If you’re lucky, you’ve packed many a weekend bag this summer. You’ve probably packed some old favorites, debuted some new purchases, and gifted your fair share of adult beverages to friends and family. While these items still play an important role in your Labor Day plans—let’s hope you have sunshine, water fun, and an invitation to a beach house in store—by early September you know which items are tried and true. Here’s my breakdown of the six essentials to pack for the last weekend of summer.
This summer I’ve weeded out many a cover-up and swimsuit. Cover-ups that button down the front work best for me. If I have to put something over my head, I’ll end up grabbing a towel—it’s too much work for the beach. This shirtdress from Solid + Striped is easy to throw on and transitions nicely to lunch or a seaside cocktail.
For swim, I opt for a strapless one piece and Eres is my go-to. I tend towards black in early summer, but by August strong color feels right. You won’t be left with any strange tan lines around your neck on Monday morning and it looks chic with a skirt thrown over for evening.
By Labor Day, the fall shopping season has begun and it’s a great time to break out a must-have item. This fall it’s the jean jacket. Our favorite is the version that showed up on Demna Gvasalia’s debut for Balenciaga, but there are equally cool (and more affordable) versions from Tomas Maier, Acne, and Simon Miller. Re/Done’s unfinished version is the perfect layer over a swimsuit or tank for a summer evening but I’ll definitely be wearing it over sweaters all fall.
The thought of rosé makes most beach goers wince by August, but I still like to bring my host something nice for the bar. St. Augustine Distillery’s New World Gin is crafted in small batches using hand grinding. The label is equally special. If you want to go the extra step, purchase a bottle of Strong Tonic Syrup which St Augustine’s recommends in their recipe for the New World Gin + Tonic.
One thing that many forget to pack as a houseguest is a pair of proper pajamas like this crisp cotton pair by Olivia Von Halle. Not only do they prevent any embarrassing middle-of-the-night run-ins, but you can use the top and pants as chic daywear all weekend. Top with jean shorts, pants with a white tank—you get the idea.
Your host will probably have beach towels but having my own gives me a sense of security. I love that the swimwear collection, Onia, makes oversized towels that feel more like a blanket. I never feel guilty when my two daughters kick sand all over it.
Show up with it all packed in this classic Hermes duffle (the epitome of weekend chic) and you’ll be sure to be invited back next summer.