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Capsule Holiday Wardrobe Tips

Capsule Holiday Wardrobe Essentials

Think realistically about what you'll spend your time doing whilst away, if sightseeing and shopping are more your thing, you won't be needing a different swimsuit for each day; but if yours is a beach by day and bar by night type escape, focus on poolside glamour and statement accessories to style yourself up for evening cocktails.


When on holiday you don't want to waste time thinking about what to wear with what so stick to a simple and complimentary colour palette with one or two accent colours for the most efficient wardrobe which will offer endless outfit combinations. Try navy, white and tan with orange and aqua accents for example. Ensure every item of clothing you pack can feature in at least 3 outfit combinations; remember our mood changes and what we think we'll want to wear may be different once we're there so ensuring the pieces you take can be worn in different outfits will give you more options.

Key pieces

A selection of basic vests and tops and some tops with detail can be worn with denim or chino shorts and flat sandals for sightseeing and the same shorts or a printed skirt and wedges or heels for evening. Meanwhile a long sleeve shirt or blouse will offer an alternative look as well as good arm coverage and can easily be dressed up and down in the same way.

Kimono style tops can take the place of a cardigan as a flowing, lightweight top layer for day to night dressing, look for a simple style to ensure it will work with most of your outfits.

An off the shoulder cotton tunic dress will keep you cool and ticks the boxes for beach cover-up when worn with flip flops and also dinner outfit teamed with wedge sandals and a clutch bag. Another multi-tasking piece is the maxi dress which can be accessorised for any holiday occasion. If you're keen to try something different a jumpsuit will work just as well to take the place of a maxi dress and printed trousers will add another option to pair with your basic tops for cooler evenings. Image from Yumi.


If you're heading for the sun it's important to take time before jetting off to get your swimwear just right. Find a style - whether a killer one-piece or mix and match separates - that is supportive and comfortable while also flattering for your figure. Don't be afraid of colour and print and don't rush to buy at the last minute or you'll choose something you regret and dread heading poolside each day.


It goes without saying that sunglasses are a summertime essential but when it comes to accessories be sure to pack more than just your shades to give your holiday style a polished finish. With a capsule wardrobe designed to mix and match outfits in a simple colour palette, look to your accessories to inject some sparkle, colour and fun into your style.

Cuffs and bangles can be worn alone during the day or stacked for a glam evening look and pack easily in your case to fill in the gaps. Take a couple of necklaces to add interest to your day to night outfits; a long pendant necklace or two can be layered up or worn alone for a relaxed feel while a statement necklace will add the ‘wow' factor to an otherwise simple outfit and dress it up for evening.

A skinny belt can change the shape of a simple tunic or maxi dress in an instant from loose and beachy to nipped-in and dressy so pack one or two: one bright coloured and one metallic. They take up minimal space in your bag and can completely change a look.

Roll up a large but lightweight scarf to tuck into a gap in your case (or roll your jewellery inside to keep it knot-free) and wear another for travelling. Use as a pillow or blanket on the flight, as a beach cover-up or to shield your shoulders while walking in the sun or after dark as an extra layer and alternative to the kimono.

Look for a bag that's big enough for the essentials (phone, purse, room key, lippie) with a detachable strap for cross body sightseeing during the day and as a clutch for evening. Embrace colour, texture and print to add a bit of fun to your holiday looks.

A practical and foldable large tote or beach bag is a must so choose a bag which can be worn with everything for ultimate versatility. On the subject of practical accessories, a hat is another essential and whatever your preferred style, how you pack your headwear is key; fill with rolled up vests or your scarf and lay with the brim side up in a gap between clothes to retain its shape.


With shoes taking up more space (and weight) in your case than any other item in your holiday wardrobe, footwear should be carefully considered to cover all bases to maximise versatility. If your favourite pair of statement sandals will only work with one outfit, ditch them now. Well, just until you're back home again! Instead, neutral-toned shoes are your ideal holiday companion for multiple use but neutral doesn't have to mean boring. Look for textured finishes in lighter hues or classic tan leather for daytime. Treat metallic shoes as neutral because they can be worn with any colour and print yet add another element of interest to your outfits.

While silver and gold are natural options for evening footwear, don't shy away from flat metallic sandals for daytime too, adding a luxe edge to poolside chic. Along with your flat sandal or pool slider, pack a pair of wedge sandalsand some dressy heels for dinner and drinks.

And finally...

Go one step further and take quick snaps on your phone of different outfit combinations as you pack for easy reference while you're away. It will save time and energy each day so there's more time for soaking up the sun and sipping cocktails!

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