What to pack for a summer city break? The answer is here.
I love a city break, whether its summer or not, but it does require a little consideration when it comes to packing. The baggage weight limit and an aim to not spend precious hours in the airport, when I could be sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar, means I’m lean when it comes to packing.
I used to take far too much stuff, taking lots of pieces ‘just in case’. Well, those items never get worn, just lugged around, resulting in a sore shoulder. Not the lasting memory of a longed-for trip that I wanted. So, less is definitely more.
First things first, to help narrow your holiday wardrobe pick a colour theme. The one I’ve chosen below focuses on blues with some neutrals thrown in. This means you’re more likely to be able to mix and match what you take. For example, I can wear the cream wide strap top, jeans and blue blazer effortlessly together, as easily as I can wear the printed dress with the blazer (there’s a little blue in the dress).
When it comes to shoes, I would take trainers for lots of walking in the cooler months, but a pair of flat/sturdy sandals that allow my feet to breathe in the summer are perfect. It goes without say, but don’t take new shoes as I’ve done before, because the chemist is often not as near as you think. One pair of flats and one pair of heels will suffice.
You might wonder why I’ve included a jumpsuit, and I’ve opted for a short option here as this is definitely a summer wardrobe idea, but I think short or long they’re a good option because you can wear them casually or with lots of jewellery in the evening. Go for a printed design to add some fun to your holiday options.
The swimsuit has been included for cities with beaches (e.g., Barcelona, Lisbon, Copenhagen) and for those who are staying somewhere with a pool. Don’t forget, brilliantly, a swimsuit can also be worn as a body. This design will look just as good under the blazer as it will pool-side.
What else could I have included? I’ve kept this suitcase lean, but if you’re staying longer than two nights, you can include tailored shorts, a skirt in your choice of length, and a pair of wide leg linen trousers. I would also suggest packing a white and/or black T-shirt and maybe a blue cotton or linen oversized shirt that can also be worn over the other pieces and tied at the waist if the weather cools.
Lastly, I haven’t added one, but there’s always space for a foldaway raincoat! Just in case.
Mango Cotton Shorts Jumpsuit, £35.99
H&M Single Breasted Blazer, £34.99
Next Stretch Flare Jeans, £42.00
& Other Stories Criss Cross Leather Sandal, £85.00
Warehouse Wide Strap Top, £27.00
Black Asymmetric Swimsuit, £55.00
Gingham Cotton Check Dress, £49.99
Zara Printed Midi Dress, £59.99
Zara Tied Heeled Sandals, £45.99
Mango Striped Knit Top, £22.99
Marks & Spencer Broderie Long Sleeve Blouse, £29.50
H&M Blue Small Patterned Bag, £17.99
& Other Stories Ball Charm Hoop Earrings, £15
Mango Tassel Bead Necklace, £19.99
John Lewis & Partners Cat’s Eye Sunglasses, £18.00
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