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The How To: Holiday Packing Guide

The How To: Holiday Packing Guide

Here at FLANNELS we believe there are two types of women in the world. Those for whom holiday prep is all part of the fun, and those who find it the ultimate chore. The former do it weeks, sometimes months in advance, the latter leave it until the airport transfer has pulled up outside the house. Whichever party you fall in to, our guide to packing for any destination will ensure you at least have the right sliders to hand when it comes to last-minute preparations. There can be few things more disappointing than touching down at LAX to find you left your shades at home – or going out to dinner without the right shoes (because you left them under the bed – shoe-related sin of sins.) Even the most reluctant of packers might start to see the appeal upon discovering our ultra-chic but fool-proof guide to packing for every summer destination. Just don’t forget your passport.

Suitcase packed with Zimmermann floral bikini and white dress, white denim shorts, blue Dolce & Gabbanna handbag, Tom Ford sunglasses and Valentino sandals
Suitcase packed with Zimmermann floral bikini and white dress, white denim shorts, blue Dolce & Gabbanna handbag, Tom Ford sunglasses and Valentino sandals

BLISSED-OUT BEACH RETREAT

Spend all year dreaming of beachy bohemia, sunshine, sand and margaritas? Whether you’re heading to the Aegean Islands or kicking back poolside in Tulum, you’re going to need more than one bikini. The Aussie sisters and beachwear queens at Zimmermann are our go-to for ultra-pretty but relaxed warm-weather pieces that combine comfort, fit and style. Their floral two pieces and Guipure lace dresses inspired by the easy-going attitude of Sydney’s Bondi come in pretty shades of pink, white and blue – a beach bum’s dream. Whilst you’ll spend all day in your swimsuit baking yourself to sun-kissed perfection, strolls along the sand and moonlit drinks at the beach club call for dreamy white muslin and Valentino’s Rockstud sandals – leave the heels at home unless you’re headed to the Riviera. Tom Ford shades non-negotiable.

Clockwise from far left: Dress Zimmermann, Bikini Top Zimmermann, Sunglasses Tom Ford, Bag Dolce & Gabbana, Sandals Valentino

Suitcase packed with leopard print Saint Laurent sress, Gucci bee handbag, yellow Dolce & Gabbana handbag, Saint Laurent gold espadrilles, Tom Ford sunglasses and Jimmy Choo wedge sandals
Suitcase packed with leopard print Saint Laurent sress, Gucci bee handbag, yellow Dolce & Gabbana handbag, Saint Laurent gold espadrilles, Tom Ford sunglasses and Jimmy Choo wedge sandals

COASTAL CITY ESCAPE

Combining all the vibrancy of an urban utopia with the laid-back spirit of the beach, surrender to your inner sun worshipper without sacrificing the comforts of city life at summertime destinations like Palma and Miami. Here, the aesthetic is chic and sophisticated with a bohemian twist – think stacked platform heels, gold hardware and floaty dresses in fierce prints. Whilst lounging beside the rooftop pool all day in your Valentino swimsuit is on the to-do list, city breaks inevitably involve pavement-pounding – so a pair of comfortable shoes is key. Saint Laurent’s gilded espadrilles look great with white denim and a leopard print midi dress for the evening, whilst sunshine hues of yellow and bronze from Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana will make your tan sing. Cosmopolitan style re-defined.

Clockwise from bottom left: Wedges Jimmy Choo, Bag Dolce & Gabbana, Dress Saint Laurent, Bag Gucci, Espadrilles Saint Laurent, Sunglasses Fendi

Suitcase packed with floral Zimmermann cut-out dress, yellow Saint Laurent Kate bag, Giuseppe Zanotti white and gold sliders, Saint Laurent sandals and Tom Ford shades

ISLAND LIFE PARTY

Think of this as a hedonist’s guide to holiday packing. A week spent frequenting the local night spots and soaking up the vibe at the most exclusive beachside clubs needs a wardrobe to match. Cut-out dresses in off-beat blooms provide the perfect after-dark ensemble, whilst Saint Laurent’s signature Kate bag in mustard suede – replete with tassels and shiny details – will take you from day to night at even the most glamorous of locations. Ritzy but relaxed, Giuseppe Zanotti’s white and gold sliders work well with the season’s must-have festive accessory – a belt bag. Perfect for wildcard pool parties and more idle occasions, too. Sunglasses are a must for the morning after. One final note: take more dresses than you need – you never know when an impromptu party invitation might arrive.

Clockwise from top left: Bag Dolce & Gabbana, Dress Zimmermann, Sliders Giuseppe Zanotti, Sandals Saint Laurent, Sunglasses Tom Ford, Bag Saint Laurent