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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter holiday sea escape packing how-to

Whenever I have to pack for a holiday, however long and to whatever destination, I always start by picturing in my mind what kind of girl I want to be. Once I've pictured "her" it is so much easier to pack and my suitcase instantly becomes a cohesive capsule wardrobe. I then proceed by considering the location, the length of the stay and what I will be doing. I lay everything on my bed divided in day and night outfits, followed by essentials (underwear, nightwear) and finished off with shoes. I am often cold, so I always make sure I have all weather options: this could be as simple as packing tights/closed toe shoes/jacket/jumper to go with your outfit. Beauty case and make up are always the last ones to go in, followed by techie stuff and neatly re-arranged handbag (I don't need my work pass on holiday!)

For this three night holiday to the sea in the UK, my inspiration was this J.Crew girl: cool, relaxed, stylish but realistic. I will be taking walks on the beach with my daughter and friends so I need a wardrobe of easy staples that I can mix and match, whatever the weather. I've gone off trilby's and now prefer a slouchier hat, if I will get to wear swimwear at this time of the year it has got to be a black, chic one piece. I take pleasure in creating a sense of occasion for whatever is going on in my life, so always pack something a little something special. A little black dress always deliverers, it's got to be something unfussy but equally gorgeous that if I go out for a dinner I feel a little dresses up. I will be taking my Other Stories dress and wearing it with a fun colorful clutch (the only time I don't wear a designer bag). I always pack a small selection of inexpensive jewellery and always get a glossy gel mani and pedi before I go. It just makes all the difference. Happy Easter WIT readers, see you next week!

J.crew shorts £59.50

J.Crew week end sweatshirt £59.50

J.Crew linen shirt £79.50

Mango shirt dress £29.99

Mango parka £69.99

Aquazzura Belgravia lace-up suede point-toe flats £440

MiH Jeans Phoebe mid-rise boyfriend jeans £195.00

See by Chlo√© Cotton-jersey and crocheted cotton mini dress £250

Accessorize  Fine Straw Crochet Hat £17.00

Asos mini drop earrings £5.00

ASOS Aztec Clutch Bag with Pom Poms £28.00

Ray-Ban The Wayfarer D-frame acetate sunglasses £125

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Andrea said...

This makes me wonder how many people open up their wardrobe and think 'now what would Laura wear' - just love a packing post OXOXOX

Hayley Allan said...

Love this post too. Had to giggle tho - you might need to wear ALL your clothes at once by the English seaside! You have said a few times that you only wear designer bags - but the zara and &other stories totes you have used most of the winter look fab! Many of us started following you when you featured slightly more affordable clothes than you do now and love the way you really can transform high street buys so please keep the affordability in your selections. Have a super break. Hx

SamIam said...

Where is the swimsuit from please? Love it! Thanks.

Pimlico said...

Where is the black swimsuit from, Laura?

Anonymous said...

Love all the army green colors!


Unknown said...

Love these looks it works so well
Make me feel on vacation haha!

The Fashion Lift said...

Can you recommend any beautiful black swimsuits, I am struggling to find any really lovely flattering ones? Xx

Jane's kitchen diaries said...

thanks for these ideas it made me remember the grey petit bateau sweatshirt that we've got - well obvs I copied you.

WIT said...

Sorry girls swimsuit is from J.Crew xx

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