Your ticket to trendy travel
The globe trotting season has finally come around and, after the initial euphoria, we face the dreaded dilemma of what to pack for our much longed for summer getaway. Collating a chic and practical capsule wardrobe often proves difficult, especially with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so I hope my problem solving tips will help you travel in style.
Seasoned and budding fashionistas need as much space as possible to squeeze in the latest runway trends so it's imperative to travel with miniature beauty essentials such as Liz Earle's Mineral Sun cream and Evian's Facial Spray to keep your face and skin refreshed.
If you're going on a mini-break, you now have the good excuse to splurge on a classic holdall like this Barbour one. Those of you who need a long-haul suitcase, opt for our large hard-cased, durable Spinner suitcase. Designed in several colours, the Ruby is the most striking and channels this season's colour blocking trend.
Now you have the raw materials, what's a girl to pack? The bikini challenge can be daunting but we have an array of control swimwear in chic colour palettes. As many designers are paying homage to African and exotic prints, try our animal print side ruched swimsuit with reinforced panels and supportive fabric to carve a svelte silhouette. If you're looking for two-piece swimwear Ted Baker's Celino Padded Bikini and matching briefs are gorgeous in design and inspired by warmer climates.
Chic, coverage pieces that take you from beach to bar are essential for the vacation season. Floaty, feminine kaftans like Ghost's Sakura Yoko slip perfectly over a bikini as it has a relaxed shape and fit. Style with longline, brassy jewellery and Bertie's gladiator sandals for seaside dining.
It's key to pack a smart-casual dress or two for those emergency situations where you can't appear in your bikini. Choose an easy to wear maxi dress in a luxe, lightweight material like the Hobbs Bradwell afrocentric dress. Otherwise go for my personal favourite, the By Zoé Costa dress. The print pattern oozes Aztec allure and the versatile, figure skimming design means you can team it with a denim jacket or with a cream elegant blazer.
Accessorise with cork wedges such as Head Over Heels' sandals to add a bohemian edge to your ensemble, or wear our Collection WEEKEND stripe espadrilles to follow the pastel and nautical trend. These are mini-investments that you'll wear from summer to summer.
If your holiday is more urban explorer than poolside glamour, take more transition-trend items to ensure you stay comfortable whilst maintaining sartorial style. Simple sports luxe tops that you can team with denim cut offs or cargos like Kookai's Flouro trousers are ideal for a more adventurous getaway.
Staple accessories to keep inside your trusty beach bag or trendy, vintage inspired back pack include classic Ray Ban Aviators or for those of you inspired by Jackie O, try Prada's retro round Sunglasses. The über cool and ubiquitous Brazilian havaianas now come in a fun, feminine slimline design so pick up a pair as they complement any outfit.
Say hello to your favourite cocktail as your style stress is now officially over! Your bags are packed with a complete capsule collection and you can go away knowing you'll keep your fashion credibility intact. Bon voyage!