Creating a NAVY holiday capsule is the most useful and practical choice for everyone.
No matter your coloring, this will work.
Navy and white forms the perfect base allowing you to make it individual and quite unique as you add your own touches of color.
If you've ever worn navy blue knickers and navy blue pinafore dresses to school (they have a lot to answer for!) then, like me, it was probably enough to put you off the color for decades!
Not only that but it was the sort of color that my mother and aunts would wear while I was gravitating towards the much more sophisticated BLACK!
But in recent years navy has become a mainstay of mine and, although it took me a long time to realise, it's actually a lot easier to wear than black.
It's earned it's place as a leader in the fashion stakes too in it's many different guises and variations.
Navy or dark blue appears in every color palette and is the most useful of all the neutrals because it can be worn with every other color!
My choice for a comfortable and easy travel outfit forms a base from which you can create a simple navy holiday capsule.
It's also an eminently sensible and practical color choice!
There is a version of navy in every color palette which makes it easy to co-ordinate. It's a universal color and flatters practically everyone in one version or another.
Furthermore, there are very few places this classic ensemble will not take you.
Denim blue, whether light or deep, is now considered a neutral color. In just the same way, wearing denim has become completely acceptable whatever our age.
While jeans have traditionally been considered as casual wear, dark toned jeans have now been promoted to the 'smart casual' bracket.
A classic pair of well fitted dark toned jeans will now allow you to be welcome into all but the most elite of establishments.
Travel outfit from Marks and Spencer
It's easy to get hung up about matching colors but not necessary because this is the most easy-going of the neutrals.
A soft marine blue through to the strongest almost black/blue navy, light denim through to the deepest indigo - a change of fabric gives a change of texture and all the colors sit happily together.
Travel is becoming more and more expensive and many of us will try to cope with just a carry-on.
It's easy to condense down to the minimum if you follow the idea of a navy holiday capsule teamed with white. A few simple pieces that mix and match will easily see you through a week's holiday for casual days and informal evenings whatever your natural coloring.
This unusual and pretty swimsuit (with tummy control) has a panel of Cool pink and Warm orange (it's plain navy at the back), so whatever your coloring it's ready to fit and flatter.
To personalise, add some touches of color that suit you best from your own color palette.
If your color direction is Summer or Winter, add a couple of favorite Cool shades to perk up the navy holiday capsule.
I've added a pretty lilac tank and a bright pink beach cover up. Both sit beautifully within the navy / white framework and complement the other pieces. Alternatively, choose a deep sea green or hot turquoise, both look fabulous against navy and white.
If your color direction is Spring or Autumn then your colors are Warm so look to your own color palette.
I've added a beautiful coral tank and vibrant orange beach dress which complement and bring life to the crisp navy and white. Red, violet or even a strong lime would be perfect holiday companions.
Although it's often neglected as an Autumn/Winter color, it's featured strongly in designer collections in both New York and London this Fall.
So any basics that you add to your wardrobe during the Summer months can be expected to continue to earn their keep and keep on working for you right through the year.
NAVY PEONY, featured in the Pantone
Report Fall 2017, may be a slightly softened version but any navy will provide a perfect foil for the brighter accent colors of your palette.