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1 Colour co-ordinated bikinis are the bedrock of your capsule holiday wardrobe. They’ll take up minimal space in your bag and can be mixed and matched for a fresh look every day. Include a couple of tankinis too, as they can serve as cropped tops for evening.
2 Bring one standout piece. Pack one exquisite item, such as a silk dress, for evening. Pair with a cashmere knit (perfect worn on the plane to prevent a chill) on one night and a blazer on another.
3 It may be a capsule wardrobe cliché, but a sarong can multitask as a scarf, belt or even a towel. Google “how to tie a sarong” and you’ll find a multitude of different outfits can be created around this humble garment.
4 Always bring a hat. Not only is a sun hat part of your sun protection regime, it’s a chic finishing touch to any outfit. This black and white fedora is a touch cooler than traditional straw sun hats.
5 Whether you’re heading to Sydney or Sardinia, bring a knit for evenings. Invest in a featherweight cashmere or a merino wool; they’ll look super-chic for evenings and will see you through winter too.
6 Forget about buckling and untying shoe straps – go for a versatile, no-fuss slip-on instead. Then make it multitask by opting for a metallic shade or metallic detailing that will work for day and night.
7 Pare back the number of lotions and potions you take with you by substituting your regular body moisturiser, make-up remover and lip balm with coconut oil. This one-stop wonder can also double as a cuticle softener, hair mask and under-eye cream. We love Vita Coco’s Coconut Oil – as the packaging says, “Eat it, Wear it, Swear by it!”
8 Choose a beach bag that can weather the tidal wave of sand, sea and sun lotion. This raffia-effect polypropylene tote is water-resistant so ideal for bringing to the beach.
Holding shot: River Island