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Shelley Jackson’s Holiday Style  

The stylist shows us how to pull together a considered capsule wardrobe for your next summer getaway. 

Going on holiday is the best, but trying to cram all your favourite outfits into your suitcase most definitely isn’t. Indeed, the anxiety of figuring out what to pack (and how to make it all fit) can put a bit of a damper on your pre-getaway excitement. 

Whether you're someone who starts packing a week ahead of time or like me waits until the last minute, these ideas will ensure that your favourite items don’t get wrinkled and you pack everything you’ll need.  

One of my best packing tips is to think about outfits rather than items. This will mean that once you arrive at your destination, you'll have a really strong wardrobe that works for your holiday style. 

So, with outfits in mind, one of the first things I think about is the colour scheme. The benefit of limiting the colours of a travel capsule is that you can easily match everything with everything. I chose a beautiful selection of pieces from Seasalt in navy and green with red accessories. I love how these all go together perfectly and you can make numerous outfits from the few select pieces.  

I then lay everything out on my bed and put the outfits together. That way you can see all the different ways you can style each item whilst away. An evening look, a beach look, a shopping look etc.  

One of the things that has transformed my packing life is packing cubes. They not only create more space for you in your luggage — so you have room to pack everything you need — but they keep items in better condition during travel (less wrinkled, dry, and clean). To prevent creases and make the most of your space I like to use the roll method. Lay tops facedown, fold in the sleeves and roll from the bottom up. For pants, put the legs together and roll from the waist down. 

Another top tip is to put the outfit you want to wear on arrival at the top of your suitcase so you can reach for it quickly.  

When it comes to summer, you can't beat a cotton dress. This one is beautifully lightweight and easy to wear - it's perfect for so many things, from a day's sightseeing to slipping over swimwear on the beach.  

Stripes are an enduring motif that never date, so this is a style I know I'll pull out year after year, so elegant. 

These shorts are classic navy and a good length for all shapes and sizes and can be worn for any occasion. 

You can find Shelley on her Instagram @_shelleyloves

Written by Shelley Jackson

Shelley is a fashion stylist, influencer and blogger. Her refined outfits expertly combine pattern, texture and colour.