It might have been a while since you felt the sun on your skin but things are slowly heating up, and we’re ready for a season of blue skies and beach days. There aren’t many things that can dampen our holiday spirit, but strict airport baggage allowances are certainly one of the biggest!
Picture this: you have to be at the airport in four hours, there are clothes everywhere, and you can’t for the life of you find your favourite swimsuit. Don’t worry! With our tips and tricks for packing the perfect holiday capsule wardrobe, plus our collection of holiday capsule wardrobe essentials, you can avoid the panic and overcome any packing problems.
Holiday Capsule Wardrobe Essentials
We know that summer doesn’t necessarily mean sunshine so, without some kind of psychic power, packing light can be tricky – particularly if you’re lucky enough to be away for longer than a week. Our tried-and-tested advice is to try and stick to these ratios for the perfect balance of beach-inspired style and effortless elegance.
3 tees and 2 long sleeved tops
1 or 2 wear-with-anything neutral cardigans or wraps
3 pairs of neutral coloured leggings, trousers or skirts
2 swimsuits or bikinis
2 lightweight throw-on-and-go dresses
1 pair of shorts
With a limited selection and less space to work with, the patterns, prints and colours you choose are more important then ever. Save your brighter colours for your statement-making swimwear, dresses and t-shirts, and keep your cover-ups and basics in cool neutrals that will go with anything.
When it comes to sunny escapes and suitcases, the key to effortless style and easy packing is lightweight fabrics. They’ll keep you cool and comfortable in the sunshine, they’re easy to layer on cooler days, and most importantly, they’re ready to roll! Rather than folding and stacking, rolling your clothes will save surprising amounts of space and allow you to carry a smaller case, or capsule if you will! You’re aiming for 3 equal sized, sausage-shaped rows in your case.
Roll one – lay out your tops and dresses, one on top of the other, and roll them up tight. If you’re taking anything that’s particularly prone to creases, keep this on the outside so they’re padded out by the more wrinkle-resistant pieces in the centre.
Roll two – Do the same with your skirts, trousers and shorts. Again, keep your low-maintenance leggings and jersey styles on the inside, and linen and chinos on the outside.
Roll three – Repeat the same process with swimwear, cardigans, wraps and scarves, keeping your swimwear in bundles in the centre.
Now you know how to pack your holiday capsule, all that’s left to do is choose what to pack!
Women’s Holiday Tops
When it comes to women’s holiday tops, we’ve got one or two tricks up our sleeves. The holiday t-shirts you take with you need to be as versatile as they are stylish – they’ll be the styles you turn to to throw on over your swimsuit and shorts, or they’ll become the cornerstone of your evening outfits. The essentials range of T-shirts from Emreco fits the bill – a range of easy wear tees across ten styles and ten colours.
They’re the perfect opportunity to add a pop of colour to your outfit, so don’t shy away from summery tropical florals or seaside-inspired stripes. We love stripes! Our burn out printed tops are the perfect piece to pop in the centre of your ‘tops and dresses roll’, and with a round neck and short sleeves, they’ll keep things cool, comfortable and casual on long days in the sun.
If you’re jet-setting off to sunnier climes, don’t look any further than our printed culotte jumpsuit. As breathable and breezy as it is easy to care for, Once you’ve worn it once you’ll want to wear it all summer long.
For a top that will whisk you from the water straight to the poolside bar, consider our pretty floral linen top. The lace trim keeps things ladylike, but the relaxed fit and cap sleeves make it a perfect partner for leggings, skirts and trousers alike.
Holiday Skirts and Dresses
It’s essential in our experience to have a summer dress that looks as elegant as it is effortless. A flattering dress in an ethnic print will take up minimal space in your holiday capsule wardrobe, and with a few simple accessories, it will see you through everything from days out sightseeing to smarter occasions once the sun has set. Add our dress topper as it gets cooler.
Sun, sea and sandals!
If you’re not careful and clever about how you pack, shoes can be the straw that breaks the baggage allowance’s back! But don’t worry – you need less than you think. If you’re flying off in search of sun. sand and sea, you only need 3 styles of sandals – maximum!
· Flip Flops
We all know the importance of the irreplaceable flip-flop in a holiday case but in recent years, sandals have gone through a real style renaissance, taking their reputation as a holiday must-have and updating them into elegant styles that wouldn’t be out of place at a summer wedding!
With sequins, beads and sparkles aplenty, a pair of embellished sandals deserves pride of place in your suitcase. Meanwhile, a pair of heels (or wedges, because let’s be honest, they’re just so comfy!) solves that day-to-night dilemma in one simple step.
So now that you’ve compiled your holiday capsule wardrobe packing list, and you’re confident you’ve got our techniques down, all that’s left to do is to stop off at our Holiday Shop. You’ll find all the brights, basics and complete holiday outfits for women you could possibly need. Now…where did you put your passport!?