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The Autumn Capsule Wardrobe: What To Pack For A Long Weekend Away

April 18, 2024

Taking advantage of a long weekend for a little break is always an exhilarating thing to do. With many opportunities falling this time of year, now is the time to plan your ideal mini getaway.
Whether you’re escaping to the countryside for a relaxing retreat filled with winery days and warm fires or you’re heading to the city for a weekend of shopping and bar-hopping, a carefully curated capsule wardrobe will ensure you’re well-prepared for all your plans.

Follow our guide to the six essentials you need for a stylish and versatile capsule wardrobe, perfect to ensure your Autumn style is on point but you’re able to travel light.

1. Classic Outerwear

Layering is key during the transitional weather of Autumn. Opting for a timeless trench coat or an oversized blazer will not only keep you warm on cool mornings and evenings, but will effortlessly elevate your outfit day or night. Think a classic trench coat paired perfectly over a chic matching sweat set or your activewear on your morning coffee run, or pair an oversized blazer with denim, your favourite knit and a baseball cap for an elevated daytime look. For dinner, pop the trench or blazer on your shoulders over jeans, a chic black top and boots.

2. Cosy Knitwear

Embrace the cosiness of Autumn with soft and luxurious knitwear essentials. When packing, we opt for finer jumpers in merino or cashmere to avoid heavy weights and save on space. Anything in warm, classic Autumnal hues pairs beautifully with denim or tailored pants, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from a dose of colour.

A must-have in our trans-seasonal wardrobe is a cardigan; whether you opt for a nautical leaning striped design or an ultra-luxe cashmere style, this capsule wardrobe essential will be on high rotation for the long weekend and beyond. Worn on its own on warmer days, or layered over a turtleneck when the temperature drops, there’s a myriad of ways to style this versatile piece.

3. The Perfect Jean

No matter the season, no capsule wardrobe is complete without a great pair of denim jeans (or two!). At the moment we are coveting a relaxed leg and mid-rise, in cleaner mid-blues, creams and solid blacks. Designer denim from AG, FRAME or MOTHER offers endless styling possibilities and impeccable quality and durability, ensuring an effortlessly transition from day to night. On long weekends make your items go further by swapping a daytime sneaker worn with a chic knit and trench to a boot for a more polished ensemble.

4. Coordinating Sets

Coordinating sets offer effortless elegance and style for any occasion from the most relaxed days to fun nights. Be it a matching sweat set from Alexander Wang, silky sets from Victoria Beckham or a tailored blazer and trouser from Joseph, a coordinating set will instantly make getting dressed a breeze. Adding a matching set to your long weekend capsule wardrobe is the perfect way to instantly create multiple outfits with minimal effort. Think a silky shirt tucked into your favourite denim or a knitted sweater tucked into a tailored pants with an oversized coat. Choose sets in tonal hues or timeless prints to add visual interest to your wardrobe while embracing the essence of the season.

5. Statement Accessories

Add personality and polish to your looks with a curated mix of statement accessories. From the perfect layered stack of necklaces to standout sunglasses from Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta, adding these finishing touches to your outfit will instantly elevate your look. Top off your capsule weekend wardrobe with a versatile handbag that takes you from coffee to dinner; think a classic style from Victoria Beckham or a crossbody bag from Chloé for maximum impact.

6. Stylish Shoes

Cemented as a dependable style and comfort option, a pair of sneakers in a neutral shade is essential. Ideal for exploring city streets, we adore Chloé’s Nama sneaker, Golden Goose's Ball Stars and Stella McCartney's white Loop sneaker - all of which will add a chic and stylish element to your outfit. Alternatively, add a pair of chunky boots to your wardrobe, paired with denim for the day or tailored pants and a chunky knit for the evening, these versatile shoes will be the hardest working on your long weekend getaway.

Being considered and edited with a capsule wardrobe for a weekend away not only makes getting dressed a breeze but also ensures we travel light. Lean on complimentary tones and colours, and relaxed tailoring and denim to take you from day to night no matter your long weekend destination.

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