Summer Holiday Buys to Lighten the Load

By: Maxine Sheppard

June 29, 2011

Bulging suitcases and overstuffed carry-on bags – we’ve probably all been guilty of this at one time or another. A last minute packing frenzy can often lead to everything we own ending up in our luggage.


So what are some of this season’s top fashion buys for a stylish break in the sun that won’t see us schlepping our entire wardrobe halfway round the world? In this guest post, we turn to fashion editor Charlene Campbell of Style News for advice on the best way to travel light.


A holiday wardrobe that works

Tiered chiffon dress £150 Supertrash available at House Of Fraser

Tiered chiffon dress £150 Supertrash at House Of Fraser


Summer’s here and for your beach destinations you’ll need some on trend looks for a holiday wardrobe that works for you. Lighten your load this summer and pack the essentials with our Beach Holiday Low Pack Guide.

Designers have been kind to our wardrobes this season, pairing trends in single outfits making stunning combos easily achievable.

Alberta Ferretti had the maxi dress and playsuits on her style radar for the catwalk collection and with floral being the signature of the season, Supertrash’ Tiered Chiffon approach at House of Fraser for £150 is a wardrobe staple buy.

This long lean silhouette style is a big hit with celebrities and certainly the most versatile statement look to own for the seventies trend revolution.


Boho style

Add French Connection’s Afghan Embroidery Gilet to your maxi for the ultimate transformation and head to your party destinations in true boho style. For pain free fun in the sun, flats are always the way to go. Opt for Office’ Sweetie Sandal priced at £50 for a shoe that will pair with your day looks and carry through to after hours.



French Connection Afghan Sleeveless Gilet £77 and Office Sweetie Sandal £50

French Connection Afghan Sleeveless Gilet £77 and Office Sweetie Sandal £50


For pool side chic, we’ve picked a classic two piece that features the pop colour trend for Spring/Summer 11. Guaranteed to show off your bronze skin, team with ASOS Blue Round Sunglasses for a block contrast in retro glamour.


ASOS Blue Round Sunglasses £12 and Topshop Yellow Lycra Bikini £28

ASOS Blue Round Sunglasses £12 and Topshop Yellow Lycra Bikini £28


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Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the co-editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.

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