Holiday clothes are one of the funnest things to shop for but it's important to keep a level head; have you checked on a bag? How heavy is it? If you've splashed out on extra luggage, it's plain sailing but if you're keeping to an allowance, keep that in mind.
Whether you’re off on a city break or headed to the beach, packing the right pieces can feel something like a Sudoko challenge but when you get it right and really nail that capsule wardrobe, it's equally (if not more) satisfying.
From over-packing to under-packing and even preparing for unpredictable weather, packing a successful suitcase is all about picking the right pieces and planning (as much as possible) in advance.
There's a few hero pieces that will see you through all summer holidays, from wandering around historic capitals to walking down to the pool or beach. This season, wide leg trousers are having a moment. Not only perfect for the plane (not too hot, not too cold and revealing), they’re perfect for throwing on with an open collar shirt in the day or dressing up with heels for the evening – and they’re light so you won’t have trouble packing them when you leave.
Stripes, a universal favourite, are massive for spring/summer. Even more massive than usual, with classic nautical stripes at Altuzarra and Preen, and a more statement take on the trend at Balmain and Dries Van Noten. The Breton top is a timeless piece of any summer wardrobe. Dress it up with denim culottes (we’re loving Stella McCartney’s light cotton pair) or a mid-length skirt and slides for the day, and a pair of wide leg trousers and heels in the evening.
With the 70s trend at peak revival, we’re loving the throw-on crochet and tasseled summer dresses for the easy all-in-one day look, whether you’re layering it with swimwear or exploring the towns.
Though accessories can be the key to a capsule wardrobe, they can be fussy so we’re all for a sun hat, straw bag, sunglasses (a black and a tortoiseshell pair is enough if you’re packing light) and maybe a cuff or two, as well as your usual everyday jewellery.
The same applies to swimwear, though it’s tempting to squish in all your mix and match bikinis, one or two will suffice. We’re loving She Made Me’s 70s silhouettes and Lisa Marie Fernandez’ fun separates.
The right pieces can make your wardrobe, so we've rounded up our must-have holiday pieces to ensure you’re prepped to look effortlessly chic for any occasion...