Top: Zara (sold out but similar here).
Shorts: £30, River Island
For the first time in ages, I was super happy with my holiday packing list.
I had bought quite a few new items, which always make me look forward to a trip away, but I also followed some simple rules, which as I get older, are time-saving, efficient and make life a hell of a lot easier. I've shared a few rules, and a few new tips that made my holiday packing so much simpler (and affordable), this season - and hope it does for you, too!
1. KEEP YOUR PACKING PALETTE SIMPLE
|Top: Zara (sold out but similar here). Skirt: £32, Asos. Bracelet: £125, Astley Clarke. Sandals: £38, Next. Bag: £350, Sophie Hulme|
A few simple pops of colour, in the form of accessories, or a key sweater, will then set it off.
|Jumper: £280, Bella Freud. Shorts: £30, River Island. Sliders: £55, Hunter at Office. Sunglasses: £20, ToyShades|
|Bikini top, £19, & Other Stories. Scallop edged shorts: £39, & Other Stories|
I have only just really warmed up to And Other Stories, but their summer collection has been the best on the High Street, in my opinion. Their Grecian smock dresses, cheesecloth fabrics all look like they could have come from an expensive boutique in Crete - and the perfect collection to bring with you on holiday. I wore these cotton shorts both for day and night on my trip and loved them.
3. YOU ONLY NEED A FEW KEY ACCESSORIES
I basically took 2 pairs of sandals and one bag for the evening - they matched everything and saved me on excess baggage. Choose a good sized bag which will work with most items - I chose a cross-body bag with removable straps so it worked as a clutch also. And my lace-up flats were the best investment I've made this summer.
|Sandals: £110, Ancient Greek Sandals. Shorts: £39, And Other Stories. Top: £12 in the sale, New Look. Jacket: All Saints. Bracelets: And Other Stories, Orelia, Astley Clarke and Gemporia.|
4. A DENIM JACKET IS ESSENTIAL
|Denim jacket: J Crew (sold out but buy similar from Mango here). Jumpsuit: H&M (sold out). Birkenstocks: £49.50, Asos|
A game-changer, perfect for those sometimes chilly evenings, or for airport travelling when you still want to contain that holiday spirit.
5. GET YOURSELF A QUIRKY WICKER BASKET BAG
See photo above. Whether you buy it at your local holiday market (like me), or have one from a trip previously, now is its time to shine. Still haven't got one yet? What are you waiting for?
|Monogram tote: £120, Rae Feather (you'll have to get on the waiting list!)|
|Straw tote bag, £28, Topshop|
|Straw bag with fringing, £39.99, H&M|
|Pom pom bags, £35, Edit.58 (email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve one before their July launch)|
|All shoes: Next|
1. Tan lace-up heeled sandals, £38
2. Black leather padded sliders, £22
3. Black knee-high gladiator sandals, £45
4. Suede toe-loop footbed sandals, £20
5. Black leather lace-up flat sandals, £24
6. Gold lace-up espadrilles, £34
7. Tan leather and espadrille platform sandals, £45
Almost half my shoe wardrobe is Next, these days - they're doing such great styles and they're more comfortable than most High Street shoes. And all of these styes are under £50....
7. SHOW OFF YOUR SHOULDERS
|Top: £28, Asos. Jeans: £38, Asos. Shoes: £38, Next. Bag: £350, Sophie Hulme|
It's the style of the summer, and the ideal affordable piece to update your summer wardrobe. I have in numerous forms and styles and look just as good with your denim shorts, as with a long flowing skirt for the evening.
|Dress: Asos (sold out but buy the top version here)|