The key to successful holiday packing is to take pieces that can multitask and mix and match with other items to create lots of different looks. Simple shapes and elegant cuts mean that these items will work way beyond the summer break, too, and will easily slot in to your existing wardrobe.
L-R: Sunglasses £12 Accessorize, top £12.99 New Look, hat £22 Topshop, wedges £19.99 New Look, shorts £30 River Island
Denim shorts are a summer staple and can easily be dressed up or down. Add a simple top and wide brimmed hat for a stroll along the beachfront, or pair with an embellished top and wedge espadrilles for a jaunt into the city.
L-R hat £22 Topshop, top £12.99 New Look, culottes £17.99 New Look, jacket £59.95 White Stuff, wedges £19.99 New Look
Co-ords are still a key trend for the summer and they allow you to create lots of different looks. Pair this striped crop top and culottes with a lightweight jacket for a smart dinner date, or wear the top with shorts for a more dressed down look.
L-R wedges £19.99 New Look, shorts £30 River Island, Top £26 River Island, bag £25 Accessorize
Accessories are an easy way to update your look, and choosing neutral tones and simple shapes ensures that, whatever colours or prints you pack, you’ll be able to finish off the look beautifully. A soft taupe shoulder bag, a wide brimmed straw hat, a simple espadrille wedge and some classic tortoiseshell glasses are easy wins that elevate a simple look to a more special one.
L-R sunglasses £12 Accessorize, hat £22 Topshop, wedges £19.99 New Look, swimming costume £35 Marks & Spencer
A swimming costume or bikini is a holiday essential and it's a great opportunity to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe. This palm print onepiece is chic and on trend, and accessorised with a wide brimmed hat and elegant glasses you're sure to showcase pure poolside sophistication!
With just a little careful editing, a summer holiday capsule wardrobe can take all of the stress out of packing for your break in the sun. Once you've decided the key pieces you want to take, you'll need a suitably stylish case to pack them all into-check out our packing essentials roundup here.
L-R Wedges £19.99 New Look, dress £38 Next, jacket £59.95 White Stuff, bag £25 Accessorize
A throw-on dress is essential to any summer wardrobe and will help to keep you cool when the temperature heats up. You can also smarten it up further for dinner or drinks with a lightweight jacket. The mixed prints of this dress from Next are playful and fun and the bright punchy colours can't help but make you feel summery!