The holiday season is around the corner, and many of us will be looking forward to jetting off to warmer climates to soak up the sunshine. If you’re going away with your partner, we’ve put together some top styling tips for guys and girls to take the stress out of packing and ensure you look and feel incredible on your travels.
Creating a holiday capsule wardrobe
Creating a capsule wardrobe is a brilliant way to swerve excess baggage charges and avoid trying to negotiate busy airports with big, heavy cases in tow. If you’ve only got a cabin bag, or you’re limited in terms of weight or space, a capsule wardrobe is a must. Start with holiday essentials, such as plain tees, vests, shorts and either skirts and dresses or tailored shorts, chinos and lightweight jeans. Once you’ve got your everyday basics sorted, add some seasonal pieces to embrace new trends. This may include patterned co-ords, bright, printed shirts, statement-making dresses or on-trend swimwear.
The aim is to mix and match the pieces you have and add accessories to create a selection of looks. If you’ve got a black jersey midi dress, for example, you can wear it with a chuck-on, oversized shirt, flip-flops, a beach bag and shades for daytime. Add a pair of wedges, drop earrings, stacked bangles, a clutch bag and a tailored jacket or blazer for the evening. For the guys, dress down in a casual white tee and a pair of chino shorts with sliders. Add an open, short-sleeved shirt, smart pumps and a belt for dinner or drinks.
Dressing for comfort
We all want to look fabulous on our holidays, but it’s crucial to consider comfort too. When it’s hot and humid, for example, it’s best to avoid fabrics that cling to your skin or offer no give and to embrace outfits that give you the freedom to move. From a cool, casual Off-White T shirt with loose-fit jeans or shorts to linen trousers and lightweight shirts for men to cotton sundresses, kaftans and beach shirts for women, it’s important to make sure that you bear the conditions in mind. Comfort is also key when dressing for the airport, especially if you’re going on a long-haul flight.
Catering to the itinerary
We tend to think of summer holidays as resort or beach breaks in the sun, but there are lots of different places you can visit and activities to enjoy. When you’re shopping and putting outfits together, it’s wise to think about your itinerary. Will you be moving from the pool or the beach to bars and restaurants, are you going on a city break, or are you thinking about doing some cultural excursions or adrenaline-packed activities? You may need to think about taking layers for outdoor activities and packing comfortable shoes like trainers or pumps if you’re walking around cities or going hiking or cycling.
Holiday season is here and it’s time to think about what you’re going to pack. To take the stress out of getting organised for your trip, create a capsule wardrobe, dress from comfort and style and consider the weather and what you’ll be doing while you’re away. Mix basics with seasonal, statement-making pieces to create a versatile range of looks with minimal effort and choose clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident.