Packing for summer holiday is always a bit of a fashion dilemma: on one hand you want to look stylish and have choices, on another – you don’t want to lag too much clothes and pay extra luggage charges, especially if you travel on budget airlines and only carry a hand luggage.
For my recent week-long summer holiday in Greece (you can read about it here) I put together a following packing list that actually worked quite well for me. Mixing and matching items in similar color schemes gave me plenty of choices for both casual/day and dressy/going out outfits. For example, white jeans can be easily paired with casual cotton shirts and dressy tops, while flower pattern shorts could be worn with different tops and t-shirts in a variety of colors.
My packing list
- 1 pair of skinny jeans (white)
- 1 pair of cotton pants
- 3 summer dresses
- 1 cotton shirt
- 4-5 casual and dressy tops/t-shirts
- 1 pair of summer shorts
- 1 light waterfall cardigan
- 2 pairs of sandals (+ flip flops)
- 2 summer hats
- 3 pairs of sunglasses
- Accessories: different jewelery pieces and gold watch
So here are some of the examples of the looks I put together for a typical summer holiday.
Outfit 1: tropical print pants with a cotton t-shirt and gladiator sandals
This look is super comfortable and relaxed yet stylish and polished. You can add funky jewelry and mirrored sunglasses to make it more colorful.
Outfit 2: Stripey dress with gladiator sandals and summer hat
This stripe dress is perfect for summer vacation and can be paired up with pretty much every color.
Outfit 3: Pinstripe cotton shirt with white skinny jeans and gold gladiators
Love, love this outfit. It was so comfortable, chic and appropriate for seaside vacation! Plus, the golden Zara gladiator sandals added a bit of sparkle to it.
Outfit 4: Royal blue off the shoulder dress with gladiator sandals
One of the biggest trends of this summer is off the shoulder (bardot) dress. I got this one from Topshop and love it. Dresses take little space, are particularly easy to style and make a whole outfit. Pair them with beach hat and sunnies during the day or glam them up with evening earrings for going out.
Outfit 5: Flower pattern shorts with blue top, summer hat and gladiator sandals
This was my easy/no fuss beach outfit. Since I knew I would spend most of the day in the car driving or sunbathing on the beach, I wore these flower print shorts with a casual top and summer hat.
Outfit 6: Coral red top with skinny jeans and gold gladiator sandals
I had this top for ages and love wearing it on summer holidays with a pair of skinnies. I added a gold watch and lovely earrings with coral pieces to make the whole look more dressy.
Outfit 7: Skinny jeans with beaded strappy top and waterfall cardigan
This is one of the examples of the going out outfits I wore during the trip. Pairing up casual items with a dressy top and few accessories makes this outfit look effortless.
I hope you found these suggestions useful. Packing light can be a bit of a skill but with some practice, it’s easy to master. Stay stylish and enjoy your summer holidays! xx