When you love fashion, packing light doesn’t come easy; even with a holiday checklist, cramming your favourite seasonal pieces into one case rarely seems feasible. The best way to approach it is to invest in a handful of so-called ‘beach-to-bar’ outfits; staple items that can be rolled up into your beach bag and thrown on when you head out in the evening. So, forego the extra luggage charge with these 5 holiday must-haves.
The day-to-night dress
A free-flowing maxi dress should be your first port of call when it comes to beach-to-bar dressing. They’re easy to slip on over your swimwear when you head out in the morning, but still look smart enough for the night time too; embellished or printed styles bridge the gap between day and evening wear, though you can embolden the look further with some statement jewellery. Keep a lightweight cardigan or cover up in your bag in case the temperature dips once the sun has gone down.
The fancy flats
Minimise your luggage by packing fewer shoes; one or two pairs of dressy sandals will see you through. You’re probably not going to be wearing the same shoes you travelled in for the duration of your holiday, and you’ll only need one pair of sandals or flip flops for the beach. Swap out your beach-worn flats for a fancier pair when you’re about to leave, and hit the bar with stylish (and sand-free) feet. Embellished or metallic flat sandals are particularly good options for the evening, since they have a Grecian aesthetic that’s suited to warmer climes.
The printed wide leg trousers
Defined by loose silhouettes, ethnic prints and lightweight fabrics such as cotton gauze, the boho trend is one of the easiest to work into your holiday wardrobe. A pair of printed wide leg trousers are easy to wear for almost every holiday scenario; you can wear them as a beach cover-up, or pair with a dainty blouse or cami vest for the evening. Choose a tie-waist style that sits high for a flattering finish.
The throw-on jumpsuit
Jumpsuits were made for warm weather; effortless and easy-to-wear, they couldn’t be more appropriate for both beach and bar. Plus, as one of the easiest outfits to slot into your luggage, they’re a great space-saving option too. Embrace the spirit of summer with a printed design; paisley patterns have a bohemian allure that’s sure to complement your other holiday staples.
The statement jewellery set
In-between packing your clothes, toiletries and shoes, it’s easy to forget about smaller accessories. Though by bringing along some statement jewellery, you can instantly transform your beach time basics into elegant evening ensembles. It’s something you can introduce into your everyday style too; adding a statement necklace or some chandelier earrings to any simple combo (jeans and a t-shirt, plain jersey maxi dress, tailored trousers and a vest top) will instantly lift the look – just in time for those post-work drinks.