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

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.



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 –



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.

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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