For those of you who know me or have read some of my past blogs- you will know that I am a planner….and an avid list-writer! Never is there more need to apply this approach than when you are preparing to do a successful holiday-pack!
Without wanting to generalise I am pretty sure it’s safe to presume that if you have little people in your life- their packing needs will be added to your To-Do list as well as packing up the house, writing the note to the milkman, remembering to lock all windows, turning off everything electrical, and remembering to bring every conceivable thing you think your 4 year old *might* need on a four hour flight (heaven help me if I forget something *crucial*…like ‘the blue marble’ (????))
So, because the mammoth list is soooooo long, I start the packing process two weeks before we go…. I kid you not. This may seem a little over cautious but there’s nothing like a good run up to ensure that everyone (i.e. ME – as I DO NOT work well under pressure) keeps their s*it together! (It also might have something to do with the fact I am pretty dyslexic- so it does take me a while to process the whole schbang of packing).
Statistics show that it can take us at least five hours to decide what to take on holiday. (Unless you are my husband who takes great delight in spending no more then a smug 10 minutes collecting his things together whilst muttering “It’s so easy…why all the fuss” and the realising once we are on holiday he only has one t-shirt, he’s forgotten his razor and the only pair of shorts he brought with him no longer fit!…no guessing who has the last laugh then!)
So, before you even dig out your suitcase you need to draw up a basic list. Write a column for every day of your trip and for each day write down what you might be doing (sightseeing, sporting activity or just relaxing). In each column write roughly what you are likely to wear. This will quickly show you that you can wear the same pair of trousers or skirt, for example, at least twice and that you can pack lighter than you think.
Begin with the basics
Your basics are those items that you will wear more than once such as a pair of trousers, a skirt and a jacket. Use your list to pick out these basic pieces and lay them out on your bed. You may want most of these basics to be neutral or a mix of neutral and colours, depending on your preferences.
When your selection is laid out on the bed you can work out different outfit combinations and therefore you will see which items will be the most versatile.
Along with the basics you should have a couple of cotton tops for daytime and two that you can wear day or night which should be something a little more ‘special’, perhaps with a little extra detail (such as lace, chiffon etc) that you can dress up or down. You most definitely want a couple of dresses in two different, fabulous colours and I would also add in a maxi dress too.
Capitalise on colour
Holidays are the perfect opportunity to really enjoy wearing colours as they always look more fabulous in sunnier weather and we’re under no limitations that we might have at home (weather / work dress codes / function). Don’t feel you have to be ‘matchy, matchy’, clashing colours and patterns can look fabulous and are bang on trend!
Some great colour combinations this season are orange and/or red + pink….. or purple + green / turquoise.
If clashing your clothes is a little too much for your taste, just bring strong colours in to your accessories. A great pair of green shoes and matching handbag and a chunky orange bangle will set off a neutral outfit beautifully. White can be a super neutral against a tan, but check whether you suit a bright bluish white or a softer creamy white against your skin.
The week beach holiday list
***Don’t pack anything unless it goes with at least 3 other items!***
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of cropped or soft palazzo trousers
- 1 pair of shorts (neutral)
- 1 skirt (neutral)
- 2 dresses (2 different colours)
- A crisp, white summer dress should be on everyone’s packing list as it’ll be your day-to-night number.
- 1 kaftan or maxi (colour-for beach or over trousers during the day)
- 2 daytime cotton tops/t-shirts (different colours)
- 2 smarter tops/t-shirts (different colours)
- 1 cotton strappy top (white or colour)
- 1 summer cardigan OR pashmina (either can be a neutral or a colour)
- 1 light summer jacket (neutral)
- 1 pair of flip flops (colour)
- 1 pair of comfortable shoes (e.g stylish trainers or ballet pumps in a good colour or a neutral)
- 1 pair of pretty sandals (neutral or a strong colour that matches or clashes well)
- 1 pair of heels (neutral or metallic or bold colour)
- 2 bathing suits/bikinis (in most flattering colours – lots of flesh on show for this one)
- 1 hat (good colour or neutral)
- 7 days of underwear
- 1 town/evening bag (matching/clashing well with colour shoes or neutral)
- 1 travel bag which can double up as a beach bag
Nails are important to complete the look so try to book in a full mani-pedi the day before you go. I also get a spray tan / or a DYI the night before so that I don’t feel too “white” on the first few days and am then tempted to go large on the sun-bathing and then regret it!! If you take a moisturiser with a small amount of self-tan in it with you, it will enhance any “glow” your skin gets whilst you are there.
Last tip – bit of an obvious one, but I always travel in my bulkiest/heaviest items to save on weight/space in the suitcase.
Have a wonderful holiday … !!
An Endorsed Guest Blog from Kate Evans
Kate has been a qualified Image Consultant and Life Coach for 13 years. Her friendly and relaxed approach as well as her understanding of styling means that she knows how to find clothes that truly fit people’s personalities, colouring, body shape and lifestyle. Not only will you look and feel better after a consultation with her, you’ll be able to shop more efficiently and get dressed in the morning without decision fatigue. The information she gives you about yourself really does last a lifetime!
Kate works from her studio in Dumbleton, but can do consultations via Skype, virtual shopping trips via Pinterest and will obviously travel to your home if needed.