Style Theory: Minimal packing for a break away, your clothes have to be comfortable, practical, stylish, interchangeable and chic.
I must admit I have never been the best packer, now I have kids I am actually worse, I spend hours packing them outfits for every eventuality and end up leaving myself an hour or two to throw in a few mis-matched outfits.
So having been away last week, I now have a good idea about what works and what does not, whether you actually need 5 pairs of shoes (no...!) and how to hopefully look stylish in fairly practical outfits:
The key is to try to make it simple, tops that can be worn with the same pair of jeans, then a smarter top thrown on in the evening and a pair of heels and you are ready for an evening out.
A beautiful scarf always add a stylish touch, and if you are taking trainers buy a scarf that has elements of the same colour as your trainers, it will make a trainer outfit look a little more together and less schoolrun-like.
Finally try to stick to a loose colour scheme, this is so helpful when mixing and matching.
So here are a few ideas..I am thinking Spring European city/uk break
Parka - Topshop £60
Breton - Boden £25
Jeans - Topshop Baxter £40
Scarf - M&S £19.50
Trainers - J Crew £80
Bag - Zara £79.99
Outfit no.2 Another Daytime look, if the weather is warm and if cold swap denim shorts for blue jeans above and take supergas instead of new balance if you will be somewhere non-muddy.
|Top: Mango Embellished Blouse £29.99|
Jean Shorts: Gap Maddie Shorts £29.95
Trainers: Superga as above
Scarf: M&S as above
Outfit no.3/4 Using the same clothes, add a chic chambray shirt to create these two looks:
|Key Item: Chambray Shirt - Gap Fitted Boyfriend oxford shirt £29.95|
All items listed above, Jacket see outfit below.
Outfit no.5 For an evening out, smarter city daytime look:
|Jumpsuit: Wallis £65|
Blazer: Zara £49.99
Sandals: Dune £69
Additional key items:
Swap the red scarf for this scarf for more colour:
A grey tee is so versatile, looks fab under a smart blazer or with a bright scarf wrapped round.
A grey cashmere sweater for a touch of luxurious warmth.
|Cashmere Sweater: Whistles £165|
|Jeans: Oasis Cherry Skinny Jeans £45|
Black jeans look smart on an evening out, they do not crush in your suitcase and can be worn in the daytime with a boho top and superga trainers.
|Lace Top: Whistles £115|
A good basic trainer, very 'European chic'.
|Swimsuit: Gossard @ Asos £55|
Love this swimsuit..I will be ordering it, this is the first year I really feel I need to wear a one-piece rather that a bikini, this swimsuit looks young and is a flattering shape.
So is my outfit list as clear as mud? Thought so..just to clarify here is my packing list:
Grey T Shirt
Going out top (Lace Top)
Grey Cashmere Sweater
Tassell Bucket Bag
Fine gold jewellery
Ta-da!! I think that is it...do you have any packing gems..what are your must have for a weekend away?
For the schoolrun, taking the kids to their clubs and coffee with friends:
|Sweater: Primark £10|
Trainers: Stan Smith
For a lovely dinner in town last night with one of my very best friends, just loved it:
|Top: H&M Concious Collectio|
Ballet Shoes: Russell and Bromley
A lovely Bank Holiday to look forward to, we are spending it at home looking forward to the little May village fete tomorrow.
What are you up to for the Bank Holiday..do you have a little break away planned, would love to hear your packing tips,
Next time, the Preppy look, Frances xxxx