Time to Pack: Rue Associates Share What’s in Their Bags

Whether it’s a week at the beach or few nights at a cozy country inn, Rue associates reveal what they’re packing for that one last summer trip.

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August 22, 2013

Overpacking Syndrome: Tricks to Packing Light for a Weekend Away

We all do it. Eight dresses for a two-day trip? Of course we need each one. But overpacking can be avoided. The key is knowing exactly what you need ahead of time. Whether you’re taking a weekend vacation at the beach or just heading down the street, this list will help you get organized – once and for all.

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What to Pack for a Weekend Away

1. Clothes
Think versatility. Summer pieces are generally smaller and more lightweight, so you can get away with bringing more without reaching that overpacking threshold. Stick to one base color – like cream or white – then just mix and match for a whole new look.

Your key items: Two pairs of shorts, one pair of jeans, one dress that works for both days on the beach and nights on the town, one T-shirt, and one dressier top. (Plus the requisite sleepwear and underpinnings.) If you’ll be soaking up some sun, one swimsuit is plenty.

2. Shoes
Yes, you can get away with bringing just three pairs of shoes. You’ll need something for day, night, and sightseeing (read: lots of walking).

Your key items: One pair each of flat sandals, neutral-hued wedges, and sneakers.

3. Accessories
Try to avoid bringing every last necklace or belt in your house. Instead, pick pieces that work with the majority of your clothing.

Your key items: One statement necklace, one neutral-colored belt, a pair of sunglasses, a floppy hat, and one tote (bonus points if you can fit a weekend’s worth of items in it).

Our The Packing List: For Summer Weekend Getaways Boutique opens Wednesday, July 3, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 3, 2013

What’s in Your Suitcase? 4 Outfits to Carry You Through Any Summer Vacation

You’ve finally booked that summer vacation (yay!). Now all that’s left to do is pack. To outfit your itinerary to a T, take a look at these four getaway-ready ensembles. Bon voyage!

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For the Plane
Take flight in a sleek, all-black velour tracksuit. It’s chic and incredibly comfy, helping five-hour trips fly by.

For Sightseeing
Don a bold printed dress (yes, it’s totally okay to steal the spotlight from the sights) and make sure to bring a large tote to fill with off-the-beaten-path scores.

For Beach Days
Pack a bright bikini and an unconventional cover-up – like the turquoise zip-up above – and you’ll be sure to stand out.

For Dinner Alfresco
Little black dresses are great – but little blue ones? Even better. Add a jacket to drape over your shoulders when the breeze hits.

Our Juicy Couture Boutique opens Tuesday, June 4, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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June 4, 2013

Pack Your Bags: Easy-Breezy Outfits for a Caribbean Escape

Picture yourself in these 4 island ensembles

No matter how hard I wish for beach weather, the Boston forecast seems to be stuck in gloomy rain mode. As a result, I’ve been spending a lot of time daydreaming of a place where things aren’t so grey. I’m talking turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, palm trees…

I simply cannot get my mind off the Caribbean. So, in the name of daydreaming, I’ve crafted my own imaginary (for now) island itinerary where my days are filled with scouring local markets, dancing to reggae, cruising by sunset, and – of course – spending a hefty amount of time poolside. I’ve even gone ahead and planned my ever-so-stylish outfits, too. (Because you never know when someone might offer you a free flight.)

Caribbean Outfits

Our Globetrotting Style: Off to the Caribbean Boutique opens Thursday, April 11, at 3PM ET. And if you’re inspired to pack your bags yourself, our Time to Globetrot: The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa also opens Thursday, April 11, at 3PM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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April 11, 2013

Holiday Travel Essentials

It’s here – the busiest travel time of the year (it’s okay, just breathe). No matter where you’re heading, be it home to the family or across the country with a friend, take the guesswork out of packing with these colorful and convenient essentials so you can focus on things like inbound trains, layovers, and GPS signals.

The Duffel
Think ahead and bring two of these colorful carryalls with you. One for your presents (first for toting wrapped surprises for others, then for hauling your newly acquired goodies) and one for your holiday wardrobe. What to pack? These surprisingly spacious duffels hold it all, no matter what your holiday has in store:

First holiday with the in-laws: You’re part of the family now, so feel free to be more casual. Dark skinnies with a soft cashmere sweater and a little dose of sparkle should do the trick.

A family affair: Between chasing your brothers and cousins around and helping in the kitchen, comfort is key. Stick to leggings, a long, cozy tunic, and tall boots for a ready-for-anything outfit that’s also stylish.

Holidays with a friend: Can’t make it to your own home this year? Like any good friend, they’ve invited you to spend it with them. My best advice? Bring a little of everything: dressy, casual, and sporty. You never know what kinds of traditions you’ll encounter.

Jewelry Organizer
If there’s one time of year you can go all out with the baubles – it’s now. With all the gold, silver, and tinsel flying around, it’s only natural to want to match. Make sure to pack every last sparkly stud, bangle, and bib necklace – one way or another, they will be worn, and in this organizing carrier, they’ll arrive without a tangle or scratch in sight.

Clutch and Zip-Around Wallet
No matter where you end up spending your holiday, there are always a few last-minute presents that still need to be tackled. And you’re not the only one – so rather than fight the already agitated crowds with a hold-everything-you-own tote, take a compact wallet (with a wrist strap) for bulk-free, easy shopping. Once that’s out of the way? Let the fun begin: toss the wallet into a pretty patterned clutch and head out on the town for a drink with friends.

Our Vera Bradley Boutique opens Saturday, December 8, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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December 8, 2012

Island Vacation Booked? Time to Pack.

You booked the resort and snagged seats in coach. All that’s left between you and miles upon miles of white sand beach? That darned empty suitcase. Fill it up – without a fret – with help from these handy packing tips.

Don’t want to plan outfits in advance? Pick an outfit base color: black, brown, white, or navy – and pack only things that match it. For beach escapes, I love packing things in shades of white, navy, and tan – with pops of coral and turquoise to keep things lively.

Pack three pairs of sandals: basic flip-flops, nicer flats, and a pair of espadrilles. One you’ll wear to the beach or pool, the second you’ll wear during the day, the third you’ll wear while sipping coconutty drinks under that gorgeous island starlight.

“If you go, take a sweater.” My mom says this so often, it’s become a running family joke. But goodness, is it true. I promise, there’s nothing worse than arriving on vacation and realizing that you haven’t packed anything warm. So please, take her advice – pack a sweater (or two)!

Don’t forget sun protection. Pack that hat (a floppy one looks chic), remember those aviators, and take the whole arsenal of sunscreen (these towelettes make toting a cinch). Wouldn’t want to spend the vacation red as a beet, would we?

Want a full packing list? Peep this one for ideas.

Find all you need for that resort getaway – and more – in our Time to Get Away: Resort-Ready Picks Boutique, opening Tuesday, November 12, at 3PM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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November 13, 2012