If you want to nail every holiday look, you need to pack smart – but how do you do this while keeping all your style bases covered? It is easy if you pick the right pieces and pack like a pro.

Plan ahead

No, we don’t mean start a spreadsheet! You are looking for hero pieces that can be changed up or down depending on the setting; after all, no one wants to spend valuable time in their hotel room trying to decide what to wear when they could be sitting poolside or at the bar with a cocktail.

The trick is obviously to take a capsule wardrobe of pieces that go together and can do double duty for the beach and the bar. By being super-organised before you start to pack, you will probably realise that you really didn’t need 10 pairs of shoes.

Prioritise your hero pieces

A long loose shirt, a black swimsuit and a floral skirt can take you from a day on the beach to a fun evening in the blink of an eye. The shirt is a great cover-up over your maxi dress or worn tied at the waist with denim shorts for effortless chic when sightseeing. Apart from one drop-dead evening outfit, all your wardrobe pieces should be versatile enough to go anywhere.

Dream dresses

The most versatile piece in your suitcase bar none, a dress goes over a swimsuit to go from beach to dinner or covers up that sunburn when anything else feels itchy. From the flight out to the journey home, summer dresses can take you anywhere.

The pack and go maxi dress loves wedges for evening and trainers and a T-shirt for sightseeing. Add a biker jacket for a tough urban edge when you are home and layer with a jumper in the autumn. A red maxi dress looks stunning with a tan and is great for your Christmas parties. If you are looking for a red maxi dress visit AX Paris and other fashion brands for a stunning range of dresses.

Insta inspiration

Are you stuck for inspiration? Try Instagram and take your inspiration from what the celebs are doing this summer. This is all about channelling style on a budget, with the high street having some great alternatives to the Kardashians’ designer looks!

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