I loathe going through security. I always get anxious in that line, like I can’t get my things in the bins fast enough or get my shoes off and on, the bobby pin in my hair makes them have to scan me again, I left a bracelet on, etc..anyway, because of all these anxieties I almost always wear flats, mules, or sandals.
One of my favorite things about visiting Brandon is that he always treats me like a Queen. He’s very hospitable and shows me the finer side of life. So, we always eat at one fancier restaurant when I’m in town, and I’m not talking about Olive Garden (No hate to the Olive Garden, I get down for the chicken alfredo and breadsticks.) So I want to pack a night out outfit. We’re not going clubbing, but a nice dinner, maybe an ice cream treat after and home by 11. That’s my dream Saturday night. I’m thinking of a black jumpsuit or black skinny jeans and a blouse. I’m also loving this navy dress with some bright statement earrings.
Casual Daytime Looks
This weekend getaway is about relaxation and fun, we’re going to go to some small boutiques and do some “sightseeing” things around Dallas. I want to be comfy but cute because I am going to be in the city after all. I’m packing a t-shirt dress and sneakers with a pair of statement earrings. I’m taking this one, but there are a ton of options! Tying up a maxi dress is also a great way to get a cute casual daytime look. If you’re not a dress girl, a pair of boyfriend jeans, sneakers and a graphic tee are also a solid look. You can add a denim jacket in case it gets chilly!
I don’t know if it’s the trend or staying inside for approximately an entire year, but I’ve accumulated a lot of matching pajama sets. It makes me feel good and put together while at home but especially when traveling.
Whether you’re going for 2 days or 5 days being comfortable is KEY. A fun packing tip is to make sure all your items coordinate so you can mix and match. Check out our capsule wardrobe post here for some inspiration. Happy travels!