1 Colour co-ordinated bikinis are the bedrock of your capsule holiday wardrobe. They’ll take up minimal space in your bag and can be mixed and matched for a fresh look every day. Include a couple of tankinis too, as they can serve as cropped tops for evening paired with a maxi skirt or palazzo pants.
2 Bring one standout piece. Bikinis and sarongs will work for the beach and poolside lunches, but pack one exquisite item, such as a pair of silk trousers, for evening. Pair with your cashmere knit on one evening and a tankini and blazer (perfect worn on the plane to prevent a chill) on another.
3 It may be a capsule wardrobe cliché, but a sarong can multitask as a scarf, belt or even a towel. In fact, if you Google “how to tie a sarong”, you’ll find a multitude of different outfits that can be created around this humble piece. Having said that, there’s nothing unassuming about Proenza Schouler’s cotton voile sarong, €515 at www.net-a-porter.com.
4 Always bring a hat. Not only is a sun hat part of your sun protection regime, it’s a chic finishing touch to any outfit. We love this striped trilby, €12 at Next . It’s edgier than a traditional sun hat, plus pink stripes offer a fresher take on traditional nautical blue.
5 Whether you’re heading to Sydney or Sardinia, bring a knit for evenings. Invest in a featherweight cashmere or a merino wool; they’ll look super-chic for evenings and will see you through winter too. Try J.Crew’s cashmere cardigan sweater, or Lucy Nagle’s ivory merino wool cropped cardigan, €189 at Brown Thomas
6 Forget about buckling and untying shoe straps – go for a versatile, no-fuss slip-on instead. Then make
it multitask by opting for a metallic shade that will work for day and night. FitFlop’s micro-crystal leather sandal has a metallic finish and a band of shining micro-crystals for a little extra bling. But even better, they have dual density midsoles – perfect for soothing sand-ravaged feet, €65 at www.fitflop.eu
7 Pare back the number of lotions and potions you take with you by substituting your regular body moisturiser, make-up remover and lip balm with coconut oil. This one-stop wonder can also double as
a cuticle softener, hair mask and under-eye cream. We love Vita Coco’s Coconut Oil – as the packaging says, “Eat it, Wear it, Swear by it!”
8 Choose a beach bag that can weather the tidal wave of sand, sea and sun lotions. This woven plastic tote by Finds is made from sturdy yet malleable woven plastic, and it’s water- resistant too. Even better,
a portion of the profits
are returned to a weaving community in Oaxaca in Mexico, which make the bags. Plus, it’s chic enough to use for day or evening, €184.50 at www.net-a-porter.com