We are hopefully heading into Summer and the sun will finally make a continual appearance at some point! The team and I have been very busy in the run up to the summer season, with lots of fashion shows and events to produce.
My role as a regular model for ITV This Morning has also been very busy but enjoyable. I was invited to appear a few weeks ago, and the theme was holiday packing essentials, which in turn gave me the inspiration for this month’s fashion editorial for you the readers.
What can be more exciting than going on holiday? There’s nothing I love more than getting another stamp on my passport and exploring exciting new destinations and resorts whilst enjoying a well-earned break. However, I can tell you what I really, really don’t love…packing. And I’m sure you’d agree, right?
One of the most common mistakes made whilst getting ready for holiday is packing too much into your suitcase. Not only is it unnecessary to take so many clothes and accessories, but it can also cost you money if your suitcase ends up weighing more than your allocated luggage allowance.
First things first, decide whether you prefer a wheeled suitcase or a soft holdall bag. You may want to go for a smart understated style, whether it’s a case or a holdall in a block colour. Whichever option you go for, invest in a lightweight suitcase or bag – that way you have more weight to pack a bit more in. It’s also important to think about the type of holiday you are going on. Whether it’s beach, activity holidays, hot tropics, city breaks or sightseeing – adapt your wardrobe accordingly.
So to actual packing… Don’t pack light – Pack clever!
Think about what you will wear
Be ruthless with your clothing. Whatever clothes you think you’re going to need, get rid of at least a third. You’ll probably spend most of your time in swimwear anyway.
Embrace prints so that you can mix and match.
Don’t be too sensible
Stick to a colour palette of no more than three shades and you will then find that all your holiday wardrobe will work together.
Try to pack in outfits, it helps you to wear all of the clothes that you have packed.
Don’t pack things you would never wear at home and the same goes for towels, most resorts nowadays have towels.
Roll your clothes, don’t fold
This not only saves space, but it avoids creases.
Tuck underwear into the gaps and stick rolled up socks inside.
Always lay shoes in first and in pairs on the sides.
Keep jewellery to a minimum and pack in a pill boxes to keep it all tangle free.
Wherever feasible don’t pack anything that you can buy at the resort such as shampoo and conditioner.
Lay everything out, (a week before if possible!) even accessories and style up your outfits for each day and come up with a mini capsule holiday wardrobe. Wear your heaviest clothes to travel in, such as trousers and sweatshirts or jackets to keep you warm on cooler evenings.
The essential pieces you need in your capsule holiday wardrobe
A beach ready bag
Day and night dresses
A sheer blouse
Sandals that you can walk in all day and flip flops
Shorts of all lengths
Lightweight shirts for day/night
Linens – trousers/shirts
Footwear – sandals/trainers/flip flops
Sunglasses, caps and hats
Most of all enjoy your holiday without worrying about what to wear and don’t forget to pack the sunscreen!