Whether you’re jetting off or “staycationing”, packing for a mini break can throw up a plethora of outfit issues—how much is too much? What will the weather be like? Should you go smart or more casual?
The secret is to pack a capsule wardrobe of key pieces that can be switched and swapped to create different outfits. It’s a dark art, but it can be done and we’re going to show you how. Hot or cold, home or away, here’s the wardrobe wishlist for your next mini break.
Before you can start embellishing your packing wishlist with gorgeous statement pieces, you’ll need to nail the basics to build on.
Suss your separates with one pair of smart jeans, one pair of tailored trousers and a smart casual skirt. You’ll be able to mix and match them with tops and swing them towards smart or casual. Polo shirts and lightweight, elegant camisoles are your perfect up-top basics. They can be dressed up with a blazer, dressed down with denim and are ideal for layering.
Keep your basics to a mix of neutral, go-with-everything shades and one or two pops of colour.
One of the very best things about holidays is dining out each night. Catering to the mix of smarter restaurants and more casual eateries can be tricky, but the right wishlist pieces can see you through.
If you’re heading somewhere hot, you’ll still need a little something around your shoulders in the chilly evenings. We love cashmere wraps, ponchos and even tidy little cardigans. Jewellery with real ‘wow’ factor and a statement coloured lip can take almost any piece of clothing into evening mode.
Eveningwear can afford to be more sassy when it comes to colour palettes. Sophisticated shades, like biscuit and navy, are hot stuff right now.
UK staycationers run the risk of feeling a chill in the earlier bank holiday weekends this year. Carefully packing something elegant and warm, like a cashmere jumper or jumper dress, gives you the comfort of warmth with the style of the season.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re sat on a plane, a train, a boat or a car. Being strapped in and immobile for any length of time can be uncomfortable.
Make sure your journey is comfortable by adding a few pieces of loungewear to your mini break packing wishlist.
We adore cashmere lounge pants and cashmere hoodies—they’re comfy clothes with a touch of class (because loungewear doesn’t have to mean velour, you know)!
Stay snug on the journey and pack a lusciously soft blanket into your carry-on luggage. Chilly travelling can make long journeys more uncomfortable than they need to be.
Now that we’ve given you a little inspiration, grab a notebook and start making your mini break packing wishlist. Just a few key pieces could be all you need to sightsee in style, while travelling with a bag that doesn’t feel like you’ve packed everything but the kitchen sink.
Cashmere and Merino Chunky V Neck Jumper