It's an accepted fact that holidays make everything seem so much better, from the pre-flight fry-up at the airport to the warm, flat beers on the beach. One thing I'm always happier with when I'm on holiday is my wardrobe—and that's not because I'm one of those people who buys 10 things before they go away. Even though I wear the same clothes, I dress better when I'm away.
I think the main reason I find getting ready from a suitcase so much easier is because unlike at home, I'm able to actually stick to a capsule wardrobe—I'm no Marie Kondo, but it really is easier to get dressed when you're working with 20 things instead of 100. It's also an occasion to be playful and wear the things you normally keep tucked away.
This summer, I'm hoping to replicate this holiday feeling back in London, being a little braver with colour and print, and fashioning my own capsule summer city wardrobe. Keep scrolling to see the five ways I'm going to bring this summer holiday feeling to my home wardrobe.
1. Dressing for the Location
On holiday we are all guilty of dressing for the backdrop—in France, it's basket bags and Bretons; Italy silk scarves and La Dolce Vita prints. This literal situation dressing only ever seems to happen on trips; however there's something to be said for really paying attention to your diary and dressing for locations.
2. Go-With-Everything Accessories
On holiday, I only ever bring one or two handbags with me, plus jewellery I can wear for the entire week—sometimes when it comes to accessories, nothing beats those wear-with-everything classics, showing these are worth investing in.
3. Feel-Good Colourful Prints
Holiday wardrobes are typically brighter and more colourful, with jazzy prints and bold colour palettes; however, the high street is awash with things you can wear back home too.
4. Throw-On Summer Dresses
On holidays, I never want to spend too long getting ready when I can be out exploring, so the throw-on summer dress is my number one staple. Last month when I travelled to L.A., I took seven dresses, and no skirts, tops or trousers. It made getting dressed so much easier—these will work at home with sandals on a good day, and boots and tights on a bad one.
5. Seaside Touches
You might not be able to get away with a sarong and flip-flops in the office; however, this summer's shell trend lets you easily bring the beach home with you, whether that's with a starfish print like the Rixo dress I'm wearing above or a gold shell necklace.
For more summer shopping, see our guide to the best Zara items of 2018.