Fashion Jam: The absolute beginnings of any great holiday

The summer holidays are approaching and whether you’ve a tendency to over-pack, under-pack or panic-pack, this part is the least fun. But with a little planning and some half-decent luggage, it needn’t be!

Eventually, the bags always seem to get packed, even if everyone follows a slightly different routine.

Delightful or frightful?
For some people, packing is like an enjoyable prelude to the holiday itself. And for them, organisation is not only key, but a specialist subject.

For others, the prospect of packing is a nightmare. No matter how much you check the weather or go through your wardrobe beforehand, you simply don’t have anything to wear, or you want to wear. This results in you packing far too many options – because you never know what mood you’ll be in.

Remember: don’t pack anything that you haven’t worn in the past six months – if I’m not wearing it at home, it’s not going to suddenly feel right.

So if you’re really struggling, here’s a handy list of the essentials that no holiday-maker should embark without.

Let’s start with the obvious. NEVER forget to pack your swimmers. Even if you’re not sure if you’ll go swimming, always pack them. They can act as the perfect layering garment at the very least. Packing a bikini – and/or one piece that could also play a role – as an extra top option is a great way to make the most out of your suitcase wardrobe. I have an absolute favourite swimwear brand that can never go wrong (except the price tag) and that is Marysia Swim.

Maxi dress
Do not forget a maxi dress – the most important piece in any holiday wardrobe. The rationale is simple: it’s lightweight and effortless. There are chic options for all personal styles, it’s perfect for the body conscious, and it’s a one-and-done situation. Isn’t that what vacations are all about?

The smartest and chicest investment you will make. A beautifully-made straw hat should be a wardrobe essential. It can elevate any summer outfit and is a sun-safe hero.

Everyone loves a great pair of sunglasses, don’t they? This is not the area to save money, so make sure you buy a classic pair (Ray-Ban always works) that goes with any outfit.

Work denim into your summer wardrobe with a light jacket for breezy summer nights, or wrapped around your waist during the day. And those denim shorts of course!

Tee/tank top
Bring along a selection of tees and tank tops in black, white and grey to mix with your denim skirt and shorts.

Pick one pair that you love and wear them with everything. Sandals are one of those staple pieces that you can wear and wear and wear, knowing that next year there will be another amazing array to choose from. I recommend finding a pair that you love, and that are good quality and versatile – that way you can invest knowing you will live in them during the summer.

Sun protection
Last but certainly not least, buy a good quality sun lotion. Don’t just go for the cheapest one. Without healthy good looking skin, it doesn’t really matter what you wear.