I am currently holidaying in the Isle of Wight; a slice of the Great British Summer Holiday at its best! If you are holidaying in GB this summer then your biggest adversary is the great (or otherwise) British weather. Yesterday I was sweltering in highs of 25, today it is drizzling, grey and chilly. Pub anyone?. So you have 1 holiday, 1 suitcase and a whole arsenal of changeable weather conditions to contend with. Welcome to the perfect Great British summer wardrobe:
- Blue and white stripes. In any size. On any style top. The magic of packing some nautical style clothes is that they go with pretty much anything, they can be dressed up or down and can be layered really easily.
- Tan accessories - belts/bags/shoes. Again - go with pretty much anything.
- Jeans - skinny, flared or cropped. Flared don't work as well as their cropped companions whilst ferreting around in rock pools but they look great at night with a simple vest and flats or wedges.
- Jacket - I saw a couple of Barbour jackets yesterday slung nonchalantly over shoulders. They were the wax jacket variety and looked great. I have settled for a beige mac. Classy!
- Layering pieces - lambswool jumpers for warmth, hoodies for colour and casual, cardigans for evening.
- Scarves - I LOVE a scarf. I wrapped a cotton H&M scarf round my chilly neck for some beach walks on Sunday (whilst sporting a hoodie and denim shorts) for that extra shot of ...glamour? Pattern? Interest? Well, yes, to all of the above. But most of all for warmth!
- Maxi Dress - ticks all the boxes for evening. And works well with that cardie you packed. Just watch if you are taking that romantic walk at the sea edge - a soggy dress can't half kill the mood.
- Use three main colours (e.g. black, blue, white) then add a couple of accent colours (e.g. red and turquoise). It makes packing a whole load easier and then all your separates work with pretty much anything else.