Classic vest Boyfriend trouser Sleeveless maxi dress Edge to edge short cardigan Audrey cashmere sweater

Summer holidays, wherever they are, need a carefree wardrobe. Although we all take a lot of vacations we tend to grab last year’s holiday clothes and realise that they didn’t quite work as well as they might. We yearn for the warmth, freedom and – well, just a wonderful holiday, but to really bliss out we need the right kit.

We each have a different fashion style, which we can add to a basic plan. The hat, the sunnies, the bag. I like to add a touch of ethnic in the form of a Kaftan and beads to my mix.

Even after years of extensive travelling, I have often been disappointed with my fashion choices and worse envious of my better dressed sisters. So, yes, I do try it all on first and imagine to what and where I am going. All the items we take need to work with each other in different ways. Shabby doesn’t hack it. Better to have one pair of perfect pants that do day and night than 3 that are a bit ho hum.

Packing basics.

Dress - mid calf or longer T-shirt dress in black or cream - restaurant, over a cozzie, breakfast on the terrace etc. I get so much happiness out of this garment, I re-buy a version regularly.

Fine cotton or linen trousers - in black and or white, easy cut and shape, use for all of the above, Narrow, sexy pants that work for day and night.

Tops – t-shirts, vests and tops, in various neutral tones. From bare and strappy to loose and sleeved, your choice. A button through shirt is an essential for sightseeing, boating and all those casual sporty moments. A Kaftan top in crisp white is a fresh look for evenings, as well as the beach.

Cashmere - we usually need something warm, whether its Tuscany or Maine, so make it special. I know I’ve mentioned the Winser London Audrey sweater before, I wore mine in Cape Town 5 times, dinner – day – even on the beach, it was windy, and it looked so much better than just bringing any old warm thing.

Colour splash – something new, bright and right, could be a fine cardigan a pareo, a dress , top or swimsuit. Lemon, lime, pink, orange and bright blue are all on trend this Summer.

Ok so I know it’s more than five but we get the picture.

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