Thursday, October 03, 2013


With the sun long gone and no evidence of it returning any time soon, it is easy to start to feel a bit depressed. After all, once the summer tan has faded and everyone’s bundled up in thick coats and boots, battling through the wind and rain, it can feel as though there’s nothing to be excited about. That’s why it is such a good idea to take a holiday now – forget jetting off during the Great British heat wave and save your summer holiday for that back-to-school time of year when everything seems grey and miserable. Not only will it give you something to look forward to, you’ll also be the only one in the office with a tan, and let me tell you, that feels great.

So your flight’s booked and you’ve found a hotel for a bargain price (yet another advantage of holidaying after summer) – now it’s just a case of packing up your holiday wardrobe. Here is your guide to the packing essentials you will need for that late summer holiday.

It may seem odd to start with shoes, but as they tend to be the heaviest item in your suitcase, it’s a good idea to pack them first. You may find that you’re limited on the amount of luggage you can take, so to avoid feeling like you have to take every pair of shoes you own, here are your failsafe holiday styles.

-       Flip flops
Useful for beach holidays or simply for slipping on to walk down to the pool, flip flops also work well with just about any item of holiday clothing. For an on-trend look, opt for jewel embellished designs – you’ll then also be able to wear them at night, teamed with a maxi dress.
-       Wedges
When you’re in the heat, your feet tend to swell a little. For that reason, squeezing your feet into your highest heels may feel like a chore. Instead, take a pair of cute but comfy wedge heels – they’ll lengthen and slim your legs while keeping your feet blister free – win-win situation.
-       Pumps
You may wish to explore the surrounding city – did anyone say shopping trip? If so, you’ll need a pair of comfortable shoes that will protect your feet all day long. Pumps look cute – opt for a neon bright pair for a retro vibe or go pretty in pastel colours. You can team them with jersey skirts to keep the look feminine or with shorts for no-nonsense practicality – plus, all that walking around will tone your legs and allow them to develop a natural tan – I always knew shopping was magical.


No holiday is complete without a refreshing dip in the clear blue waters of the hotel pool. Step out in style in a stunning one-piece or opt for bikini separates. Curvy girls look great in bold prints while slimmer figures should opt for ruffles and textured designs for an ultra-feminine flattering look.

This sugary sweet allsorts one piece swimsuit from Missguided is a no brainer – super flattering no matter what your shape or size, it’ll boost poolside confidence no end. What’s more, you can team it with a pair of heels and a skater skirt and head straight from the pool to the bar – that’s the kind of suitcase space saving solution I like.

It’s likely that you’ll spend the majority of your holiday by the pool, so there’s no need to take wardrobe quantities of outfits. Make it easy for yourself by taking key pieces that can work for both day and night, and smokin’ hot mix and match combinations.

Both maxi and midi dresses are ideal for a holiday goddess look. Team them with flip flops for day and wedge heels for night; add a statement necklace and an edgy spiked bracelet and you’re sorted. Don’t forget that another advantage of holidaying later in the year is that you can pick up some great finds for a low cost in the summer sales. Look for pieces that will work both on holiday and back home. A cut out midi dress will double up as a night on the town outfit when you get back home – wear with wedges on holiday and heeled ankle boots for the murky UK weather – sorted.


Jewellery-wise, you can easily make a few key pieces work for every outfit. Metallics match with all colours so you can’t go wrong there – choose chunky statement pieces that complement your tan.

Don’t forget to pack your oversized sunnies as you’ll need them for cute boy spotting when you’re on the beach. A hat will shield your face from the sun, while sun cream with at least SPF30 is a must for any holiday abroad. Leave your straighteners at home and go au naturel on holiday – the combination of heat and pool water will give your hair natural-looking waves – just be sure to rinse out all of that hair-damaging chlorine at the end of the day. Oh and one last thing, take plenty of photos while you’re there.

What are your essential holiday items?


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