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If you arrive at your destination and find nothing in your bag matches anything else and you end up wearing 20% of your holiday clothes 80% of the time, it might be time to take some holiday style advice from Personal Best.
I used to dread packing for summer holidays. I could pack a bag of toiletries in a flash, but I’d agonise for hours (days, even) over what clothes, shoes and accessories to take and I always ended up stuffing my suitcase full of shoes and a few clothes “just in case” and hoped for the best when my luggage was weighed at the airport.
But I’ve learned to mix and match summer staples, that I can use year after year, with each season’s trend pieces, quickly changing a look by adding beads, a scarf, or jewelled flats.
You too can have an up-to-date yet varied look on holiday, even though you’ll have learned to pack less.
Stick to this simple guide to avoid a summer holiday packing nightmare
Choose items from your colour pattern, such as a base of browns and neutrals with splashes of teal or pink to ensure everything you pack will mix and match
If you keep your choices complimentary to your colour swatch everything will work together, making it look as though you brought more with you than you actually did!
Pile everything you want to take with you on the bed - then halve it! Select the items you definitely need (underwear, bikini, shorts, t-shirts etc) and allow yourself two complete outfits from the remainder
Accessories are a light-weight and cost-effective way to create different looks and can easily take an outfit from day to night
Pack a spare set of underwear in your hand luggage in case your ! bags don’t arrive at the same time as you do
Get rid of any heavy items or high heeled shoes - you probably won’t miss them and pretty flats are perfect day and night in hot climates
Buy travel sized containers of toiletries - they take less room and weigh less than standard packs
Perfume can be too heavy in humid climates - light scented moisturiser is more refreshing and kinder to your skin
Remember to pack lots of sunscreen, good books and your iPod
Pack like a celebrity
•A Pashmina, Wrap, Cardigan or Denim jacket
Stylish, effortlessly chic and practical, use as a neutral coloured cover-up when the air conditioning on the plane gets too cool, or when out and about in the evening. Any one will pack neatly into your suitcase or hand luggage and won’t crease.
•Shorts, Capri pants and Skirts
Tailored shorts are always stylish, and a cuffed pair of shorts or a pretty mini skirt will take you from the beach to the shops and show off your tanned legs.
•A Beach dress or Jumpsuit
These make perfect holiday wear as they can be worn at the beach with flip flops or dressed up at night with wedges or jewelled flats, beads or a scarf.
•A Maxi Dress
A maxi dress can be rolled up in your suitcase ready to be dressed up with bold accessories and wedges in the evening or dressed down with flip flops and a large beach bag for a casual look during the day.
•A Kaftan
The ultimate in versatile holiday wear, a kaftan suits all shapes and sizes, offers light protection from the sun, looks gorgeous over a swimsuit, and can be teamed with shorts, a belt, beads and flats or fabric wedges in the evening.
•Flip Flops, Jewelled or Metallic Flats, Gladiator Sandals or Wedges
Footwear can take up a lot of space in your suitcase, so stick to the essential and most comfortable pairs.
Flip flops are great during the day - they are comfortable, cool and available in a multitude of colours. Jewelled or metallic flats will go with everything and will give you a chic, relaxed daytime look, or can dress up your evening look.
•Trousers or Jeans
Linen trousers are ideal for travelling in, covering up in unpredictable weather, or for keeping cool in hot weather.
For those dismal or rainy days, a pair of crop pants or jeans that you can roll up may come in handy - a flattering look when worn with a wedge shoe.
•Tops, Vests and Camisoles
Keep tops simple to mix and match with your various trousers, shorts and skirts. Stripy Breton style tops always look chic, or maybe try a coloured cami with lace or ruching to add interest to your look. Two or three should be enough.
•Swimsuits and bikini’s
There’s nothing worse than getting into a wet swimsuit, so it’s a good idea to pack a selection to choose from each day.
Medium to dark solid colours, medium sized repeat prints and matt fabrics are the most slimming.
•Essential Accessories
Glam up your look anytime by the pool or at the airport with large sunglasses. They are perfect for hiding the results of one too many cocktails too.
Carry your handbag as hand luggage, pack a canvas beach bag and a clutch to match your jewellery or shoes for evenings.
A hat is essential and should be worn at all times to prevent sun damage to your skin.
Silk scarves can double up as head scarves by the pool or beach, and can be used as a neck scarf or belt in the evening.
Wooden bangles and chunky beads always look great.

  

If you’ve found my tips for packing your holiday suitcase helpful I’d love to hear from you - if you need more information about selecting your swimsuit or any other holiday item that will work best for you Personal Best is here to help you work through the confusion and look fabulous all the time.
Please share this link with your friends so that they too can pack like a celebrity and avoid that sinking feeling at check-in.

As always
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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Timbuktu wrote Jul 11, 2010
    • You clearly go on very different sorts  of holidays to me. Packing for me is never an issue - trousers, tops, walking shoes sandals and a few essentials. No accessories or evening outfits. You don’t need a lot when you go places like .... well Timbuktu!

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Personalbest wrote Jul 11, 2010
    • I’ve been there and done that too, but not everyone is so adventurous. Lots of people live for their beach or pool holiday in the summer and spend a lot of time preparing for it to ensure it is perfect. If I can make a difference to their day then I have done a good job.happy



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