What I Packed (& Bought) For My Trip to NYC in April

Friday morning I flew to NYC to surprise my best friend and ask her to be my Maid of Honor (she said yes)! I wanted to do something special, and with the help of her husband, we pulled off a great surprise. It was so wonderful to have a girls weekend catching up and spending quality time together. If you've been following me for a while, you may know that NYC is one of my favorite cities to visit. I haven't been during this time of year before; I normally visit during the holidays, summer, and fall. But it was so nice to be there in the spring. While the weather wasn't quite as warm as it had been, it was still enjoyable!

Since it was a quick trip (Friday-Sunday), I forced myself to only bring a carry-on. This might sound like an easy task, however, I typically like to do a little extra shopping while I'm in town, so I knew I was going to have to keep that to a minimum. I followed my packing rules and selected the minimum amount of pieces that could create the maximum amount of outfits. I didn't pre-plan any looks, but I knew I had plenty to choose from depending on the weather conditions. I also had to bring a few extra pieces since I was planning to shoot some blog images with Carter. I was able to fit everything in my carry-on, plus all the extra items I ended up buying.

Below I'm sharing what I packed and fit into my carry-on, the outfits I wore, outfit inspiration for you to use, and the new pieces I brought home with me.

Fashion Jackson April Packing Guide for New York

What I Packed

Leather Jacket (US4) | Black Sweater (xs) | Grey Sweater (small) | White Sweater (xs) | Blue Sweater (xs)
 White T-shirt (small) | Green T-shirt (xs) | Grey T-shirt (xs) | Black T-shirt (xs)
Blue Jeans | Grey Jeans | Black Jeans
Gucci Mules | Golden Goose Sneakers | Valentino Rockstuds (not pictured)
Red Chanel Handbag (similar) | Black Chanel Handbag (similar) | Celine Belt Bag (similar)

I brought my under $25 cosmetic travel case, read more about it in this post. Since I was only bringing a carry-on, I needed to have as much space available in my suitcase, so I packed it in my Goyard tote. It actually worked out really well! I also packed my laptop, large truffle case to hold my power cords & portable charger, the small truffle case for my skin care products, and my headphones. There was still plenty or room, so I'll probably start packing my tote this way from now on!

Saturday we went to brunch at one of my favorite spots, Sotto13. It's over in the West Village and I highly recommend if you're ever visiting! It's a fun atmosphere and all their food is so amazing (my favorite is the mushroom pizza)! After brunch, we went up to Bergdorf's so I could look for wedding shoes. I had been doing a lot of shopping online prior to the trip and while I found a few styles I liked, none of them seemed right. We wondered around for a while and after looking at almost every pair of shoes, I finally found THE PAIR. I knew right when I saw them, they were the ones! They fit perfect, were so comfortable, and Cait approved of them! Luckily Bergdorf's was able to ship them to my house so I didn't have to worry about packing them!

After Bergdorf's we made our way back down to Soho to walk around and shop a bit. I had to stop in Anine Bing and What Goes Around Comes Around. I make sure to always stop in these stores while visiting- they are my favorites! We also stopped in Byredo (I got a replacement perfume), Chanel (looking for a white handbag for wedding events), One Kings Lane (they opened a store 6 months ago!), and then hit Broadway for more mainstream shopping. I always go to the Steve Madden store and this time I bought these pumps and these mules - I'm going to live in them this spring! After that I went to Bloomingdale's and bought a new pair of jeans and this fun top!

Sunday morning I shot a few outfits with Carter down in Soho and then went and met up with Cait and her husband for lunch in Brooklyn. I had to head back home that evening, but it was so nice to spend a couple days with them. I was a little disconnected from social media, just trying to have as much quality time as possible. Oh and I forgot to bring my iphone charger, I only had my portable charger, and it lasted me all weekend! You guys, this charger is seriously the best!

These are some of the outfits I created using most of the pieces I brought, and just a few of the pieces I bought. They are all great options for day or night, comfortable, or dressed up. I was never too cold with just the leather jacket, so if you're traveling soon, it was about 55-65 degrees and everything I had was perfect!

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  1. Liz said:
    Posted 4.29.19 · Reply

    I LOVE when you do packing posts like this! I’ve gotten so much better at packing in my carryons now that I’ve been buying more good, neutral basics (at least for fall/winter, warm weather I’m still working on).

    Congrats on finding your shoes! Sounds like a really fun and productive shopping trip.

    • Posted 4.29.19 · Reply

      Thank you, so glad you enjoy them! It was such a fun weekend, too!

  2. nicole said:
    Posted 4.29.19 · Reply

    This was SUCH a helpful post! I love seeing which pieces can be the most versatile for traveling, especially when the weather is not too hot or cold, the in between weather is the hardest to plan for, and in the Northeast, that is the exact weather we live with most of the time. I am pinning this for my next trip, thank you so much for documenting it all so well!

  3. Rachelle said:
    Posted 4.29.19 · Reply

    loving all these classic looks.


  4. T said:
    Posted 4.29.19 · Reply

    I LOVE these types of posts, so so helpful and I get lots of inspiration for my own travels. I have to ask, do you ever get grossed out putting your luxury bags (ie the Goyard tote) on the ground on the plane?

    • Posted 4.29.19 · Reply

      So glad you enjoy them! No, I don’t. If they get too dirty, I can always get them cleaned.

  5. Gina Clark said:
    Posted 5.1.19 · Reply

    I really enjoyed this info. Leaving in 2 weeks for NYC and I’m so excited!!! It’s one of my favorite cities! Thanks for sharing. And can’t wait to see your wedding shoes

  6. Lesley J Scher said:
    Posted 5.3.19 · Reply

    Just bought that charger for someone’s birthday… 🙂

  7. Audrey said:
    Posted 5.24.19 · Reply

    Been watching that leather jacket since you posted this and it’s half off now in Nordstrom’s sale. I just got it in the mail and I love it! So exciting to find a nice leather jacket that doesn’t look too biker chick and to see you wear it with so many looks. Thank you!!