Style Staples: The Holiday Edit

Hands up if you find packing for holidays stressful?! Booking flights, finding a dreamy Air BnB and researching peak Instagram opportunities are all the easy parts. Between annoying baggage allowances and the fear of under-packing, I always find it difficult to pack for a holiday. I always aim to pack light and only bring versatile essentials that can be worn and styled in different ways, yet I always end up panic packing and bringing everything but the kitchen sink. And somehow I still end up wishing I’d brought something that I left at home!

The key is to be disciplined; as with your day to day wardrobe, it is much easier to have a capsule holiday wardrobe. Pack only the essentials and make sure any spare cash is saved for mojitos and not excess baggage charges! Read on for my list of top holiday essentials to take the headache out of holiday packing.


Sunglasses top my list of holiday essentials because who wants the sun in their eyes? I must confess, I generally bring about 4-5 different pairs of sunglasses with me on a week long holiday. While that might sound excessive, they are the one item you will wear all day every day on your holibops. Holidays are a good time to experiment with fun styles and colour sunglasses too!

I adore the soft cat eye frames on these classic tortoiseshell sunglasses from Primp & Style
These Quay Australia round frames lend a cool boho air to your holiday look
The hexagonal shape of these Ray Ban frames is so unusual and an alternative to the aviator
If you’re looking to make a statement these exaggerated cat eye’s from Le Specs are just the ticket

Stylish cover-ups

Whether you are having a beach day or strolling around a pretty Mediterranean town, stylish cover-ups are a must. Kimono’s, kaftan’s and poplin dresses are all great choices and will easily take you from beach to bar.

I adore this long kimono from Zara. It would make a great beach cover-up but could also be worn over a cami and cut-offs or belted as a dress
tassell kaf
Mango tassel kaftan
navy zara
Zara dress with embroidered sleeves
ri blue
RI blue cutwork bardot beach dress
zara bell
Zara embroidered striped dress

Maxi dress

Maxi dresses are a style staple in your holiday wardrobe. They are floaty and cool and work equally well for day at the beach or a night out for dinner and drinks. And the best part is you can still wear your maxi dress after the hols, layered over your jeans!

blue dress
Zara long printed dress
and otbher
& other stories summer fiesta print dress
Rixo London rose dress
zara white
Zara long embroidered dress


When it comes to swimwear, this season I am all about the one-piece. Swimsuits once had a reputation as being a little mumsy but they have gone full circle and there are some gorgeous styles on offer. A swimsuit can also double up as a top if worn with denim cut-offs for some sun-downers.

Zara floral print swimsuit
ri swim
River Island navy blue cut-out swimsuit
lovers friends
Lovers + Friends Adrift swimsuit
ASOS palm print swimsuit
H&M swimsuit with a frill


I remember the days of packing multiple pairs of heels to bring on holiday. Generally, they were never worn and if they were worn, they were wildly uncomfortable. These days it’s all about flats. Styles like embellished pool slides and strappy sandals can easily take you from beach to bar.

These Zara feather detail sandals are a real statement piece
Seychelles X BC Doin’ Fine sandals – Revolve
These Topshop tan sandals will literally go with everything
pink zara
Zara pink beaded slides
Love these Kaanas Peoria Sandals from Revolve – love the neutral colour and platform

Straw Bag

Straw/ woven bags have always been a holiday staple but have taken the fashion world by storm this season. Coming in all shapes and sizes, the straw bag is your new IT bag and no longer looks out of place away from the beach.

Zara raffia bucket bag
revolve straw
Sundry sea sun salt straw bag – Revolve
tassel bag
Florabella wilmington tote
New Look green sequin palm leaf basket bag
Circular straw beach bag – Etsy

Sun Hat

Not only are sun hats practical, keeping those ageing sun rays off your face, but they look cool too! I generally opt for a straw hat as it is lightweight and more breathable than other materials. From fedora’s to trilby’s and with embellishments like pom poms and ribbons, there’s lots of options.

Asos straw fedora hat
& other stories frayed straw hat
pom pom fed
M&S pom pom fedora
Mango straw visor cap

Denim Cut-offs

A good pair of denim cut-offs are an absolute no brainer for holidays. However, it can be really difficult to get a pair that are just right i.e. not too tight and not too baggy, not too short and just the right amount of distressing. Not asking for much am I?? Nine Crows is a great place to pick up some vintage denim cut-offs to answer all your denim short desires.

Mango dark denim shorts
Levi 501 echo park shorts. These also come in a grey colour that is fab!
embr shorts
Zara high waisted embroidered shorts

Statement earrings

There is no easier way to dress up your look for night time than adding a pair of statement earrings. Of course if you are one of those girls who manages to look amazing while lounging at the pool (I am most definitely not one of those girls!), then you can throw on a pair with your swimsuit too! You can catch up on my edit of the best statement earrings here.

Happy packing! If there are any other staples you would add to the list let me know in the comments.

Stylishly yours,

Trish xx




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