Friday, 2 June 2017

Packing outfits for a summer holiday

"I'm going on a trip and need 4 outfits, I've packed 35 just to be safe."
Anon



The normal statement that most people make when it comes to packing for holiday is "I hate packing" do I agree with this? nope, and let me tell you why.

First of all, I love planning outfits, collecting all the holiday paraphernalia, and generally building the holiday hype. Second, I am not allowed to pack the suitcases, this is strictly my husband's job which he will not let me touch. As a regular traveller, he has a particular routine that I am not allowed to interfere with. Fine by me. Fold or roll? don't have a clue, ask the husband,

So that just leaves me to get my summer gear out and plan what exactly I need to take with me. Most holidays, I totally over do it, well and truly embracing "just in case" this time however, I feel like I have streamlined my selection.

What do I plan to take? let's have a nosey

Shoes

I am only taking two pairs - two flat pairs that is, no heels. I always pack a pair or two of heels but never end up wearing them and instead stick with a sandal. So this time I am only taking a pair of open toed sandals and a pair of espadrilles. 
For sandals, I am taking these Dune ones from last year (which I actually found in TKmaxx) and the espadrilles from Gucci - which I think would be good for travel too.


Dresses

Two dresses, one long and blue, one short and red! both floaty and perfect for the heat. I love both of these dresses and I will more than likely end up wearing them a lot. I am yet to wear the blue (Zara) as I have saved it for holiday, the red however (H&M) have already had a few outings. 



Tops

Six tops, a mixture of patterned statement tops and plain to match up with other items. I normally over do the tops so I feel I have done pretty well here! I particularly like the H&M pineapple tee and the plain blue Primark top.


Shorts

Every year I bring out these white Karen Millen shorts - a standard summer pair that comes out every year! then of course a pair of denim shorts which will be easy to put on over a cozzi. I bought a new pair too, a bright stripey knitted pair which I loved when I saw them online - when they arrived however, I had a mini panic attack about the size. Look how small they are! luckily they stretch - a lot.



Travel outfits

A pair of comfy bottoms is definitely needed for travel! especially as we are leaving early in the morning. I have a pair of M&S linen mix trousers which do the job nicely! I am going to pair that with a tee, denim jacket and my Gucci espadrilles. For the return. I have a maxi dress from Oasis (last year) again with a denim jacket and Gucci's - comfort is King.



Skirts & Trousers

One white skirt from Hush, quite a versatile piece which can be dressed up or down - and the silver trousers! which I am yet to wear but I can't wait to pair them with some brights! Being a tad on the short side, these need taking up, a lot (rolls eyes)



Accessories

This is my downfall, my jewellery bag tends to get a bit on the heavy side. So much so that I usually have to end up taking it in my hand luggage in fear of us tipping the scales. Here is a selection of what I will be taking, but actually I am not going to add too much more. Statement earrings are where its at for me this year, I may add in the odd statement necklace too. One of my faves is the red tassel pair from H&M, but I am also looking forward to wearing the long gold chain - which I think will look good with swimwear. 

Then of course I need some sunnies (well I bloody hope so!) and also my usual summer floppy hat, although it's gone a bit too floppy. I have a pina colada hazed memory of it ending up in the pool last time and then being left on the side to air like a sun dried tomato. So I may need to make an emergency hat purchase, or just wait and buy a special Spanish one, what do you reckon?

Bags

Just two bags, OK that's a lie, there is also a beach bag or two - but they don't count because they will end up being baby bags, husband bags, anyone who has loose stuff and wants to shove it somewhere bags. This post is about outfits, so I will stick to the two that are just for me. First of all, this pink raffia bag with bamboo handles that I got in a charity shop for three quid! I was so happy when I found this gem. On the other end of the scale, I am taking my Chanel WOC, y'know for those special nights out. For my carry on, I think it is going to be the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, simply because it is so easy to chuck everything in (and like I said above it will be everyone's stuff!) 



Beach wear

I bought a few new bits this year, mainly because I threw out all my bikinis in a huff post baby. I saw this black cozzi (above) in H&M, tried it on and thought "I don't look too horrendous so that's the one." Combine that with a long black cover up and I am well sorted for beach "I'm allergic to sand" hiding. Having said that, the cover up is actually nice and floaty, can be dressed up a bit, plus it will go with anything.



Did I do well for a week in Spain? I think so, defo have room for the emergency last minute pair of platforms..... Where's the beauty goodies I hear you ask? well that's a whole other case, a whole other post. 

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