Back in June, when we'd had three months of lockdown, it felt like the prospect of a holiday was completely out of the question. Now, however, deep into July and almost August, it's a different situation entirely. Plenty of people are jetting off. Of course, that might not be the case for everyone right now, so it's worth noting that just because many have decided to go away, it's okay if you're not. But if you have managed to wrangle that plane ticket and are about to go to warmer climes, then allow us to be the fashion guidebook on what to pack for your holiday.
Putting together a sunny holiday packing list might sound tiresome, but for a stress-free vacay, you've got to do it. A tried-and-tested formula of interchangeable pieces that actually work (rather than remaining in a creased pile at the bottom of your case) and are effortless will put the pleasure into packing.
So we canvassed our team to create the ultimate edit—from dresses that will work across a variety of occasions to the all-important jeans that you can fly and sightsee in. Debating over that cashmere jumper for the flight? Do it. Ditto for the travel bag that will double up as a beach bag. Every item in this guide is versatile enough to be worn more than once (meaning that if you choose to invest in some high-end pieces, you needn't feel guilty).
Keep scrolling for our definitive rundown of what to pack for a stylish vacation.
Smythson Textured-Leather Passport Cover (£135)
This is for travelling in serious style.
Valextra Brera Textured-Leather Wallet and Cardholder Set (£725)
No more bits of paper knocking around in the bottom of your bag.
Beats Solo Pro Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones (£199)
They'll save you having to deal with the uncomfortable airplane set.
Arket Belted Lyocell Shorts (£45)
Shorts with a sophisticated twist.
Smythson Mara Croc-Effect Leather Luggage Tag (£48)
Keep track of your stuff with a leather luggage tag.
Faithfull the Brand Bettina Tie-Dyed Linen Sunhat (£85)
Keep harmful rays out of your face while still looking chic.
Celine Cat-Eye Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses (£290)
Be the envy of everyone else on the beach.
Loewe Paula's Ibiza Fringed Terry Towel (£350)
Chic towels do exist.
Raey Fringed Wool-Blend Scarf (£100)
While you might be travelling to a warmer climate, it does get cold on the plane, so you'll want something to wrap up in when you're feeling the chill.
Gucci Double G and Tassels Print Silk Scarf (£335)
When you want to add a bit of colour to your outfit, all you need to do is tie a silk scarf around your neck, bag or through your belt holes. Simple.
Swimwear Option #1
H&M Padded-Cup Swimsuit (£18)
Of course, you need swimwear, and yes, you definitely need two types. One for sunbathing (e.g., the trusty bikini) and one for if you fancy a swim.
Swimwear Option #2
& Other Stories Seersucker Bandeau Bikini Top (£27)
You always need a bikini in your bag.
Chan Luu Gold-Plated Pearl Earrings (£75)
These dainty earrings will go with your swimwear just as much as they will your chic evening outfit.
Anya Hindmarch In-Flight Leather and Tpu Travel Bag (£195)
Perhaps the most useful item in your luggage—a cosmetics case for every type of holiday and situation.
Bottega Veneta The Pouch Small Gathered Leather Clutch (£1050)
It makes any daytime outfit instantly evening-ready.
Travel and Beach Bag
Loewe Carolyn Tasseled Woven Tote (£550)
You'll use it year after year.
& Other Stories Belted Workwear Leather Jacket (£299)
While there may be heat where you're going, there's no denying that some places get downright chilly in the evening. Pack a leather jacket and throw it over your shoulders when there's a breeze.
H&M Fine-Knit Cashmere-Mix Jumper (£50)
Going somewhere a little colder? This sweater will be your go-to. If you're thinking about packing another, stop and consider your layers—you don't want to overfill your bag.
Eytys Smiths T-Shirt (£65)
For obvious reasons, you're going to need a couple of T-shirts. Stick to two colours—preferably muted tones like black, white, navy, grey or stripes. You can then wear these under a jumpsuit, with a slip dress or with flowy trousers.
Arket Boat-Neck Striped Top (£25)
A Breton? Mais, bien sûr.
Going-Out Top #1
Topshop White Shirred Poplin Blouse (£29)
We suggest saving this top for the evening, but it will also look great with a pair of jeans in the daytime.
Going-Out Top #2
Marques'Almeida Feather-Trimmed Satin Top (£155)
Just add heels and jeans and you're good to go.
Raey Bust-Cup Silk Crepe De Chine Slip Dress (£180)
This is your true multitasker. Want to wear a dress on your night out? Wear a slip dress. Want to go sightseeing? Wear a slip dress over a T-shirt. There is seriously nothing this item can't do (except for the actual packing, of course).
Cos Wide Mulberry Silk Jumpsuit (£135)
Pair this jumpsuit with gold earrings.
Arket Relaxed Lyocell Trousers (£59)
These will go with all your brights, prints and neutrals.
& Other Stories Fitted Denim Midi Skirt (£65)
It's the versatile skirt that never fails on holiday.
Raey Dad Baggy Boyfriend Jeans (£140)
The perfect pair of white jeans.
Shoe Option #1
Topshop Nature Blue Strappy Block Heels (£34)
With jeans, skirts or dresses—you'll get so much wear out of these.
Shoe Option #2
Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars (£65)
A classic for a reason. These sneakers will look good for a day in the city or at the beach.
Shoe Option #3
Arizona Love Trekky Camouflage Velcro-Strap Sandals (£100)
These sold out last summer, but they're back. Grab them fast.
Shoe Option #4
Castañer Carina Canvas Wedge Espadrilles (£80)
Easy to wear by the pool yet chic enough for a night out.
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next up, the biggest summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know.
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