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The Locked-and-Loaded Weekend Bag To Make Your Fridays Easier

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Of course, you'll want to pepper in the special occasion and one-off pieces as needed (bathing suit for the beach, cocktail dress for a party, you know). Those things change, but here are the constants  to start with. Click through for shopping info. (Bonus: nothing's over $100.)


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No more getting somewhere and kicking yourself for not having a proper dress to wear. This one's easy to dress down or up, depending on the occasion.
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Unlike black heels, which can look sort of harsh with bright summer dresses and lightweight fabrics, these can pair with your dark jeans and your floral minidress just as naturally. (Plus, they're a little fresher-feeling than nude heels.)
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You'll want a just-in-case layer that can be casual with jeans and a tank or go more formal when worn over a dress. This one's not crepe-y like a lot of blazers are, so it won't wrinkle if you keep it packed full-time.
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With jeans, with shorts, with dresses. You'll wear them all weekend. Honestly, at this price you might as well have multiple pairs.
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Well, duh: you need jeans, and it's probably best to keep a classic,  understated pair in your go-bag.
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The easiest throw-on-and-go dress.
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Maybe you end up forgetting your bronzer, but who cares? This kit has a ton in it for the price, so it's what we'd keep stashed as default weekend makeup. A pretty lip and defined eye will take you far.
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To sleep? To workout? To wear with jeans and Converse? To wear with heels and a statement jacket? You decide.

Digital Fashion Writer

Ever received a last-minute invite on a weekend trip, or realized you should probably leave for your own trip like, five minutes ago because the traffic's just that bad? I've done both and the result's always the same: I'm frazzled, so I end up packing a completely non-sensical weekend bag with one bikini, two pairs of ridiculous stilettos, six just-in-case sweaters and no pants.

It's annoying and yet avoidable enough to make me a fan of keeping a standby weekend bag, sorta like stashing an extra dopp kit at your boyfriend's so you're never without the essentials. It might seem a little extreme—like, who perma-packs other than A-list actresses? Don't you miss those things during the week? And yeah, I get that. But if you buy non-expensive pieces that are more on the versatile side than the "oh my god outfit-making" side, you won't itch for them. But you will enjoy wearing them all weekend, and you will love that you had time to give yourself a manicure before hitting the road instead of frantically packing.

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