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The wardrobe whisperer How to pack for a proper holiday

‘Help me pack for a “proper” holiday’ — Ellen

- Bethan Holt Fashion news & features director

QI’ve booked a last-minute holiday abroad, now that it’s finally feasible (hopefully), and I need outfits! I’m excited to wear proper ‘holiday’ clothes again, but I’m finding that a lot is already sold out. Please can you help me seek out a few things to pack? I don’t want to spend too much, but can splash out on something special.

AGood for you, Ellen! There’s only one thing more exciting than going on a sunny getaway and that’s planning all the lovely things you can take with you .

But I know what you mean –there’snottheusu­alchoice this year because retailers were unable to predict whether we’d be able to go away at all, and it still feels touch and go at times, doesn’t it?

Let’s begin with the special purchases. I love the website Beach Flamingo, which curates an edit of under-the-radar labels with a niche in ‘resortwear’. Here you’ll find statement swimwear and coverthat ups would be fabulous toweartodi­nneraswell­aspotterin­g on the beach. I love this ultra-versatile skirt/dress by Evarae (below), which can be worn as a dramatic maxi-skirt orpulledup­asacover-updress.

Also have a look at the ‘dressfor ing sun’ edit on matchesfas­, which includes everything from printed sundresses to statement sunnies and beach bags.

Once you’ve found your standout purchase, build around that with high-street buys in similar colours and patterns, so that you can coordinate easily while you’re away. There is some brilliant affordarou­nd able swimwear this seapartner­s son. John Lewis & has a great edit, with pieces that are as flattering as they are exciting, whether you prefer one-pieces or bikinis – the top of this animal print bikini (below) comes in bust sizes, so you can mix and match for the perfect fit. Some smaller brands already seem to have moved on to autumn collection­s, but bigger stores like Next, Zara and M&S still have some lovely dress options. This maxi wrap dress from Next (left) says passeggiat­a with a gelato to me. Many people are scared of shorts, but they’re so useful for pulling on by the pool or sightlinen, seeing – H&M’S elasticome cated-waist style in several prints and colours and have a forgiving cut that will skim the tops of your legs. Finally, the accessorie­s. Try some fun slip-on sandals like Boden’s pretty raffia ones as a beach-to-bar solunothin­g tion. And screams holiday like a big straw hat (which will also protect your face and hair from those strong rays) – see you at check-in.

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