Pearls: C+C Lifestyles – Leather Jacket: Zara – Wool Coat: Vintage – Boots: Meraki

Denim: Citizens of Humanity/H&M – Shirt: Brandy Melville – Glasses: Bailey Nelson

All Natural Makeup by Carly Flint at The Green Kiss

If you’ve been to Victoria you’ve surely visited The Fairmont Empress. As one of the most iconic and cherished buildings in the city, I obviously wanted to look cool while staying there. Whenever I plan a getaway, the first things in my suitcase are my ÉLISE silk pajamas of course, but after that things can get a bit more complicated.

Since I started travelling more over the past few years, I have come up with a few guidelines when packing for a weekend away. Although I still haven’t come close to mastering that art of packing for a longer holiday, I’m pretty much professional with the overnight pack at this point.

#1. Pack one pair of shoes that work with all your outfits. Shoes take up a lot of space, so versatility is key. Sandals might be necessary when going to the beach and when it comes to working out, The Fairmont President’s Club will provide you with a full gym kit in your room.

#2. I generally take one simple bag that can go from day to night and matches all outfits. Similar to shoes, handbags take space, so pick one of your faves and rock it all weekend.

#3. Repeat your accessories. I took one pair of sunglasses and one set of pearls and wore them with both outfits.

#4. When the temperatures are cooler and jackets are necessary, this is generally the item that I choose to switch up between outfits. As the element of a look that often demands the most attention, this is the piece that I focus on really changing. After all, everything else will just be worn underneath. In the case of this post, I chose a wool coat and a leather jacket.

#5. I repeated the same button up shirt for both outfits. This top in particular still looks nice when wrinkled which is something to consider when packing.

#6. Although one pair of trousers would have been fine for both outfits, I had a little extra space, so packed 2 pairs of jeans instead. Lucky me!

These are a few guidelines that I generally follow when choosing outfits for a weekend away. Having said that, I would be lying if I said I didn’t still have packing meltdowns every once in awhile. If you have any tips to add, please let me know in the comments below. xE