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The Art Of | Packing




There’s nothing worse than getting ready for a night on the tiles to discover that you don’t have the right shoes for that dress. Think about the sorts of things you’ll be doing on your holiday and lay out the outfits you’d like to take – physically seeing them in front of you will help you determine whether these work in multiple looks. Working in tonal colours means you can cross match items to more looks with fewer items.

If you’re heading somewhere warm 2 light-ish layers should suffice. We suggest a denim jacket and knit: you can wear these together should the weather take an unexpected turn.


Indigo Denim Western Jacket
Ivory Cotton Cardigan
Summers Print Tie Side Dress
Allie Ivory & Silver Trainers
Lilac Denim Western Jacket




Double duty items, like a shirt dress which can be worn over a bikini on the beach, or with sky high heels for a night out are a great way of keeping your overall number of choices down.

Also don’t forget that accessories can instantly revamp an outfit – add some statement earrings to inject some glamour into a casual floaty top with jeans look, or perhaps a snakeskin bag for the evening to weave some texture into your look.


Stripe Tie Front Shirt Dress
Sara Black Fringe High Sandal
Triple Circle Woven Earring
Chambray Fluted Sleeve Blouse
Nina Snake Print Saddle Bag



Shoes – why do we always pack so many? A casual day shoe and a smarter pair, which can be dressed up or down (wedges are great for this), should see you through. And, by wearing your heaviest pair on the plane, you’ll save on that precious weight allowance too. Wrap shoes in plastic so that any dirty soles don’t ruin clean clothes.

With the airlines clamping down on weight allowances, jeans are just too heavy to pack in the case. So, providing your flight isn’t too long, try to wear these on route. The chances are you won’t get around to wearing them when you’re away.


Ava White Leather Sandal
Meribel Indigo Cut Off Jean
Erin Yellow Espadrille Wedges
Maryland White Skinny Jean



Before putting things into the case, neatly stack everything together. Small wrinkle resistant items can be rolled and lined along the base of the bag. Stiffer or wrinkle prone garments can be folded over rolled clothes. Keeping them on hangers in plastic can further reduce the chances of them creasing, and means you can hang them straight up on arrival.


We’re all guilty of saving things “for best”, but when do we wear them? Be daring and bring some of those special items you’ve been saving. You can still do casual (the relaxed glamour way), just without the scruffy.

Unlike your jeans, you are more than likely going to need a pretty dress or jumpsuit when you’re away- when you look at photos, you’ll be glad you did! Just make sure you’ve brought the right underwear to go with it.


Tomato Strappy Jumpsuit
Ink Asymmetric Dress
Sara Red Fringe High Sandal
Brynn Print Jumpsuit


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