Being in a long distance relationship, I have gotten pretty used to packing "the weekend bag." However, with a fella and group of friends as spontaneous as mine I could just as easily end up in a lake in November as I could out to dinner and a party at night.
This presented a packing challenge when I first started making these trips (as my boyfriend's floor is sure to tell you!) However, I think I finally figured out the secret to a successful packing job: "the slip combo." The slip combo consists of a camisole, leggings (or bike shorts depending on the how hot it is), a super funky slip that you feel comfortable enough to fall asleep in, boots and a pile of accessories.
If I want to jump in a lake, awesome! I just take off the slip and accessories and jump in with my makeshift 18th century bathing costume! If I want to go to a fancy dinner, keep the whole getup on and add a little lipstick. Want to go to a raucous party!? Maybe tone-down the accessories for your own sake, but the rest will work just fine! And if I end up sleeping out that night I just take off the slip and I'm in pajamas!
The key to this is to have a good slip. No cheap-o itchy fabric, nothing that looks like lingerie and something that you feel comfortable and confident in whatever situation you may end up in. I'm a fan of Free People's slips because in addition to being ridiculously fashionable and detailed, they are soft and weirdly durable for something that looks so delicate!
Photos taken by John Fealy (my boyfriend) on one of our infamous weekend adventures!
*This post is sponsored by Free People, all opinions are my own.