Throughout May we’ve covered my best tips for packing and layering, all of which are aimed at helping you have everything you need with less luggage. This last post is a little bit different. Summer is when ready-to-wear designers typically bring out their brightest colours and more daring designs. Everything, including the weather thankfully, is brighter, warmer and generally more fun! So now I want to encourage you to embrace this with your summer wardrobe, and especially your summer holiday packing!
Get ready to really be adventurous and flaunt your weirdest, wackiest and most fun style dreams. Even if it just means wearing a dress and heels when you usually wear jeans and sneakers. Summer, and especially a trip away to a warm sunny location, is your best opportunity to really have more fun and experiment with your style limits.
As well as relating to what you take on holiday this post is essentially a follow up to March’s ‘Just wear it‘. The same key principles apply, here we are going to revisit in particular the sections ‘take it on holiday’ (of course), ‘ease into it’ and ‘stop caring!’
Packing for your summer holiday…
Last time we talked about taking the items we just don’t have the courage to wear at home on holiday. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Summer is the best time to do this. When you get ready to pack for your summer holiday take out those items you’ve never worn and have another look at them. In my experience clients ‘never worn’ items tend to be for summer, long summer dresses or floaty tops and skirts with bright colours or daring floral prints. Clearly items bought because they’re beautiful and the client loved them, but then when it came to actually wearing them they felt too uncomfortable, and basically just chickened out. So, take them all out, and start to have some fun re-mixing them with bright jewellery, hats, sunglasses, light or bright coloured blazers (if you’re worried about showing your upper arms in a strappy dress) and pack those new outfits. Muster up all your courage now while you’re packing! Remember so much style was inspired by these summer holiday destinations, when you get there you won’t be out of place. And once you’ve left the house with that suitcase full of summer fun outfits, there’s no turning back 😉
As in last weeks mail, summer clothes are lighter and roll up smaller, so if it really is too much to go all out with sandals and dresses when you’re a jeans person then there’ll be a little room in your case to take some ‘ease into it’ outfits. A pair of nice jeans to go with the bright floaty floral top perhaps, before you go all out and try it with white or pink capri pants. Whatever it is that you have, you can pack a couple of alternatives to make the outfit more or less extreme which will allow you to experiment while you are on holiday.
I did this over a couple of holidays one year with a Blutsgeschwister outfit which I had fallen in love with and bought, but was worried would be just too much for Düsseldorf. Maybe even too much for me! We’re talking red with white spots, lace, bows, embroidery, pale blue with red roses, more frills, more lace bows and embroidery, all in the one outfit! Blutsgeschwister is one of my favourite German brands because of their fabulous fabrics and patterns and the way they mix it all up.
The first summer weekend away in Paris I took just the skirt with a simple top:
That ended up being so easy that the next holiday, in Rome, I went straight for the whole outfit:
After adjusting to the outfit away from home, realising how great I felt in it and how easy it is to forget what you are wearing and just get on with having a good time, I’ve been wearing the outfit as it was meant to be whenever I feel like it ever since. Even to work! (Benefit of working in the fashion industry).
So now its your turn and now is your chance! You bought those outfits because they are beautiful and they made you feel good, or perhaps you haven’t bought them yet but you really, really, want to have them. Do it! Stop caring about whatever it is that is stopping you from wearing these things, ease into it if you must and take them on holiday.
If you need a little extra support on packing for your summer holiday, that’s what I’m here for 😉 There are still some dates available over June & July so get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss tailoring a wardrobe aid session around your holiday packing.
As always I would absolutely love to hear from you, come over towww.chicforcharity.com and tell me in the comments below this post about the outfit you have been too scared to wear, why and what are you going to do about it?