THE ART OF PACKING IS REAL!

If you beauts have been following along on Instagram & Insta stories you’ll have seen that the other week I was in a tiny area of Greece for a little break away. I’m super excited to share my vlog and lookbook with you guys over on my YouTube channel, which got me thinking all about my holiday wardrobe and packing habits. Over the years I’ve learnt (kind of 😉 ) to whittle down my holiday wardrobe to a capsule collection of pieces that all work together, saving serious time and extra baggage charges! 

We took these snaps on our break away to Benidorm with the beautiful people at Jet2 (you can catch the vlog here! and my travel guide!) and I now feel like I’ve become some what of a connoisseur of packing pieces that I get loads of wear out of. After all, there’s nothing worse than lugging around a huge suitcase full of things you never end up wearing! Hear I’m sharing what I’ve learnt from experience when it comes to packing light and efficiently, meaning you can get the most out of your holiday wardrobe, whatever your destination!

SHIRTS ARE A GALS BEST FRIEND

 

Seriously, when comes an occasion whereby one cannot rock a sassy shirt? Come rain, shine or even snow, packing a few shirts can never go amiss. They’re the most hard working pieces in my wardrobe, whatever country I’m in and for good reason! My personal fave for holidays are light, cottony materials and oversized, making them easy to chuck over a ‘kini and keep you cool (like I’ve done here!) Alternatively, fab for tucking into denim shorts or jeans for a city mini break or layering under some knitwear for a ski season. There, didn’t I tell you they could work for all occasions? 😉

PICK KEY & VERSATILE ACCESSORIES

I‘m a bag and shoe girl at heart, particularly shoes – damnit why can’t I stop buying shoes?! The thing is, yes they lift an outfit, can spice up something otherwise boring but they’re also heavy and take up a tonne of room! I have to be super strict with shoes (I still ended up taking 7 pairs on a 3 day trip…) and for Greece I decided to really whittle it down and save some space! 2 handbags are suffice – a small cross body and a rucksack or big, beach bag for long days. For summer and warm hols, I highly suggest a rope bag – folds up to nothing and enabled me to take 3 without the hefty suitcase!

When it comes to shoes – you do have to be sensible sometimes (begrudgingly) and think what you’re doing on holiday and what is going to practically get you through the day. In Spain, I knew we would be very active so trainers were a must. I rarely take anything above a thick, block or kitten heel on holiday anymore – purely because I’ve packed high heels too many times and completely ditched them in favour of something more comfortable! Keep it varied so you’re catered for all occasions – trainers, maybe ankle boots, slides and a pretty pair of sandals for evening (these were perfect!) and you’re sorted!

LAY EVERYTHING OUT BEFORE YOU GO,SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE PALETTE AND ENSURE EVERYTHING COMPLIMENTS EACHTOHER

The key to making the most out of your holiday wardrobe is to essentially capsulise it – making every, single item work together with one another, so no matter how you pair them, it just works. Pack your staples, some denim, comfy, basic tees, a leather jacket and then chuck in some new season pieces to mix it up. I want to be comfortable and relaxed on holiday, so usually opt for oversized and flowing silhouettes.

As much as I like to pretend I’d rock that sexy, skin tight dress I’d probably choose a bellowing maxi over it any day. Laying everything out before you pack is a great way to see if anything looks out of place, I always question something if it won’t work with the rest of my items – is it worth taking? When I’m in holiday mode, I like to wake up, chuck an ensemble on and get on with my day – not stress over what to wear! Make it easy on yourselves and do the prep beforehand! (Pinterest is bloody marvellous too for outfit inspo!)

 

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I hope you loves found this helpful, whether you’re jetting off within the next few months, away on a little mini break or just grabbing some inspo for next year! I’d love to know your tips for holiday packing and how you work your wardrobe to the max!

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Photography by Emma from The Emaspher

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