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Packing With Just 6 Pieces

Eva Amurri Martino and Morgan Hutchinson display how to pack for a vacation with only six pieces of clothing

Who LOVES packing?! Anyone? Anyone? Crickets.  LOL.  Well, I will tell you for a fact that since becoming a Mama packing for a trip or vacation has turned in to one of my least favorite things.  Even thinking about putting together outfits while away from home is exhausting– plus I feel like I always either under or over-pack.  When I’m actually on the vacation, I normally end up just grabbing whatever is easiest in my suitcase– which is not always the cutest or most flattering.  And with social media more popular than ever, we all want to be photo friendly on our fun trips, amirite? Recently, I’ve been in awe of my friend Morgan.  She is the #Mompreneur behind website BURU, and the BURU White Label line.

Morgan recently went on a two month road trip across the United States with her family.  In a van.  Her kids are four and eight months old.  Yeah…give that a minute to sink it.  We became friends about a year ago, and I just adore Morgan’s feminine but no fuss attitude– not to mention her awesome site!  I’ve talked about her label before (and shared some pieces as part of my postpartum style recs), but the focus of it is to provide stylish and mom-friendly clothes at an affordable price point.  She also is all about the ENTIRE line being breastfeeding friendly– without them being solely “nursing” clothes.  Such a great concept, since I would argue that most of us don’t want to buy clothes that are only relevant when you’re feeding your child– and I think most of us also want to wear clothes that are slightly more elevated than a tank top that unclips at the strap.  N’est ce pas?

Anyway, one look at her Instagram page, and you see that even though Morgan is a Mama of two littles– constantly traveling, and currently breastfeeding– she always looks chic and stylish! I also love how she pairs together different pieces from her line! I thought she would be the perfect person to teach us how to pack in a paired down but stylish way. Every piece in the line is machine washable, to make things even more convenient for women on the go.

Without further ado, here are 6 pieces of clothing that can transform in to over a week’s worth of outfits.  You will also see jeans and a white Tshirt mixed in to the outfits– but I didn’t include those in the 6 since I’m pretty sure every single one of you owns a simple white Tee and jeans.  (I would wear these pieces as my “traveling outfit”) If you’re interested in these exact pairs, here is the Tee and here are the jeans! Morgan’s cute azure maxi is a new BURU item as well…

Eva Amurri Martino and Morgan Hutchinson display how to pack for a vacation with only six pieces of clothing

1. BURU Lemon Romper // 2. BURU Grace Gingham Ruffle Skirt // 3. BURU Roxy Ruffle Sleeve Button Down // 4. Ulla Johnson Amedie Blazer // 5. BURU Natty Knit Dress // 6.  BURU Theo 3 Way Snap Dress

 

Eva Amurri Martino wears a bright yellow wrap romper and sunglasses from BURU

Outfit 1

Hello, sunshine! I adore this outfit.  Seriously cute! It wraps for easy breastfeeding and can tie in the back or in the front.  I have a very long torso and I could even wear this (sometimes rompers, jumpsuits etc don’t work for me). The orange slice clutch is the cutest addition! I would wear this with flat sandals for daytime and a cute pair of wedges and a bright earring for night time.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a bright yellow wrap top and gingham ruffle skirt as part of a post about packing for a trip

Outfit 2

This outfit is so feminine and ladylike! This would be the perfect evening dinner look.  I love the color and pretty ruffle on this skirt, and it’s such a great idea to layer it on top of the romper to add another look to the lineup! I would wear this with a cute wedge heel and gold hoops.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a bright yellow wrap top and gingham ruffle skirt as part of a post about packing for a trip

Eva Amurri Martino wears a green gingham ruffled skirt, white Tee, and tan ruffled jacket by BURU as part of a post about how to pack a suitcase

Outfit 3

Such a comfy and stylish sightseeing outfit! Pairing this cute skirt with a simple Tee is great for daytime– and adding a structured and feminine jacket on top pulls it all together.  The jacket is so lightweight and can be stuffed in a purse easily without wrinkling.  Especially perfect if you’re bopping in and out of air conditioned museums or buildings during the Summer, and as an extra layer in the Fall! I would wear this with a pair of white Supergas and a pretty stacking necklace.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a green gingham ruffled skirt, white Tee, and tan ruffled jacket by BURU as part of a post about how to pack a suitcase

Eva Amurri Martino wears an LBD Buru dress

Outfits 4 & 5

This simple LBD is the perfect day-to-night outfit piece! It has pockets, which I love. For the day time outfit, I would pair it with flat sandals and sunnies (it could even be a stylish beach coverup.   For night time I would switch to a strapless bra, pull the dress off the shoulders, and pair with a pair of heels and statement necklace!

Eva Amurri Martino wears an LBD Buru dress

Eva Amurri Martino wears an LBD Buru dress

Eva Amurri Martino wears an LBD Buru dress

Eva Amurri Martino wears an LBD Buru dress

Eva Amurri Martino wears a black knotted top, jeans, and heels

Outfit 6

Knot the dress, and use it as a top! Pair with your fave jeans. I knotted it extra high to make it crop, but it can also be done to the side.  I love this outfit for a cute Happy Hour look.  I would pair it with statement sunnies and a pair of heels!

Eva Amurri Martino wears a black knotted top, jeans, and heels

Eva Amurri Martino wears an adjustable white snap dress with bow straps as part of a post about packing simply

Outfits 7 & 8

This pretty white dress is the ultimate multitasker! It snaps off to three lengths: maxi, knee, and as a top! The tied bow straps are so darling. I would wear this as a maxi with flat sandals for a relaxing beach day or a stroll to a local market.  Then I would take off the bottom layer and pair it with a wedge heel for sightseeing, or an early diner.  I even think it would look great with a black turtleneck underneath and a low bun for Fall.

Eva Amurri Martino wears an adjustable white snap dress with bow straps as part of a post about packing simply

Eva Amurri Martino wears a white bow top, camel ruffle jacket, and jeans as part of a post about packing simply

Outfit 9

A cute and stylish day time look! I would definitely wear this to explore a local park or museums with the kids.  It’s great for being active and looking good at the same time! I would wear it with white Supergas for ultimate style and comfort.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a white bow top, camel ruffle jacket, and jeans as part of a post about packing simply

Eva Amurri Martino wears a white bow top, camel ruffle jacket, and jeans as part of a post about packing simply

Eva Amurri Martino wears a white button down shirt with ruffle details and jeans with flats

Outfit 10

This is the quintessential easy breezy and chic look! This would definitely be my go to when on the road.  I could wear this to a business meeting, and then meet up with Kyle and the kids for a day of adventures! Plus a white button down always photographs SO well.  I adore the ruffle detail on this one.  I would wear it with a pair of flat sandals, or white supergas. Simple jewelry, and a great watch.

Eva Amurri Martino wears a white button down shirt with ruffle details and jeans with flats

Well, there you have it! I’m sure you can think up even MORE combos and looks to wear with these pieces! I just love the idea of a way to pack simply without compromising on style.  Do you have a foolproof way to pack for trips with your family? Please share in the Comments below!

 

Here are some tips and insight from BURU Mama Morgan herself:

1.  You have traveled all over the country with your family…in a van! Tell us the concept of the Buru Van, and what your plans are for these travels in the future.

Oh yes—we are living quite a glamorous “Van Life” right now!  Ha!

Our online store will turn 4 this September. Over the past several years, we have learned A LOT about online retail. For starters—our traffic and overall sales tend to dip a bit in the summer months. We suspected this was due to the fact that many of our BURU Mamas were off “summering” with their little ones, so rather than sit back and wait for them to come home to shop, we decided to join in the fun!

The BURU van, outfitted as a store in the back, (complete with hardwood floors and racks to shop the clothes) is an extension of our website and acts as a traveling pop-up shop, while the front (with 2 rows of seats) allows us to easily travel with our “mini crew” (Olive Bee & Baby Schafer). We keep the back stocked with styles from our BURU White Label to offer busy mamas washable, easy access and on-trend clothing—on the go! This summer’s stops have included fun spots like The Hamptons, Nantucket, Charleston, SC and several lakeside towns in Michigan. Based on the success of the pop-ups and all the fun we’ve had as a family, I feel confident that we will take this party bus on the road again next summer! And…based on the demand of the BURU White Label and the request from numerous mamas to see the clothes “in person” we will be launching our first permanent BURU Bus this fall in the SOUTH! Stay tuned for a BURU Bus Stop coming to a Southern town near you!

2.  You’ve got chic packing down to a science– are there any rules you live by when packing yourself for a trip?

            When traveling for 10 days or less, I actually map out every day and plan my outfits ahead of time. I know it sounds a bit excessive, but it actually prevents over-packing in a BIG way.  By writing down my complete looks—I am able to eliminate duplicates, curate my shoes in a concise way, and keep accessories to a minimum. And speaking of accessories, that’s the harshest packing rule that I stick to 98% of the time. Shoes and bags weigh the most and take up the most real estate in your luggage. I allow myself 3 pairs of shoes and 2 bags (not counting what I am wearing or carrying with me). If you’re trying to trim the “accessories fat”, just remember that a great naked shoe always saves the day and a metallic clutch (silver, gold or rose gold) will dress up any look if you need a quick day-to-night ensemble!

3.  Do you have any must-have kids’ products when taking your little ones on the road for an extended period of time?

Absolutely. For Baby Schafer: I would never leave home without our Inglesina Fast Table Chair, Baby Bjorn carrier, Fridababy NoseFrida, Wash With Water Ultimate Bar Soap (safe for baby and travel friendly!), Dockatot, and a handful of oversized swaddles. My go-to brands for this are Babies4Babies and Coveted Things.

For Olive: I always pack a few Playmobil kits to keep her entertained at restaurants, Melissa & Doug Water Wow books for the van, Mustela Rinse Free for baths on-the-go, the Beautycounter sunscreen stick (she can apply it herself) and Supergoop’s new mousse for sun protection. Oh—and like double the amount of big girl panties…you just never know!

4.  What are your go-to beauty products you just can’t live without?

As I {rapidly} approach my late 30’s (YIKES), I’ve found that moisturizer and sunscreen are everything! I never leave home without my Onelove Organics Vitamin C Serum, By Terry Liftessense Eye Contour and Daily Cream, or my SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense (SPF50). And of course, I pack multiple dry shampoos! I mean, who has time to wash hair on the road with two kids! I always keep a travel size of Drybar’s detox in my handbag and I really love Batiste Original when the grease is too legit to quit.

 

Eva Amurri Martino packs a suitcase with just six pieces

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Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography

 

 

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  1. Megan says:

    Obsessed with the post! I’ve always been a notorious overpacker and recently started planning out every outfit for each day to avoid overpacking. I also try to always wear my heaviest pair of shoes when traveling to keep the suitcase load a little lighter. Really great tips and outfit ideas.

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  2. Dani says:

    This is so helpful! I’m headed over to Buru to check it out right now!

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  3. I love this post! I’ve been trying to make some of my pieces more versatile lately so this post gives me some great ideas.

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  4. Hadley says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!
    All the clothes are super cute and the pairings are fabulous!

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  5. Courtney says:

    Love her stuff SO much. Wish it were more budget friendly tho 😩

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  6. Olivia says:

    Sigh. I want to love this concept, but I feel like you have to be a size 4 for a lot of these looks. I’d love if you continue with this post series and do some more broader styles – like moms who have to run around after two little boys…ha. We can’t really wear skirts and heels 😉

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    • Everyone is different, but I totally wear skirts and chase around after my kids! I just pair them with sneakers during the day as I mentioned in the post.

      If you want to be inspired by women rocking different styles at any size, I highly recommend my friend’s site The 12ish Style! She rocks looks like these and beyond! It is possible to wear these clothes and look fab beyond a size 4!

      xx

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