“We’re all going on a summer holiday, no more working for a week or 2 ….” will mean something quite different for most of us this year! Preparation is going to be paramount and layering to cover all weather eventualities is key for your Staycation success. In the words of Ranulph Fiennes ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’.
How can you plan for this year’s Staycation?
First, dress for your destination and activities. What will you be doing? Where are you going?
Is it a beach or coastal holiday, a city break; will you be walking, climbing, cycling, camping – there are a variety of wardrobe needs to consider.
Packing for variations in temperature; for the cooler if not cold days, rainy days, ok days, warm and dare I say hot days are part of your preparation. Dressing in your colours and best styles is simple when you know what you are doing as you can mix and match to your heart’s content.
What’s the ideal capsule wardrobe to suit you and your holiday?
This will depend on the weather forecast, where you are going, how many days you are away for and the activities you are planning to do when you are there.
Remember the ratios from your style workbook that gives you maximum number of outfits from the minimum number of items.
Here are some ideas for a week away at the seaside:
1 or 2 pairs of shorts
2 pairs of summer trousers
1 pair of jeans
2 dresses to be worn alone or layered under or over with t-shirts and cardis
3 vests to be worn on their own or under other tops or dresses
5 casual tops
2 costumes or bikinis
2 scarves to use as sarongs or shawls
2 dress rings
2 pairs of earrings
1 pairs of sandals for daytime walking or on the beach
1 pair of trainers
2 pairs of sandals or wedges for evening
Summer bags – day and evening
Sunglasses and sunhat
Waterproof mac or jacket
1 fleece or gilet for layering for cooler days
Specific items for your activities ie walking boots or wellies
Shop in your own wardrobe first
Take the time to go shopping in your own wardrobe. We are often amazed at things that we find that have been forgotten about. The items we only wear in summer can last for years.
Have fun with colour
Revisit your seasonal colours and experiment with lighter coloured neutrals for your big items such as trousers, jean, skirts and shorts. Remember these go with all your basics and colours. Try some of your basics and colour for sandals and bags. And go full-on colour for your tops, sarongs and t-shirts.
Experiment with your style
Consider your personality when you are choosing patterns, fabrics and finishes as these will help you to reflect your personality and will help you to mix and match in an interesting way that is right for your personal style.
Staycation success needs …
A vest or sleeveless top can be worn with shorts, skirts or cut offs in the day and can be layered under blouses/tops or cardis for a smarter and warmer look in the evening.
Summer dresses are a must especially when they can be worn casually in the day with flats or trainers, and can be elevated in the evening with jewellery, wedges or heels plus a summer evening bag. Also, dresses can be layered with T-shirts and cardigans.
Working with a suitable capsule wardrobe to suit your season, style and type of holiday is key to Staycation success.
Taking clothes that will layer and can also be worn alone will help with the unpredictability of the UK weather.
The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy your well-earned rest and time with your family wherever you choose to go and whatever the weather.
Blog written by Lynda May, consultant for Warrington, Leigh, Lymm
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