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the holiday edit - what to pack for your summer holidays

The level of excitement in our house is reaching fever pitch as we are about to go on our Summer holiday! I'm glad everyone else is getting excited as I still have the daunting task of packing for everyone- three boys, one husband and lastly, little ole me! There is nothing more I love than enjoying a well earned sunny break but sometimes the planning it takes to get there can make it quite stressful. But over the years I've honed my packing skills and I feel like a bit of a pro packer, the key to it all is planning your outfits and making a list. One of the most common mistakes made whilst getting ready for a holiday is packing too much into your suitcase. Not only is it often not necessary to take so many clothes and accessories, but it can also cost you money if your suitcase ends up weighing more than your allocated luggage allowance.

Not my suitcase -obviously!

Not my suitcase -obviously!

One of my stead-fast rules is don't pack anything you wouldn't wear at home, which is why I try on everything before I pack to ensure that year on year it still fits or it still fits into my holiday wardrobe. Making my holiday wardrobe work together is slightly harder as you are so limited to space than in your wardrobe at home. I try and pack in outfits for the evening or any daytime trips we have planned. I lay everything out and try and make items work with two different pieces that I am taking. At the last point before packing the bag, I always take 2-3 items out as they will never see the light of day.

But every year there are always a couple of things I like to buy new for my holiday, whether they are on trend, I need to update or I just have to have it...here are my 5 holiday must-have's.

1. The Jumpsuit

I am so in love with this chambray denim jumpsuit that it's been on my 'have to have' list for a couple of weeks now. It's from French brand Sezane, who function entirely online and ship around the world. This jumpsuit is not the only thing I love on their website, they have some gorgeous printed shirts, elegant dresses and some great casual tops for your daily wardrobe - I urge you to check it out as they sell out fast.

Sezane Jeanna Jumpsuit 135 euros

Sezane Jeanna Jumpsuit 135 euros

2. The cutwork dress

I have to confess, my cutwork dress that I did buy a few weeks back from &other stories has sold out and this is what they have replaced it with. I did buy it in black, even though a white cutwork dress is the biggest trend right now, I just thought I would get more wear out of a darker colour. I can't wait to wear mine with a denim jacket, bright coloured sandles and a fab clutch bag for evening and daytime with my hat, sunglasses and beach bag slung over my shoulder. So versatile and I will definitely be wearing back at home too!

Cut-out embroidery dress £95.00

Cut-out embroidery dress £95.00

 

3. The shorts

Unless you're under the age of 25 hot pants aren't really going to cut it and with the choice being so limited in the short department, finding a suitable pair that look good, are stylish and give you the coverage you need can be really difficult and frustrating. I've spent a lot of time recently researching options for clients who don't want to have half of their bottom hanging below the hemline of their shorts (!) and so far, this style from Boden offers everything you might be looking for. They come in a range of colours but the best thing about them is you can choose what leg length you want: 4", 6" and 9". Size wise they start at a 6 and go up to a 22.

Boden chino shorts £42.50

Boden chino shorts £42.50

 

4. The Hat

If you don't fancy wearing your sun hat at the airport, make sure you pack it with the inside full of something like lingerie or socks to help it keep its shape. I have been wearing a hat in the UK for a number of years now so it's worth purchasing and having one for those random hot days we have here! This year I decided to treat myself to a new one, and at £20 I couldn't resist the price of this Oliver Bonas fedora hat with the bright yellow stripe.

Oliver Bonas neon Rosie fedora hat £20.00

Oliver Bonas neon Rosie fedora hat £20.00

5. The bag

I am a sucker for a good bag, a good beach bag to hold EVERYTHING you could possibly need it in...the list is endless with kids right? This one from Madewell ticks so many boxes and is a perfect size for trips to the beach, lunch at the bar and day trips out. I'm not sure I'll need to buy a new one ever again. It also comes in a red and cream option.

Madewell Amalfi Jacquard Tote £37.86

Madewell Amalfi Jacquard Tote £37.86

Lastly, always take a pair of sunglasses with you! Mirrored lenses, cat-eyes and tortoiseshell styles are all hits for summer. Remember to pack in your hand luggage so when you step off the plane you are holiday-ready. Boom.

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How to ROCK the rucksack!

Not just any old rucksack, The Rucksack, Burberry and preferably monogrammed. Yep I've fallen hook, line & sinker for Burberry's latest must have accessories piece for SS16. First sent down the catwalks, this bag was instantly a hit.

You can get it monogrammed with your name, initials or anything you want at the Burberry Store in London.

You can get it monogrammed with your name, initials or anything you want at the Burberry Store in London.

You might of already spotted the SS16 accessory on the backs of some style icons and it's making me need it even more! But at a price tag of £795, I'm not sure I will splashing out anytime soon!

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

Cara Delvinge

Cara Delvinge

So I must look for another alternative (I'm not sure there is one!), so I look to the high-street and see what they have to offer to ease my pain. See below for my top picks to snap up now...

1. Zara £35.99

Sometimes though nothing can beat the original...

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COOL CLUTCHES

Clutch bags are fast becoming the new must-have accessory du jour. Practice your clutch control with Edits guide to directional clutch bags that address every fashion challenge. So much more than statement bags...

Check out Edits cool clutches pinterest board for more inspiration on how to wear your clutch with your outfit- bascially anything goes! https://www.pinterest.com/EditsStyling/cool-clutches/

Top 5 Edits wishlist

1. Next print zip clutch £14

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Edits 5 essential winter pieces

Edits list of 5 pieces that you need for winter to update your wardrobe.

1: The Bag

The backpack has made a comeback this year. Not only are they stylish, but they’re great for back health too. We all know that we carry everything we need, what our kids need and what we don’t need, and this often leads to heavy bags. A backpack will distribute the weight evenly over the shoulders, as opposed to one arm or shoulder taking the load. So, really it’s a matter of health that you buy a rucksack this season. This Reiss Iris Shearling Rucksack is black and made of gorgeous soft leather. This stylish bag has a drawstring top, folds over and secures with a gold metal plaque and popper. It has a single shoulder strap to the top and detachable double straps to the back.

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    See Fern Cotton rocking this trend with her  Beara Beara  rucksack.

See Fern Cotton rocking this trend with her Beara Beara rucksack.

2: The Fur Coat

Just as the name suggests this Furry Floss Jacket in Chocolate Raccoon by Unreal Fur is made from a soft modal blended fabric but has the same appearance and feel of real fur. Wear yours over your LBD for a sophisticated evening style or for a casual look with Jeans and biker boots. This will keep you warm all winter long.

Furry Floss Faux Fur Jacket. Available at The Dressing Room

3: The Boots

The biker boot is this season's choice for everyday wear. Studs and zip detailing make these boots even more desirable. Team with skinny jeans or add an edge to your look with tights and winter dresses.

Sam Edelman Black Bevin Biker Boot available at Anna

See how the celebrities are wearing them on the elleuk.com blog

4: The Skirt

This is the new must-have shape; this circle skirt in faux leather is the perfect wardrobe update. Leather Luxe is one of this season’s hottest trends. This midi length skirt will look great with any bright coloured tee, shell top or knitwear piece for daywear. Alternatively it can be dressed up for evening with a glam top, statement necklace and high heels. Wear this essential skirt shape season after season.

See the catwalk inspiration for this season’s hottest piece of clothing on the Guardian fashion pages

5: The Scarf

Becksondergaard Supersize nova scarf available at  Atterley Road

Becksondergaard Supersize nova scarf available at Atterley Road

A BeckSondergaard scarf has become an essential part of anyone’s wardrobe and addition to any look. Dappled in oversized stars, this burgundy Supersized Nova scarf instantly injects a new season feel. Bang on trend with the colour combination of maroon and grey this can make any plain top look exciting. Wear in the daytime for a stylish injection of chic or wear for an evening with friends and I guarantee everyone will ask you where your scarf is from.

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