Three days, five outfits, one suitcase. That's the Memorial Day packing challenge we all face as we kick off the beginning of summer nationwide. We've managed to pack several ensembles using only six key pieces that travel well AND make you an object of sartorial envy.
Aerie solid one-piece swimsuit, $44.95 at ae.com
Keeper chambray shirt, $78 at jcrew.com
Silver mesh futuristic t-shirt dress, $70 at riverisland.com
Jacquard short, $24 at joefresh.com
Patchwork paint pencil skirt, $80 at topshop.com
Oversized T-shirt, $9.95 at hm.com
ASOS Habanera Skull Mixed Ring Pack, $13.58 at asos.com
ASOS Hoop & Bell Earring, $13.58 at asos.com
Striped sneakers, $49.90 at zara.com
Kasota sandals, $54.98 at aldoshoes.com
Cap, $9.95 at hm.com
Printed clutch bag, $79.90 at zara.com
Smythe sunglasses, $24.95 at solesociety.com
Olay Fresh Effects BB Creme, $13.99 at cvs.com
COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pen in Gold Flame, $5.50 at covergirl.com
Outfit #1: Chambray shirt, jacquard shorts, sneakers, printed clutch, hoop earrings, sunglasses
Maybe you're going to a casual BBQ during the day, maybe you're going to a brunch with friends. Either way, you'll look like you stepped right out of a J.Crew catalog. Tuck the front half of the top in to your shorts and don't be afraid of the mix of prints--this is power-clashing at its best. Beauty-wise, all you need is a swipe of BB cream (we like Olay's version with SPF 15) and maybe a fishtail side braid if you're feeling adventurous.
Outfit #2: Swimsuit, oversized T-shirt, jacquard shorts, hat, sunglasses, sneakers
You can never go wrong with a classically-cut black one piece. If you're heading to the beach or pool for the day, cover up with a loose tee and printed shorts. A graphic baseball hat is a modern (and easier to pack) version of a sunhat--it'll keep harmful rays off your face and tame any hair that gets caught up in the wind while still being totally cute! Don't forget sunblock, though.
Outift #3: Oversized T-shirt, pencil skirt, sandals, rings, clutch
The key to nailing this look is all in the tee. Instead of simply tucking it in to the skirt's waistband, try knotting it to create a crop top-like illusion without all the skin-baring. This outfit transitions well from day to night--so if you have an afternoon outing that will most likely turn in to a fete under the stars, opt for this. For makeup, test drive some golden eyeliner on your lower lash line. COVERGIRL's new Flamed Out Shadow Pen in Gold Flame is easy to use and will get you that molten glow.
Outfit #4: Swimsuit, chambray shirt, pencil skirt, sandals, rings, earrings, sunglasses
Swimsuit, bodysuit, potato, poh-tah-toe. Make the most out of your bathing suit and use the bustier-cut one-piece the same way you would a tank by wearing it under the printed skirt. Layer the chambray shirt, unbuttoned, for added coverage and don't be afraid to layer on your jewelry.
Outfit #5: T-shirt dress, sandals, rings
For a night out, dazzle your friends in this shiny number. Paired with equally eye-catching sandals and the tough-yet-delicate rings, you'll be the most stylish girl at any party. For hair and makeup, opt for a smoky eye, and if you spent your day by the sea (lucky), let your beachy waves fly!
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