Can you believe that the school summer holidays are nearly here? I love this time of year because it means… holiday shopping! I know, any excuse for shopping, but this one’s an important one: there are shorts and sandals and swimwear to be bought and you know what it’s like: blink and they’re all sold out! With this in mind (and because many stores have just started their sales), I’ve decided to put together a few tips to help you to simplify both the shopping and packing processes.
The perfect summer sandals
Every year I strive to find the perfect pair of summer sandals. They need to look great with practically any outfit, and the perfect pair will look great with shorts or jeans as well as with a skirt or dress. They are also ideal for wearing on the beach. Right now, there’s loads of choice for strappy sandals for your holiday – most of them are relatively flat, which is especially good if you are planning to do a bit of sightseeing, but you don’t want them too flat (ie flipflop kind of flat), because then they’re uncomfortable to walk in for any period of time. Importantly this type of sandal doesn’t take up much room in your case. I tend to have a few little cotton bags to slip shoes into before I’m packing, so they don’t catch on my clothes or make them dirty.
Dress for success (see what I did there?)
I find that my holiday suitcase contains more and more simple dresses. They’re ideal for holiday dressing: cool and loose when it’s boiling hot, and smart enough to take you from day to evening. I love a maxi style dress for a boho feel (stick to something plain and add some statement earrings and a gorgeous basket) and I’m currently obsessed with denim shirt dresses: they go with absolutely anything and can be rolled up and popped into your suitcase so easily.
Skirts and shorts
I’ve never really been a huge fan of skirts, but I’ve seen so many lovely ones on other people, I’m starting to come around to the idea. The maxi (again) looks fab teamed with a simple tee (slogan optional) and sandals, and denim shorts are an absolute holiday staple. My top tip? Buy a size larger than you are and wear them baggy: they’re so much more flattering. If you’re really not a shorts person, a simple denim skirt is easy and stylish, I’m actually oving the 70s midi ones at the moment, especially with the buttons right down the front.
If you do opt to pack a couple of skirts you are going to need tops to go with them. You only really need two or three, especially if you are willing to wash as you go. Logo tees are really the top of the summer, and this year’s cold shoulder styles are ideal for a summer holiday. Don’t forget a long sleeved, loose shirt, perfect both as a cover up on the beach, and to slip on over the top of a t-shirt if you’re at the mercy of some fierce air conditioning in a restaurant.
Fitting it all in
I’m afraid I’m a folder, not a roller (unless it’s denim). A lot of successful packing is often to choose the right fabrics in the first place, and if you do insist on taking a cotton shirt, hanging it in the bathroom while you shower, or on a humid holiday balcony will stop you having to break out the hotel room ironing board. For further packing tips, I absolutely love Alex at The Frugality’s guide to packing. I’ve always followed her tips about colour scheming (mostly monochrome with a touch of colour) and prioritising flats.