A Stylist Packs Your Suitcase

Ilaria Urbinati's No-Fail Guide to Looking Good on Vacation

packing for three-day getaways!

When you’re born in Rome, raised in Paris, and splitting your time between L.A. and NYC, you pick up if nothing else (well, besides a few languages and epic taste) how to pack light. Ilaria Urbinati, celebrity stylist (a.k.a. the reason Bradley Cooper always looks so dashing in a suit and ladies like Krysten Ritter and Emmy Rossum end up on best-dressed lists) and co-owner of Confederacy boutique, gives us her formula for maxistyle with minimum baggage.

Everything You Need for a Warm-Weather Three-Day Getaway

The Basics
3 pairs of socks
4 pairs of undies
2 bras (“I always stash one of my aunt Laura Urbinati’s bikinis — you can wear the top under tees.”)

The Pieces
1 white button-up (“You can wear it long over jean shorts, as a bathing suit cover, or tied over your shorts or chinos.”)
2 tank tops
2 tees (“The Proenza Schouler ones are the best. They’re even cute to sleep in.”)
1 pair of chinos (“There are a million good pairs at J.Crew right now.”)
1 pair of skinny jeans
1 pair of denim cutoffs (“I love Double RL Vintage or Current/Elliott.”)
1 pair of shorts (cotton or linen)
1 long dress (“I wear my Daughters of the Revolution Butterfly dress in the city, the country, daytime, or dinner. It’s good for everything.”)
1 skirt
1 short dress
1 jacket (“Boy by Band of Outsiders blazer or a leather jacket from ASOS — pick your battles.”)
1 long cardigan
1 pair of sandals or espadrilles
1 pair of ballet flats (“Gap makes great ones you can toss in your carry-on.”)
1 pair of nude heels (“They go with everything and make your legs look crazy long.”)

The Extras
1 straw hat (“I wore a BCBGeneration boater — minus the bead embellishment — during my wedding weekend.”)
1 pair of sunglasses
1 scarf
Bracelets (“Made Her Think cuffs always make the right statement.”)
1 pair of stud earrings
1 pair of gold hoops (“Necklaces aren’t practical; they just get tangled up.”)

The Beauty
1 toiletry bag (“A neutral Bare bag doubles as a clutch.”)
Facial cleansing pads
Tinted moisturizer with sunscreen
Lip balm (“Dr Pepper Lip Smacker is heaven.”)
Blemish treatment (“Mario Badescu drying lotion never fails.”)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Body lotion
Hair bands
1 scrunchie
1 headband
Shampoo and conditioner (“Nothing will ruin your weekend like a bad hair day.”)

The Baggage
1 day bag (“I don’t go anywhere without a Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Clutch.”)
1 nighttime clutch
1 large carryall
1 carry-on trolley (“I like to check my wheely bag and carry on the carryall — it’s faster to get through security this way, and the tote can double as a beach or grocery bag when you finally get where you’re going.”)

The Day Of
“The goal is to be comfy whilst looking put together and not bringing more stuff and getting through security fast — i.e., no belts, jewelry, or complicated shoes. I usually wear Raven skinny cargos for comfort, a nice (read: not sloppy) tee, and a cashmere sweater. I wear laceless Keds, so they’re easy to slip off at security. But you can still wear little hidden socks.”

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