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Pack like the Fash-Pack

Written by Nicola Cupples

Women are at heart, practical creatures who like to feel prepared for every eventuality whilst away from home, which leaves them in somewhat of a dilemma when it comes to holiday packing! The key is to learn how to mix and match essential summer wardrobe staples that you can use year after year with this season's trendy key pieces to give you an up to date yet varied look.


If you’re limited in terms of luggage allowance, but you know you will need a good variety of outfits then work on achieving a great capsule holiday wardrobe. Good summer colours that can be smartened up or dressed down include stone, khaki, summer grey, all neutrals, white, navy, black and tan. Also choose a couple of accent colours such as sunrise red or canary yellow to mix and match with your basics. 


Maxi Dress or Maxi Caftan

The maxi dress has been on trend for the last few summers, and is back as a big trend for this year thank goodness! Buy a maxi in a colour that suits you and dress it up with bold accessories and wedges in the evening or with flip flops and a large beach bag for a more casual look. For small busts go for detail at the top such as frills, patterns or colour that will highlight your shoulders and fill out your smaller bust. Bustier ladies should choose dresses with more support built in to the top half in a v-neck style; halter necks can work well too.

Tunics, Caftans and Oversized Safari Shirts

These can double up as daywear over bikinis for by the pool; with shorts and oversized sunglasses for a glamorous day look or wear as a dress with wedges, oversized earrings and a metallic clutch for evening.

Black large frame sunglasses.

Glam up any look, day or night, by the pool or at the airport. Brilliant at hiding one too many cocktails the morning after! A guaranteed ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign by the pool! Well, it is your holiday after all!

The Silk Scarf

Pack one or two brightly coloured oversized square silk scarves which can double up as head scarves for by the pool (handy if your hair hates the heat), handkerchief tops with shorts, or even luxury belts! 

Your Favourite Belt

I like to take a couple of great belts on holiday with me. Usually a skinny, extra long belt that I can wrap around my waist a few times and a wider cinch style. This way you can turn sarongs or oversized shirts in to dresses.

Jewelled Sandals

These will glam up any beach or daytime look when you want to look chic yet relaxed by the pool. Choose metallic shades such as pewter, silver or gold that will go with everything so they can double up beautifully with floaty skirts and shorts in the evening. Metallics also look fabulous on bronzed legs!


For those shorter ladies, height is a must have, even on holiday. However stiletto heels can be agony when your feet swell not to mention can look, dare I say, tacky in a more relaxed holiday resort so for once leave the heels at home! Wedges look more relaxed and chic and are kinder to your feet in hotter climates.


Pile everything you want to take on to the bed first and then look to leave approximately half of that behind! 

Only take items which you can mix and match with others to achieve different looks with. Get rid of any heavy fabrics or high heeled shoes – you won’t wear them!

Add layers of tissue paper between your clothes to prevent creasing and to add a bit of luxury to your holiday wardrobe!