Next week I’m jetting off on a last minute holiday (we are leaving things completely by chance this year, very unlike me!) but I’ve already planned my holiday wardrobe thanks to a clever capsule wardrobe list I devised last year. I’m a planner by nature and prefer things in life to be organised down to the last detail so if you’re like me and like things organised or you’re just looking for some holiday outfit inspiration, here’s my take on how to create your holiday capsule wardrobe.
Holiday Wardrobe Tips:
Decide on a colour theme with a maximum of three colours (plus black and white) – this makes it easier to mix and match pieces to create many different outfits. Last year for holiday my colour theme was coral, black and mint whereas this year I’m keeping things simple by choosing classic monochrome pieces and adding in some bright accessories of purple, orange and pink.
Add bright accessories to change up your look. Take scarves and jewellery on vacation in an assortment of colours and styles – they take up much less space in your suitcase than extra clothes and can drastically alter a basic look, easily taking you from day to night in an instant.
Wear a lightweight scarf on the plane – If you’re going abroad this is a staple – I wear one to the airport so that I can snuggle into it if it gets a bit chilly on the flight. Once on holiday it doubles up in the daytime as a sarong or a cover up if it gets too hot and then in the evening it can be worn as a shawl to cover up cold shoulders or to disguise wobbly arms! I also wear a scarf as a belt to change up a plain pair of shorts and lastly I like to use it on my sun lounger – you know that bit where the towel’s not quite long enough to reach to the end – which keeps my feet covered when sunbathing on my front so I don’t get burnt feet.
Buy pieces with a dual purpose such as mix and match bikinis. The beauty of having mix and match bikinis is that you can mix and match them to create four different bikini looks, plus you can wear the bikini tops in the daytime (if you’re daring enough) styled as bandeau or crop tops. If you’re not so daring, try high waisted versions of bikinis or opt for tankinis – it looks like a swimsuit but is in fact separate pieces – and they’re much more versatile than a one-piece. Reversible and tan-through bikinis and tankinis are available too!
What to wear on the flight or when travelling:
The main concern here is comfort but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t stay stylish too.
I like to wear harem or palazzo pants with a basic tee, which are both super comfy and easy to wear. A jacket of some kind is essential because I get so cold on the plane and might be needed for when I get back (Dear UK, why are you so rainy?!) and as noted above, a cotton scarf to keep the chill of my neck. Also I like to wear a scarf to add some interest to an otherwise basic outfit but it all depends on what you feel most comfortable in. As an alternative you could try a statement necklace which is bang on trend.
1. White Crop Top Bloomingdales UK
2. Harem Pants Forever21
3. Print Fringe Kimono Miss Selfridge or 4. Crop Denim Jacket French Connection
5. Madison Espadrilles Kurt Geiger
6. Oversized scarf (can also be worn as a sarong) Select
What to pack:
- A Large Beach Bag - H&M
- A satchel or day bag (doubles up as your travel bag and hand luggage) I like this one from F&F at Tesco and it’s great value at only £16
- Sunglasses - Lavish Alice
- A Hat - French Connection
- Lightweight Scarf or sarong x2 – Select
- Scarf/sarong – NotOntheHighStreet
- 2 Mix and Match Bikinis or Tankinis - Reversible Bikini – Forever21
- Long Line Bikini - Lipsy
- Denim shorts – Forever21
- A Maxi Skirt - Oasis
- A Maxi dress - Forever21
- A Day dress or playsuit – Quiz
- An Evening dress or jumpsuit – Coast
- 1 pair flipflops – I’m totally in love with my Reefs but I’ve got a soft spot for Ruby & Ed flip flops because they’re so comfy. I have a pair in nearly every colour!
- 1 pairs of sandals or espadrilles – T-bar Sandals – Aftershock London
- Espadrilles – Kurt Geiger
- 1 pair of heels Mango
- Palazzo or harem pants such as these harem pants that double as a playsuit
- 3 vests or t-shirts – Bloomingdales UK
- Brightly coloured shorts or skort – Miss Selfridge
- Statement jewellery – H&M
- Kimono or cover up – Miss Selfridge
- A beach cover up that doubles as a day dress - Embellished Kaftan
- Denim Jacket – French Connection
A total of 26 pieces like these will give you more than enough outfits for travelling, day time outfits and evening outfits for at least 7 days (but more like 10-14 if you plan wisely!) Lastly, don’t forget your travel documents, medications, money, passport, sun lotion and a good summer book.
Enjoy your holidays!
Thanks for Reading,