How to create a holiday capsule wardrobe!

The sun is shining and we’re all starting to think about city breaks and holidays.  It might have been a couple of years since you were last away,so how do you get your holiday wardrobe refreshed and updated?  What are the key pieces for a holiday in the sun and how do you create a capsule holiday wardrobe that works for you?

This month, I’m sharing some tips for creating your capsule holiday wardrobe and will share some of my holiday essentials.

It’s all in the planning!

  1. Take a look at what you already own. Ask yourself, does it suit you? Does it fit? Do you like it? If the answer is ‘Yes’, add it to your holiday pile. If the answer is ‘No’ add to a pile for re-sale or charity.
  2. Identify the gaps. What key pieces are misssing? Maybe it’s a cover-up for the beach? A pair of sandals or a flattering swim suit?
  3. Are you planning a particular theme? Maybe you want to pack neutrals that style easily together or maybe you’re choosing a colour scheme? Having a colour scheme helps as it gives you focus when choosing outfits. Choose your pieces carefully and they should be able to mix and match with ease.
  4. Choose clothes that suit you and your style personality. You want to feel comfortable on holiday. Maybe you are prone to sunburn or bloating? Consider this when choosing your key pieces.
  5. Think outside the box. Could your swim suit double up as a top with a midi skirt and jewellery for evening? Could your shirt dress work as a beach cover-up? The aim is to pack less but to make each piece work more!
  6. Think about the fabrics you choose. Natural fabrics like linen and silk will be more comfortable than synthetic fibres.

So what should you pack?

  • An oversized linen shirt or tunic. This will double up as a beach cover up and a will dress up for evening with sandals and a bag. Choose a neutral one in one of your best shades so that it works with other pieces or choose a brighter shade to make a statement. This one from Boden ticks all the boxes and is perfect for cool skintones.
Boden Linen Tunic Dress £85
  • A casual jumpsuit. Simple and oh so stylish, choose the fabric carefully and this will take you effortlessly from beach to restaurant. This black one below is perfect. Style with espadrilles and a basket bag for day and add jewellery and a clutch for evening. Ideal for Cools, Deeps & Clears.
Hobbs Linen Jumpsuit £89 (on sale)
  • A straw-bag. There’s nothing that shouts ‘holiday’ more than one of these beauties. It’ll add interest to your linens and will transition easily from beach to restaurant. Buy an oversized one! There’s nothing more annoying that a small bag when you have suncreams, sunglasses and everyone elses bits and pieces to carry! This one from Marks & Spencer will go with everything but check the dimensions before you buy!
Straw Bag Marks & Spencer £29.50
  • Comfortable Footwear Choose your footwear carefully. Shoes can be bulky and take up a alot of room in your luggage, so opt for a couple of pairs that will mix and match easily. I always choose neutral colours like tan or metallic. Decide if you want sandals, trainers or wedges. Think about how you’ll be spending your time and choose accordingly. These leather sandals from Jigsaw are perfect. The colour, contemporary block heel and simple style make these a great addition to your holiday wardrobe.
Sandals Jigsaw £110
  • Linen Trousers Comfortable, cool and a great cover-up, a pair of loose linen trousers is a great addition to your suitcase. Choose a neutral colour and mix and match with other neutrals. These linen trousers from Marks and Spencer are perfect!
Linen Trousers M&S £29.50
  • A Maxi dress Elegant, stylish and verstaile, a maxi dress is a holiday must-have. Choose one that flatters your shape, frame and skintone and it will be a staple piece for your holiday. Change your footwear and bag and it’ll be perfect for sight seeing or dinner! This one from Marks and Spencer is gorgeous. The v-shaped neckline is flattering while the long, loose sleeves are perfect for cooler evenings. Its also available in regular or long length.
Maxi Dress M&S £45

If you’d like some help planning your holiday capsule wardrobe, get in touch. Knowing the styles that flatter your body-shape makes outfit planning so much easier!

Enjoy your break away!


It’s Blazer Season!

I love Spring! Bright days, longer evenings and the chance to ditch those heavy Winter coats and replace them with a blazer. Tailored, chic and oh so versatile, a blazer is a must-have this season.

But how do you choose one that’s going to suit you and give you endless styling options?

  • Choose a colour that is flattering to your skintone. Black is a good option if you are a Clear, a Cool or a Deep but navy, charcoal, ivory or fern green are good neutral alternatives.
  • If you want to make a statement, choose a brighter one! There are so many striking colours this season to choose from but make sure it is in harmony with your look and that it doesn’t ‘wear you’!
  • If you have more curve on the top half or broad shoulders consider a single breasted blazer as additional buttons, epaulettes and breast pockets can all add additional bulk.
  • Think about the length and choose one that will balance proportions. One that finishes at hip length is flattering for most petites. Ensure it isn’t too oversized as it could swamp your frame!
  • Don’t be afraid to belt your blazer to add shape to your waist. This is particularly effective for rectangular body shapes.
  • Experiment with shapes, colours and print. If choosing to invest in a blazer opt for a neutral shade as it will never date!

If you fancy adding a blazer to your wardrobe this Spring, here’s a little inspiration and my top online buys, all are guaranteed to make you smile!

Mango Double Breasted blazer £69.99

This stunning blazer from Mango is perfect for warm skintones and will look fabulous on Warms! Pair with blue or charcoal grey trousers for work or style with jeans at the weekend. I love Mango blazers. Great quality and value for money!

Mango Blazer £69.99

Chic, stylish and understated, this is a fabulous blazer. Perfect for work, it will also elevate your weekend style. Layer over a breton t-shirt and style with cropped jeans for an easy, classic look!

Zara Blazer £59.99

This textured Zara blazer is perfect for Cools & Lights. Dress up with white trousers for work or style with a simple white t-shirt and jeans. Blazers can look great layered over dresses and jumpsuits too, just make sure that your proportions are right! If in doubt choose a short textured Chanel inspired jacket instead. There are lots of options on the high street.

Massimo Dutti £140

How gorgeous is this short sleeved linen blazer from Massimo Dutti? Understated and so versatile, this will layer effortlessly over everything! Add a belt to cinch in the waist and style with a pop of coral or other neutral shades. This shade of green is perfect for warm skintones and will flatter Deeps & Warms.

Boden Blazer £190

Fancy a statement piece? This monochrome print ticks all the boxes. Elegant, striking and very versatile this will transition easily from desk to bar. Dress up with a classic black shift dress or black capri trousers or dress down with jeans and trainers. Perfect for Clears, Deeps and Cools.

Baukjen Blazer £249

Add a splash of yellow to your wardrobe this Spring/Summer with this pale yellow blazer from Baukjen. Pair with a breton stripe or tones of lavender for a pretty, feminine look. This will pair effortlessly with florals and is ideal for Lights and Warms. You are welcome to use my discount code Jackson15 for 15% off.

I hope you’ve found this helpful. If you are unsure of the style and colour that will flatter you most, book an online personal style assessment with me. All details are on my website.

Have a colourful and stylish Spring!

Catherine x