Last week I was surprised with a small feature in Look magazine’s “What to Wear from Beach to Bar” article. And it reminded me that the summer holidays are coming. Excitement is in the air for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. But what do we pack?
Probably have enough clothes. But the shops have gone into sale. Will there be anything left? Have I bought all the right clothes I’ll need (want, desire covet? same thing?)? Panic sets in. Don’t want to get to December (or even August) and feel like I haven’t got it all covered.
This year I am lucky enough to go on two summer holidays. Two very different summer holidays. One will be camping for three weeks in Europe. But I like to glide (stumble, trip) out of my tent looking effortlessly glamorous, albeit slightly creased and disheveled from the lack of a memory foam mattress and silk pillows (don’t actually have those at home either, to be fair). And hangers. And an iron (don’t really do that either). The other holiday is for a few weeks in Cape Town. Over Christmas. When there will definitely be nothing in the shops for sunshine, beaches and wine estate lunches. So prepare I must.
Our car for camping is as overloaded as a bus filled with 50 families going on a religious pilgrimage for a year. With more shit in it than you can possibly imagine we’d need. Cut back? No way. Even my Nutribullet goes. Leaving me with fairly limited space for clothing and shoes. But then, at Christmas, I have 60kg luggage space. Yes, I know it’s 20kg, but there are four of us. They have 20 between them, I have the rest.
And so, amidst the mayhem of the July sales, I have put together a frantic final summer wish list, which covers all the basic summer items do I not want to miss out on before the sales obliterate all summer stock and the autumn clothes start arriving in store. Before I’ve even had one of my two holidays this year.
First on my list is a white blouse to go with everything. Something with a little detail to add newness to your wardrobe, at the same time being able to wear it with all those skirts, trousers and shorts you already have.
There are plenty of beautiful embroidered and patterned tops out there, but I am sticking with plain white for it’s versatility. By December I might not like the colourful patterns or embroideries anymore, but any of these white tops will work well with anything I pack for the holiday later in the year too. I ordered the blouse from Shein and have added my review in the comments.
I have many pairs of shorts, but for this year’s two holidays, I would like to make sure that I have high waisted belted shorts in white, neutral or light stripes.
My holiday pack will certainly include a few skirts, but I am making sure that there will be a white skirt in my core holiday pack. Probably not the brightest idea with kids and chocolate ice-cream, but I’ll take my chances (and make them stay the hell away from me).
Worn with the pretty white blouse, a white skirt will easily look like it’s a dress, but give you the opportunity to mix and match your skirt with other bright or striped tops too.
Wedge espadrilles of course! It will be the only heels I pack, so this is the natural choice if you don’t want to pack 30 pairs of shoes (which is easily done if you’re away for 3 weeks).
So in all honesty, I probably have enough dresses and jumpsuits not to worry that I’ll come short on holiday, but it doesn’t hurt to add a few more. Because, before we know it, the shops will be filled with winter tones and prints.
Who cannot see themselves flouncing around in this dress on any holiday? Beach, bar, restaurant and sightseeing. And it only costs £18. I ordered this dress from Shein and have added my review in the comments.
I already have my bag as featured in Look Magazine (3 July), but everyone should have one for their holiday (or just the summer in fact), so get one quickly if you haven’t already. Other than being the super trend of bags at the moment, it’s also undeniably useful when you’re out an about and pop into your supermarket unexpectedly without any shopping bags. Not to mention picnics. So I’m putting my hands up and saying, loving this trend. Functional and pretty.
Not sure you will be able to find the exact bag that is shown in Look and on my Instagram feed, but I have found plenty of good substitutes that tick those boxes.
Of course I’ll be adding some brighter tops and beach cover-ups and sandals when the times come, but these are the key pieces I do not want to be without when my summer holidays arrive.