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!
|Top: Zara (sold out but similar here). Skirt: £32, Asos. Bracelet: £125, Astley Clarke. Sandals: £38, Next. Bag: £350, Sophie Hulme|
I packed only black, white and denim clothing for my trip. And just one red jumper (which went with said black, white and denim clothes). That way, everything always matched and was totally interchangeable.
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|
2. AND OTHER STORIES IS YOUR GO-TO HOLIDAY STORE
|Bikini top, £19, & Other Stories. Scallop edged shorts: £39, & Other Stories|
|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.|
|Denim jacket: J Crew (sold out but buy similar from Mango here). Jumpsuit: H&M (sold out). Birkenstocks: £49.50, Asos|
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 email@example.com to reserve one before their July launch)|
6. NEXT DO AMAZING HOLIDAY SHOES
|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|
|Dress: Asos (sold out but buy the top version here)|