It only takes eight items (and a few standard basics) to see you through a sun holiday in style. Forget the drama of dragging an over-stuffed suitcase to check-in. Simply carry-on your perfectly curated capsule wardrobe instead. Here's what you need to look super-stylish in the sun.
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.
Bikini top, €48 at Cos
High-waisted bikini bottoms, €29 at Cos
Pack one exquisite item, such as a silk dress, for evening. This can be layered over tank tops and worn with a sarong wrapped around it to create different looks. The fluid cut of this pleated dress will offer real drama when you walk around.
Pleated maxi dress, €49.95 at Zara
A kaftan will multi-task for you; it's a day dress, a top if you tie it at the hem, evening wear when glammed up with accessories and a beach cover up during the day..
Open weave kaftan, €45.95 at Zara
It may be a capsule wardrobe cliche but a sarong can multitask as a scarf, belt or even a towel. Google how to tie a sarong and you'll find a multitude of different outfits can be created around this humble garment.
Leopard print cotton voile sarong, Eres, €215 at net-a-porter.com
One piece of statement jewellery can transform your look from day to night. I love these multi-coloured earrings as they'll work with anything.
Drop earrings, €17 at riverisland.com
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.
Cashmere sweater, Cashmere In Love, €463 (reduced from €579) at farfetch.com
Forget about buckling and untying shoe straps. Go for a versatile, no-fuss pair of mules instead. Then make them multitask by opting for a metallic shade or metallic detailing that will work for day and night.
Gold weave sandals, €32 at Topshop
Choose a beach bag that can weather the tidal wave of sand, sea and sun lotion. This raffia-effect tote is water-resistant so ideal for bringing to the beach. Take it on the plane with your carry-on and pack it with a couple of glitzy mini bags for evening.
Striped raffia-effect tote, Truss, €236 at net-a-porter.com
Holding shot: River Island