The Pretty Dress Guide to Packing for a Beach Holiday
|Clockwise from top left: |
Jovonnista Playsuit | Mango Maxi Dress | Gap Maxi Dress
H&M Midi Dress | Zara | George | Topshop | Orion
It's surprising how much goes into packing for a holiday. I'm not one of those people who can just throw a few things in a bag and go, I like to plan.
Lets start with the shoes: One pair of trainers, one pair of nude-goes-with-everything heels, one pair of wedges, one pair of sandals and one pair of flip-flops. I nearly always end up sticking to sandals and flip-flops once I'm there, but I like to know I've got all the bases covered.
The easiest and best way to pack shoes is using a plastic carrier bag. I usually line the bottom of my suitcase with shoes and then pack smaller items around them, leaving a relatively flat surface for the clothes to lie on.
|Converse trainers from BrandAlley|
The next staple is the little white dress - dressed up with wedges for the evening or down with sandals in the day.
|Dress: Topshop | Wedges: ASOS|
I like outfits that can go from day to evening just by changing up the accessories. (Small hard-case clutches are great for hols as you can also use them for transporting jewellery - or anything else that might get damaged in transit). These are also some of my favourite combinations...
|Dress: Zara | Sandals: Oasis | Clutch: Next|
|Playsuit: Jovonnista | Shoes: H&M | Clutch: Textile Federation via ASOS|
At the beach I prefer light dresses that you can just throw on/off - maxi dresses are great but the best thing I ever bought, I got years ago from Orion. Their kimono dresses are incredibly light and the material doesn't wrinkle so they can be chucked in your beach bag with no fuss.
I love getting out on the water in a boat (motorboat that is... I can't sail but I like to pretend I can by looking the part) so I'm a big fan of breton stripe tops.
|Top: F&F | Shorts: Warehouse | Sandals: F&F|
And lastly: The Bikinis. I live in these things on holiday. You can never have too many right?
|Clockwise from top left: F&F | George | F&F | ASOS | South Beach via ASOS|