How to Create Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

How to Create Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

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.

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.

Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

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:

24 Piece Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

  1. A Large Beach Bag - H&M
  2. 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
  3. Sunglasses - Lavish Alice
  4. A Hat - French Connection
  5. Lightweight Scarf or sarong x2 – Select
  6. Scarf/sarong –  NotOntheHighStreet
  7. 2 Mix and Match Bikinis or Tankinis - Reversible Bikini – Forever21
  8. Long Line Bikini - Lipsy
  9. Denim shorts – Forever21
  10. A Maxi Skirt - Oasis
  11. A Maxi dress - Forever21
  12. A Day dress or playsuit – Quiz
  13. An Evening dress or jumpsuit – Coast
  14. 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!
  15. 1 pairs of sandals or espadrilles – T-bar Sandals – Aftershock London
  16. Espadrilles – Kurt Geiger
  17. 1 pair of heels Mango
  18. Palazzo or harem pants such as these harem pants that double as a playsuit
  19. 3 vests or t-shirts – Bloomingdales UK
  20. Brightly coloured shorts or skort – Miss Selfridge
  21. Statement jewellery – H&M
  22. Kimono or cover up – Miss Selfridge
  23. A beach cover up that doubles as a day dress - Embellished Kaftan
  24. 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!

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New Season Key Pieces (+ COMPETITION)

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I wanted to share with you some of the transitional pieces I recently picked up for Spring. I am totally loving pastel colours at the moment including yellow and mint green (two colours I would normally shy away from in all circumstances!) and they make me feel happy knowing that winter is finally over and I can look forward to the warmer months. However summer is a long way off and it’s still not swimsuit weather so I’ve chosen some key pieces in pretty pastel colours which are great for layering on colder days with tights, leggings and cardi’s but will be easy to wear on warmer days too.

Pastel T-Shirts (Peacocks)
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These are great to throw on to brighten up an otherwise boring outfit and super easy to wear dressed up or down.

A Transitional Cami (Peacocks)
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I love the print of this cami top and it works equally well teamed with jeans and a cardigan and tucked into shorts and skirts.

The Vintage Style Scarf (Peacocks)
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I love this colour and texture combination so much. This is a great staple to have as it’s pretty and practical for chilly mornings.

The Dainty Tea Dress (Not On the High Street)


This dress is so pretty – it’s great over tights and worn with a blazer on colder days or on it’s own as a day dress when it’s sunnier.

Colourful Trainers (Shoezone)
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These pumps are so comfy and an absolute bargain to create a pop of spring colour.

The Statement Necklace (Cord And Bar Collar – Miss Selfridge)

Chunky jewellery is a must this season and looks really fab with collared and lower cut tops alike.

Milkshake Nails – (Ciaté Paint Pots, Strawberry Milkshake, Ciaté Paint Pots, Pepperminty, Ciaté Paint Pots, Cookies & Cream, Ciaté Paint Pots, Doll’s House)

These pastel polishes from Ciaté are an easy way to update to a spring look – subtle, pastel and nude, I can’t decide which is my favourite colour but they are super easy to wear and apply.

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If you want to win one of these lovely spring pieces, comment below with your favourite item for a chance to win it!

Extra entries available:
Follow me on twitter (@liz_randell) and tweet me with your favourite item and the hashtag #SpringTG

Like the facebook page and leave a comment of your favourite item on the competition post.

Open to UK residents only.

Competition ends 10pm Easter Sunday (20th April) when one winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and contacted shortly afterwards to arrange delivery of their prize.

Prize will be one item unless the favourite item is ‘pastel t-shirts’ whereby the prize is all three colours – yellow, mint and pink. Nail colours are individual and only one will be given as a prize. Please state favourite COLOUR if this is your favourite item you would like to win.

**At time of posting the transitional cami top and vintage scarf from Peacocks are both unavailable. In the event you choose one of these items as your favourite and the item is still unavailable at end of competition, a £10 Love2shop gift voucher will be given in it’s place.**

Maximum 3 entries per person, (1x each blog comment, twitter and facebook entries).

Good Luck!

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Happy LFW!

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If you love London Fashion Week how do you keep up with all he latest news and trends? This year lots of us lovely bloggers are adding our own content (as and when it happens) to this live feed so you can see all the details in one place. You can view the feed below or go straight to the website – and you can join in the discussion by sharing on twitter and facebook.

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Jackie Js Lee AW14 Finale

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Nasir Mazhar AW14

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Backstage at Mark Fast AW14

Whose style are you loving at this years #LFW?

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