Hurrah! The summer holidays are finally here and we’re thinking that, like us, most of you will be heading off for a week or two of well-earned lounging around a pool sipping pina coladas like you’re at Club Tropicana (try not to laugh those of you with small children). As holiday packing is basically a NIGHTMARE, we wanted to make things easier for you by pulling together a capsule suitcase edit of pieces that will take you from beach to bar and beyond! Happy Holidays everyone!
Whilst it’s tempting to throw every last summery top, dress or pair of sandals into your suitcase, the easiest option when packing is to pick a predominant colour and build your holiday wardrobe around it. In the past I’ve packed a lot, only to wear about 25-50% of what I’ve brought on a holiday, but this year I’m determined it’ll be different, hence my decision to go with a very tight, very co-ordinated edit. Of course, it goes without saying that you must add your favourite holiday dress or your dream sandals and screw the colour scheme whenever and wherever necessary, but as a guideline, packing-by-colour is a great way to start.
And so, for my holiday this year (to France! Our first summer holiday abroad for years!) I am going for a blue and white theme. First up a jumpsuit, which is fast becoming my go-to item of choice for evenings out. This denim one by Maison de Nimes (above) is particularly fab. Great for travelling in and on nights out, it’s the kind of piece that you’ll wear a lot and therefore ticks all the boxes. Then of course, there’s a swimsuit (I like this, this and this) and/or bikini (this and this look good) – I reckon you can get away with two for a week, two pairs of shorts, a couple of tops, a beach/pool cover-up and maybe three gorgeous summery dresses. And, honestly, I think that’s it. But, for the kind of holiday we’re going on (quiet, a house in the middle of nowhere, no bars/clubs/scene) it works. Of course, if you’re heading to Ibiza to hang off a yacht and dance ’til dawn, you are going to need more. Or less. You may just be in a bikini all day and night, but I digress…
If you’re looking for a really great holiday top, then may I suggest the Bardot? Both Natasha and I are big fans of these tops. I’ve only discovered them this year, not previously being a fan of off-the-shoulder, but I hadn’t realised that off-the-shoulder could have sleeves!! Trying one on was a sartorial lightbulb moment as bardot tops are really flattering. This one by Free People is perfect. The peasant-style embroidered sleeves add a cool boho dimension and would dress up anything from denim shorts to a skirt or on cooler evenings, jeans. A really great find. This one by Part Two also ticks all the holiday boxes. White, crocheted – it’s basically summer in a top.
And, then there’s the holiday dress. The French Connection smock dress (pictured) is a suitcase essential. White, boho and embroidered, it’s the easy kind of throw-on piece that you could wear to the beach or at night with embellished flats and an arm full of jewellery. I don’t tend to wear white dresses at home (children and living in the country would mean it wouldn’t stay white for long), but on a bright, sunny holiday, I can’t think of anything better. Also available as a top.
Finally, I’m a big believer in bringing out the pom poms and tassels in the summer months, which is why my accessories tend to be attention-grabbing on holiday. These Qupid sandals are FAB and are guaranteed to give you happy feet. Also, you will obviously need a bag on holiday, so why not make it a pom pom embellished straw one? This one by Helen Moore is chic, roomy and perfect for throwing in all kinds of essentials from suncream to books to sunglasses. It also comes with pink pom poms. Or go for one of these fabulous colourful totes by SunnyLife, which would also be great for shopping at home. I especially love the Toucan and the pineapple one. Happy holidays everyone wherever you are off to!
Denim shorts, £17, Maison De Nimes, Jumpsuit, £59, Maison De Nimes, White cotton top, £38, French Connection, Tye Dye swimsuit, £35, Maison De Nimes, Smock dress, £60, French Connection, Pom pom beach basket, £60, Helen Moore, Pom pom sandals, £28, Qupid, Square sunglasses, £134, Coach
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