Let’s face it, holidays are the ultimate wardrobe challenge, so pack like a pro with a few multi-tasking pieces from French Connection’s new premium luxury range (and remember: excess baggage fees are for amateurs).Be suitcase savvy. Heels are heavy, so pack your flats in your checked luggage and wear your highest/heaviest heels for boarding (they might bag you that upgrade) – and then kick them off after take-off.
Think sequins are just for New Year and Christmas? Think again. Those shiny little discs light up like a glittery disco ball in the sun (and pack like a dream). The sequins on the Pearl Queen Jacket have a waxed finished that gives a vintage, distressed feel – perfect for the high-low cool of festival dressing. One statement piece added to even the most dressed-down holiday look will mean your basic vest and cut-off denim shorts can take you straight from the beach to a bar… just swap those flip-flops for heels (nifty). Or give your beach basics an upgrade for going out: beat the heat in any summer club in the ultra-glamorous Ella Sequinned Shorts.
And keep topping up the tan as the sun goes down with a strapless dress that shows off your shoulders. Metallics are a standout dusk-to-dawn party look and the Lola Ball Strapless Dress has a late-’70s disco feel that’s perfect for dancing (and a crease-resistant fabric that’s perfect for your suitcase). Plus the skinny belt cinches the waist to flatter your silhouette.
Other non-negotiable vacation pieces for summer 2012? A quirky clutch – we love the Wonder Wood. A breezy-but-cool beach cover-up, like the Southern Summer Skirt. Oh, and white jeans are back! How about these Lily Denim ones, which are easily styled for day (add a pastel tee or lightweight fluoro knit) and pretty sexy for evening – dress up with the 1960s chic Elisa Beading Top and catwalky courts. All we can say is… let the sun shine!
Check out the full collection, including all of our favourites, online at frenchconnection.com