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TAILORS TIPS ON HOW TO PACK LIGHT AND STILL LOOK SHARP

Whatever size your suitcase, be prepared for every holiday scenario...

Summer is here and, with the British weather failing spectacularly to impress, that holiday on the horizon has never looked more enticing. Of course, before you jet off to your chic villa in the Med or private island in the Bahamas, there’s one final hurdle to cross: packing.

 It’s tricky enough planning for a long weekend in the country (two pairs of chinos or three? Trainers or loafers?) but, when two long weeks in an undiscovered destination stretch out before you, who knows what situations may arise. Some items - swim shorts, sunglasses, a range of T-shirts - are a given. Smart destinations, however, often mean strict restaurant dress codes and impromptu gatherings with well-heeled neighbours. It pays to be prepared but does this really mean you need a different shirt and jacket for every evening and how on earth will you fit four pairs of brogues in a cabin-size bag? Here are our tips on creating a holiday capsule wardrobe that offers something for every evenutaility. 

Build your wardrobe around one key piece

It can be tempting to leave your blazers behind if you’re off to warmer climes but, from the French Riviera to Fiji, a tailored jacket is a must if you’re heading out to restaurants and bars. However, as this is one of the bulkiest items in your case it’s imperative you choose wisely. Opt for a lightweight fabric in an eye-catching but versatile fabric that you can build the rest of your wardrobe around.

Choose separates in complimentary colours

Think about your holiday wardrobe in terms of outfits - if there aren’t at least two other pieces in your case you can wear an item with then it stays behind. Choose plain colours - beige chinos, navy shorts, white T-shirts - and avoid overly printed items to give yourself as many outfit options as possible.

 

Smart trainers are your friend

Once you’ve packed a pair of loafers, sneakers and deck shoes you may find there's little room for anything else. Maximise the usefulness of your shoes by opting for a pair of smart trainers that work with denim, trousers and tailored shorts. Choose a classic style in a neutral shade that are chic enough to get past even the most robust ‘no trainer’ door policy. 

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