Wow ok, so I never thought so many of you would want to hear my tips on what to pack for your next Summer vacay. As mentioned on Insta, I packed the best (half) suitcase (I shared with Max) three years ago when we went to Europe for 3 weeks. I managed to put together so many different looks with the few pieces I had packed so thought I would share my wisdom.
A bit of a disclaimer: you all know by now that my colour palette is very simple and does not involve colour, so please feel free to substitute some of the items with colour i.e. add a printed top or a cami/tee in colour. (THAT IS NOT A LICENCE TO GO ROGUE ON ME) :)
Stripe tee x 1 - I love this Splendid option
Cotton Singlets (white, stripe and black) Bassike or James Perse are my fave.
Silk camisoles (black and white)- dressier for evening with your skirts or jeans with wedges or sandals (statement earrings if you want to be fancy). My personal faves are: Scanlan and Theodore or these Equipment Silk Camisoles
Printed Silk Cami/Cami's (can be worn at night/day with one of your skirts with either the wedge or flat sandals). I have found a few nice options for you. You may want to take a few as they're so light and you can mix and match with the bottoms I've listed below.
Denim Jacket/Chambray Shirt - for those chilly nights or days if traveling to cooler countries. I draped my chambray over my shoulders most nights.
Leather Jacket If traveling to Europe in September (England or France) wear it on the plane to save space
Denim Skirts or Shorts - whatever you’re comfortably in. Take light denim, white and black to coordinate with your top options.
Jeans (one pair light denim or black if going to cities rather than beachy towns)
Linen wrap dress or something similar (good for day and night) Flat sandals in the day and wedges at night. If cold you can throw on a denim jacket or leather jacket.
Printed Dress x 2 - which works with all shoe options (perhaps a polka dot wrap dress, striped or something in Leopard print). I've found a few options below. These can all be styled with all of your shoe options I have listed below! My personal fave is the white linen wrap dress below. This dress could take you from day to night - Superga Sneakers or Golden Gooses worn with a wedge, earrings and denim jacket for the evening. Hello Holiday Chic!
Cover ups or shirt dress which can be worn from café to beach or if you’re cool to a beach club.
If you’ve got the rig for it: a cute little black or white playsuit is cute too! Again this is a great Beach to Bar option. Wear it with your black sandals or gold/nude flat options.
Bathers of choice
Shoes are always the hardest thing to decide on as they take up the most room and weigh the most. But I believe the below options will cover most looks. (Keep in mind I packed all of this in half a suitcase as I shared with Max!)
1 x neutral (nude or tan) flat sandal - I also love gold as it goes with everything!
1 x Flat Black Sandal
1 x walking shoes which look cool with bottoms and even dresses. E.g. Superga and Golden Goose (linked below)
1 x Wedge (black or nude) - if you’re a heels person like me
1 x thongs/flip flops for beach/pool
1 x Sneakers if planning to workout properly overseas
Workout gear if you’re going to be working out.
Buy some washing powder so you can hand wash your tees. We managed to travel three weeks and just hand wash tees etc.
Accessories- statement earrings - great way to lift a classic outfit.
If you’re traveling with a black bag, pack a small nude clutch/nude cross body (The Daily Edited do a great nude and it’s the perfect size)
Day Outfit Options
◼️ White denim skirt, stripe cotton singlet (tucked in), gold/nude flat sandals or cool sneakers if walking a lot (if chilly throw on your chambray over your shoulders or denim jacket)
◼️Light denim skirt/short, white tee, black sandals and black cross body bag (accessorise with cool sunnies or even a headscarf in your pony to be EXTRA)
◼️ Black denim skirt, animal silk cami/white or black silk cami, superga walking shoes add cool sunglasses
◼️ Black linen wrap dress/ white wrap dress, superga sneakers or tan/gold sandals/slides. Add nude or black bag with sunglasses
Evening Outfit Ideas
◼️Black Denim skirt, white silk cami or white cotton singlet, black sandals and black bag (wedges if you’re a heels gal like me) Wear a bold lippy if you’re feeling too plain Jane
◼️White Denim skirt, black silk cami or printed cami, wedges and black bag