City break, skiing or safari, look effortlessly stylish on your next trip wherever you're going with these top holiday fashion tips.
Getting ready to jet off on a fabulous holiday? Remember it’s not just about how you pack but what you pack. Going on a holiday is the perfect time to update and flaunt your wardrobe – just think, you need to make sure you look good in those holiday snaps!
It can be daunting to decide what to pack, what is necessary and what is excessive (but really, when it comes to fashion, can you really be excessive?). To help you prepare, we’ve put together a list of the best style tips (depending on the holiday you go on). Follow this advice and be rest assured that you’ll be the best dressed on the plane.
1. The city break
What to pack for a city break? Well, of course, it depends where you are going. Although you’ll be in a thriving, fashionable, metropolitan hub, you still want to be comfortable for those full-on days of walking tours, museums and hikes up to viewpoints. It’s essential you bring a pair of comfortable (yet gorgeous) shoes – think brogues for your ultra-stylish cities like Paris and Milan, a pair of cut out T-bar shoes or pumps for hotter cities like Barcelona or a pair of ankle boots for winter city breaks in the likes of Oslo or Amsterdam. In neutral colours of course so you can wear them with all your carefully selected outfits. They say that fashion is pain, but hobbling around a city surely isn’t a good look? Leave the heels in your hotel room.
2. The beach holiday
It is a skill to spend a day at the beach and still look and feel great but it can be done! Go glam with a statement maxi over a flattering swimsuit and massive shades (the bigger the better) that are a full proof way of getting to and from the beach (or poolside). Make sure you leave the hair-straighteners behind and rock that au natural beach hair to complete the look.
3. The camping trip
Gather round the campfire and wrap a chunky knitted sweater or woollen jacket around you that’ll look effortlessly cool with skinny jeans or a skirt. If it’s especially cold, invest in a wool beany hat and matching scarf – they’ll substitute for an extra pillow too!
4. The safari holiday
Ah yes, safari chic. Ditch the shorts and get some light trousers to protect your legs from mosquitoes – red blotches are not a good look. Also avoid camouflage patterns as a) you’ll look like you’re from a 90s girl group and b) it is actually illegal in certain countries as it is army attire. Avoid being arrested – you’ve seen what happens in Orange is the New Black.
5. The party holiday
Big hair and even bigger heels – if you are going on a party holiday you have the opportunity to dress to the nines and look amazing every night. Chances are, you’ll be partying somewhere pretty warm so pack accordingly. Dresses, sheer blouses with skirts and playsuits are all ideal. Leather trousers, and beaded jumpers can maybe be saved for when you are back home.
6. The ski trip
If you learn anything from watching the Winter Olympics it’s that there is truly a wide and varied (and stylish) array of winter sports gear out there for the fashion-conscious traveller. Hit the slopes with a pair of brightly coloured ski googles and a matching jacket and when you are done release the inner hipster in you and dig out your most kitsch, Christmas jumper and go sip mulled wine in a chalet.
7. The active adventure
Whether it be biking through a city or white-water rafting in the country, it is still possible to look stylish on an active holiday. A good pair of trainers are perfect for keeping active (and comfortable) and a wide and varied selection of graphic tees and sweaters are perfect for making your sports gear a little less dull.
8. The backpacking adventure
When you are backpacking, your clothes have to go a bit further than most holiday wardrobes. Although there isn’t necessarily one essential item to take on this sort of trip, there is one essential piece of advice – make sure you have mix and match items. Backpacking for six weeks with six outfits will start to feel a bit boring. Bringing some neutral items like denim shorts, a cream blouse and then some more outlandish pieces that can be swapped around and will ensure that you never have the same outfit twice – also bring some cheap jewellery (never pack your expensive stuff) to mix things up a bit.
9. The festival goer
Heading to a festival abroad? Make sure you are prepared. No matter where you are, festivals always seem to be muddy. A pair of bright and bold wellies will keep your feet dry and look good with both shorts and leggings. Remember to pile on the accessories. Flowers, bindis, and headpieces – anything goes.
10. The shopping holiday
The fashionista’s ultimate holiday. From London to New York there are some great places to spend your hard-earned cash. It’s all about the effortless one piece on these kinds of trips whether it be a jumpsuit or dress so you can easily try on the piles of clothing you take to the fitting room. Also limit the accessories – makes trying things on a bit more complicated!