How to Pack for a Beach Holiday – Go and Fetch Some Sunshine

Hey, I’m back!

I am very sorry for having been away for so long, but my schedule has been incredibly busy with that internship I mentioned here. But I’m free again now, so hopefully I should be able to keep you updated more often.

I am not going to get too comfy on this armchair, however, as I am soon to set off for the sandy, sun-kissed shores of Sardinia. With this in mind, I decided to write a post about what to pack on a late summer holiday.

First off: the luggage. If you are away for up to a week, there is no need to have a suitcase to check in. It is going to slow down your arrival and, needless to say, make your travel to and from the airport a lot harder. Get yourself a wheelie bag and a small purse to carry phone, earphones, passport + boarding pass and wallet, so that you’ll be able to fit it into the hand luggage, if needs be. Italian brands Carpisa and United Colors of Benetton are affordable yet very durable.

United Colours of Benetton. The smallest one is the perfect size for a week’s worth of summer clothes.

 

Carpisa. If you prefer a hardware design, this will be ideal.

 Both of these cabin-size bags are soft, which helps with the suitcase stacking, light, durable and have plenty of outside pockets for your book, iPad and camera.

Make sure you pack versatile clothes that can be dressed up or down. A good way to achieve this is to lay your outfits on your bed as you plan them day by day, which helps make matchable clothes stand out. Remember you only have a limited space in your bag so limit shoes to a pair of comfortable sandals to walk around pebbled alleys (which you will probably wear on the plane), a pair of flip flops for the beach and a pair of heels for the evening. With heels, the easier to slip off the better, in case you end up at a bar on a beach, so avoid multiple straps and laces.

Kurt Geiger. Easy chic daily sandals – currently on sale!

 

Miss Trish flip flops.

Developpa Louboutin. These hot wedges have a zip at the back for better wearability.

Make sure to bring a light-weight blazer to wear on the plane to fend off that freezing air con, which can also be used in the evenings when out. Little breezy dresses and short playsuits are great choices to minimise packing and adapt from day- to eveningwear.

L’Agence little white dress. A great day piece, match this buttoned-up dress with a black blazer and the above Louboutins for a clean-cut and trendy evening outfit.

 

Equipment playsuit. Black on yellow is a trend that has been with us from Spring ’12 thanks to Yigal Azrouël, Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta, and looks lovely on this flowery playsuit.

Don’t forget to pack a canvas, foldable beach bag!

Missoni canvas bag. Very colourful and summery.

 

Finally, pack as many bikinis as you like, they’re only tiny and it’s nice to show off different models when going back to the beach every day.

This Mara Hoffman bikini is one of my favourites for a bunch of reasons, but mostly because it channels the ‘90s trend and has a flattering bralette-shaped top which makes everything stay put and gives it a trendy finish at the back.

Mara Hoffman bikini. This bralette design is unusual and original.

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S/S ’09 Colour Trends – Finding a Balance

It was always a bit like keeping dry hay away from fire, or raw chicken away from finger food. We spent decades looking away in horror and pulling faces at the sight of the two styles matched, as if we knew best (and indeed, we thought we did). But this year a revolution is happening – a revolution that is changing the concept of colour. The nude shades are back, but this time they are matched with fluorescent colours. Yes, we can!

Out goes the black, that was always considered lime yellow and shock pink’s best friend, in come the beige, dust pink, khaki, delicate lilac, pale ecru and any other soft shade in the natural palette. No more white and shocking pink, way too safe for us 2009ers.

This new trend is intended to highlight the juxtaposition between sharp colourful florals and soft natural shades. And surprisingly enough, it works. Neon colours and natural shades really are a match made in Heaven.

In fact, this trend has been showcased for quite a while now, going through ’07 Versace clingy yellow dresses with a grey lining, or ’08 Dries Van Noten soft peach parkas and bright pink sweaters on the men’s catwalk shows. No one has been brave enough to sport such an idea in the ‘real world’ so far. But finally, here we go. Gucci has presented its latest collection with beige and bright pink and yellow traveller’s bags, and khaki jackets with superimposed bright yellow and orange flowers; suddenly everyone is wearing brights and pales like there’s no tomorrow.

You can find it on TV, in various advertisements on the back of magazines, and absolutely everywhere in the shop windows on the high street, starting from Topshop, all the way down to H&M passing through GAP and the ever-growing, ever developing Uniqlo. Even Susie has showed herself on her Stylebubble blog in different outfits showcasing the eye-catching mismatching.

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There may be several reasons why this trend has occurred. Most likely, the high fashion stylists and designers saw a need to mix the still strong influences of the ‘80s with one of the biggest staples of the upcoming ‘90s style revival. Hence the fluoro colours have become matched with nude tones and earthy, natural, soft shades.

Another reason why this could have happened is because we saw the exponential growth of the “charity shop” style, where everything is mixed and matched together in a seemingly careless manner, placing different fashion decades together in the same outfit, and therefore again obtaining the same ‘80s and ‘90s look, so the high end of the market has once again had to follow what the new trendy masses are wearing just to keep apace.

In a word, we could describe this trend as finding a balance, and this is why it looks so alluring. It is the freshness of it that attracts us, especially with the new sunny season beckoning from not so afar. We have seen more than enough English-liquorice outfits out there, and on the other hand we have now come across one too many different-shades-of-mushroom getup. Fluorescent colours and natural shades create an unexpected ensemble which delights the tired eye.

The final question is: will this trend last? We don’t know, and of course we can’t tell. But what I can state for sure is that, like everything else in fashion, it is bound to come back!