Back in June, when we'd had three months of lockdown, it felt like the prospect of a holiday was completely out of the question. Now, however, deep into July and almost August, it's a different situation thanks to air bridges with several European countries. Of course, holidays won't be on the cards for everyone right now, so it's worth noting that just because many have decided to go away, it's okay if you're not. But if you have managed to wrangle that plane ticket and are about to go to warmer climes or are packing for a trip closer to home within the UK, then allow us to be the fashion guidebook on what to pack for your holiday.
Putting together a sunny holiday packing list might sound tiresome, but for a stress-free vacay, especially when you need to travel with your own mask and hand sanitiser right now, you've got to do it. A tried-and-tested formula of interchangeable pieces that actually work (rather than remaining in a creased pile at the bottom of your case) and are effortless will put the pleasure into packing.
There are so many decisions to make on what to put on your travel outfit checklist. For example, which sandals should you pack? What accessories are the best to take?
So we canvassed our team to create the ultimate edit—from dresses that will work across a variety of occasions to the all-important jeans that you can fly and sightsee in. Debating over that cashmere jumper for the flight? Do it. Ditto for the travel bag that will double up as a beach bag. Every item in this guide is versatile enough to be worn more than once (meaning that if you choose to invest in some high-end pieces, you needn't feel guilty).
For obvious reasons, you're going to need a couple of T-shirts. Stick to two colours—preferably muted tones like black, white, navy, grey or stripes. You can then wear these under a jumpsuit, with a slip dress or with flowy trousers.
This is your true multitasker. Want to wear a dress on your night out? Wear a slip dress. Want to go sightseeing? Wear a slip dress over a T-shirt. There is seriously nothing this item can't do (except for the actual packing, of course).