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Dress for Less: Packing Light for Summer Holiday

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.

packing summer holiday

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

packing summer holiday

T-shirt: River Island; pants: H&M; hat: H&M; gladiator sandals: Ugg; sunglasses: New Look; necklace: Zara (old).

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

packing summer holiday

Dress: H&M (old), similar here; gladiator sandals: Ugg; hat: (old); sunglasses: Rayban; necklace: Zara (old); bag: Fossil.

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

packing summer holiday

Jeans: River Island; shirt: H&M (old), similar here; sandals: Zara; hat: H&M; sunglasses: Trip (sold out), similar here.

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

packing summer holiday

packing summer holiday

Dress: Topshop; sandals: Zara; hat: H&M; earrings: Ottoman Hands (old), similar here.

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 sandalsDSC01961

packing summer holiday

Shorts: Primark, similar here; top: old, similar here hat: H&M; sunglasses: Trip (sold out), similar here; gladiator sandals: Ugg; bag: Fossil.

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

packing summer holiday

Top: Next (old), similar here; jeans: River Island; sunglasses: New Look; watch: Anne Klien (old), similar here; earrings: (old).

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

packing summer holiday

Beaded top: H&M; jeans:River Island; sandals: Ugg; waterfall cardigan: (old), similar here.

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.

Other combinations

packing summer holiday

packing summer holiday

packing summer holiday

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

packing summer holiday

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