Vacation? Since when did I become American?!
OK, so holiday dressing, if you’re British. Either way, choosing your holiday outfits can be difficult. You want to look chic and classy, but also relaxed and laid back. Unless you’ve been there before, you never really know what traveling with throw at you. It could be a smart evening meal followed by a stroll through old town, or it could be a Greek Night at a local taverna.
Add to this mix, scorching temperatures which you can’t even imagine while you’re packing at home, and it’s easy to see why packing for your holiday can be challenging.
The key, I find, is versatility. A few key pieces that can work for multiple occasions. Here are my favourites.
Photographed in Mykonos by Fleur de Force
A Light Blouse
When you’re dressing for a warm day, it can seem counter-productive to choose a long sleeve garment, however having trialled this light loose blouse in the intense Greek heat while in Mykonos, I can confirm that it’s far more comfortable to keep the sun’s rays away from the skin.
Not only does a loose blouse protect you from burning in the mid-day sun, but by shading your skin, it also keeps your temperature down. Plus, if you find yourself getting chilly in the evenings, having this fabric over your skin can help protect you from a sea breeze too – making a piece like this perfect for both day and night time.
I adore this particular blouse – under £25 from H&M, it’s made of breathable cotton material and includes some of my favourite summer trends; delicate embroidery on the yoke and twisted tassels, it could easily be straight from the Chloe catwalk. The sleeves are loose and airy, but the buttoned cuffs make it practical and easy to wear.
When the temperature drops in the UK i’ll pair it with white jeans, but whilst enjoying the Myconian heat, it works perfectly with both denim shorts, and this white tailored pair for a more polished look.
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I like to keep my accessories of neutral tone, so that they work with every outfit. Versatility is a top priority when packing, so that you can mix and match everything you take. A large beach bag that works as a day bag too is the most important beach accessory, and my Pinkie straw tote does exactly that. Pom Pom beach bags are all the rage at the moment, see how I created my own DIY version in my Summer Wardrobe Hacks video here.
For shoes, watches, sunglasses, again I opt for a neutral tone. My leopard and gold sandals from Boden have proven the greatest cost per wear item across all of my summer trips; they look elegant and stylish, but most importantly they’re incredibly comfortable for exploring new places.
My watch and sunglasses were both a steal from ASOS; costing less than £15 each, they both look as though they were far more. I find ASOS to be the greatest online destination for choosing luxe accessories at a budget price.
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I find shorts to be an elegant and practical holiday style essential. There seem to be so many beautiful tailored pairs available on the highstreet at the moment, and my favourite style is this luxe flippy pair from Topshop. The high waisted design works beautifully with cropped tops, the tailored style shaped perfectly for the body. With practical side pockets and made from easy care polyester; they look the part and are affordable and practical too.
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What are your tips for packing for holidays? Let me know in the comments below!