Holiday Outfits to Help You Look Great and Pack Light This Long Weekend

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It's the biggest travel week of the year, and most of us are homeward bound to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with our loved ones. The question is: How do we pack smart for a long weekend, give ourselves plenty of options, and still fit into a carry-on bag?

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Well all it takes is four pieces and a few staples to make eight different outfits for your holiday getaway. Really! Try using these seasonal pieces: a midi skirt, chunky knit sweater, faux leather jacket, and a day dress. Then mix them with your favorite pair of jeans, a classic button down, a pair of tights, statement jewelry, and voila! You're ready for all the family and friend events that await.

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Jeans and a top is a no-brainer. The button-down and sweater with comfy booties works well for your traveling outfit. Add a statement necklace for dinner with your parents. Then wear your black flats and leather jacket for after-dinner drinks with girlfriends.

The trendy and feminine midi skirt is a favorite of ours, and we love it in a winter-y hue like this deep berry version from Topshop. It's perfect for Thanksgiving day or a coffee date with friends. Pair with a button-down and booties for a casual look or sweater, necklace, and pretty flats for a dressier Thanksgiving ensemble.

An A-line day dress is the versatile piece you can't go wrong with. Again, in a deep and dark winter-y hue like this forest teal, you can throw on a leather jacket and booties to hang out with your high school crew, simply don a pair of tights (gray is a wonderful neutral that goes with anything and is less harsh than black!) and flats for fancy family time, or stylishly layer your chunky knit sweater and statement necklace over the dress for an impromptu put-together look.

Dress, Oasis, $65Sweater, Oasis, $62 / Jeans, Gap, $70 / Skirt, Topshop, $105 / Jacket, Warehouse, $104 (similar) / Flats, Sole Society, $65 / Booties, Sole Society, $90/ Plaid Shirt, Forever21, $23 (similar) / Statement Necklace, Bauble Bar, $44 / Maroon Statement Necklace, Sole Society, $35 / Long Necklace, Bauble Bar, $36

Best of all, you can fit all your outfits in a Lipault suitcase, one of our favorite luggage brands from Paris which promises featherlight, foldable designs (no excess baggage and easy storage).