Holiday Wardrobe for a stress-free getaway!

Do you plan your holiday wardrobe or just pack the entire wardrobe? Most of us bring home items that we haven't worn proving that we pack far too much. 

This is a good color palette if you are a WINTER, COOL or BRIGHT

Even if you just have Cool coloring, the sunshine always allows you to wear your brightest fun colors, particularly if you have a bit of a tan.

Black, white, pink and turquoise are a vibrant choice. Throw in a bit of purple too - these are the brightest tones from the Cool palette and are cheerful for holiday time.  

You'll often fine these colors together in a stripe or a print, rather like the swimsuit, which allows you to team your colors into lots of different outfits. 

Keep it simple for the widest amount of mix and match opportunities. Go with your own style and  ensure that you fit your own body type and dress for your shape.

Although my packing list varies slightly from year to year, none of us need a different outfit every single day so if you plan your colors carefully you can choose garments that are interchangeable.

Most important of all, pack only items that you like and make you feel comfortable and you'll always look your best.

Decide on a color theme

The secret is to decide on a color theme that works for you and suits your natural coloring.

If you've had your colors analyzed you'll know your favorites already - if not, it's easy with Online Color Analysis to find your own best holiday colors.

Choose your best neutral, a light shade and one or two brights that work together.

Navy works for everyone!

Holiday tan, sunshine, a fun atmosphere - this is the time when you can wear and enjoy the brightest tones of your own color palette to create your holiday wardrobe. 

Every item must work with at least two or three other things to earn it's place in your suitcase!

Navy works for just about everyone and you can make it individual by adding your own colors to bring it to life!

Or just choose your own favorite neutral from your color palette.

Holiday wardrobe - Spring colors #packing for holiday

and the rules...

  • Pack light, overweight costs are high and too many items are confusing anyway
  • Choose one good neutral to simplify your holiday wardrobe as I've outlined in the color schemes below.  Deep tones will hide a multitude of sins for travel and beach
  • Add in your lightest neutral - white, ivory or cream - then two or three of your brightest shades. Everything must go with 2 or 3 other items
  • Put everything in sets into outfits to check they all work before you go
  • If you need a heavier jacket or shoes use them for travel
  • Use tote bag for travel to double as a beach bag and clutch bag inside for evening
  • Pack only what makes you look and feel good at home - you don't lose weight on holiday

Flattering swimwear first

If your holiday has anything to do with the beach, swimming, cruise or even a spa, then a flattering swimsuit and beach cover are the essential items to top your packing list.

Forget the latest fashion or colors, choose the best shapes and styles you can to enhance your own figure. The prettiest coverups will take you from beach to bar to lunch. 

Choose flattering swimwear first...

  • this is the ultimate item that needs to flatter your figure
  • then choose a pretty cover up to take you to lunch or the bar
  • Choose your accessories around these main items

Versatile items for maximum mileage...

  • use cotton shirts as a blouse, jacket or beach cover up
  • a plain tank used in the daytime can be dressed up for evening
  • take a good sized tote bag to travel and double up as a beach bag
  • a pretty makeup bag can double up as a small evening clutch

Do take lots of...

  • underwear, you'll need to change far more often than usual
  • lightweight, light colored tees or sun tops - you'll always have something clean and fresh

Don't worry about taking linen...

  • Don't shy away from taking linen or, even better, a linen mix - it's fresh and cool. Even the lowliest motel rooms will provide ironing facilities these days. 

Holiday wardrobe Color Capsules - which one for you?


  • Use tan or beige as a neutral
  • Try coral pink and turquoise or aqua as accent colors - use a bright ivory to bring everything together

Holiday wardrobe - Spring colors #packing for holiday
Holiday wardrobe - Summer colors #packing for holiday


  • Light navy makes a great neutral at any time of the year
  • Accent colors of soft white, lavender and / or rose pink are pretty and flattering


  • Rich chocolate brown makes a beautiful neutral
  • Use stunning orange and teal as bright accent colors and a rich ivory to bring your holiday wardrobe together

Holiday wardrobe - Summer colors #packing for holiday

This is my list - try it in your colors and styles...

This is a list for when I'm covering a city break and beach holiday together. 

Travel clothes

  • black linen trousers
  • white tee shirt
  • ivory lightweight jacket, creaseless
  • comfortable shoes or sandals

Beach clothes

  • 2 swimsuits or bikinis
  • toning shirt for protection
  • cover up dress, practical and pretty

Casual wear

  • black or navy cut off trousers/shorts
  • grey striped cut off trousers/shorts
  • t-shirts in white, pink and purple
  • few strappy tops in same colors
  • zip up fleece

Smarter wear

  • black linen trousers (worn to travel)
  • black tank top
  • white trousers
  • white tank top
  • 2 pretty tops
  • 2 easy dresses maxi or short
  • smarter sandals
  • add: bright linen shirt from swimwear to top tank


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