Packing light but fashionably

When it comes to packing for the weekend, it's all about choosing versatile pieces that will leave you fashionable with just a few strategic wardrobe items.

Start with the perfect carryon bag. A fabric tote from companies like Lands' End and L.L. Bean doubles as a beach bag once you arrive at your destination.

For women, a maxi dress serves as a beach cover-up that can transition into an elegant evening dress with the addition of a statement necklace. For footwear, a wedge sandal will take you from the pool party to the dinner party.

For men, a swimsuit with a button closure may be worn as shorts for a trip to the ice cream store, while white jeans will easily transition from day to night. Add a solid t-shirt and polo shirt to the mix for looks that can easily go from casual hangouts to more elegant events. As for the shoes, loafers may be worn on the beach and then paired with an evening outfit for the perfect summer look.