12 July 2020

Staycation capsule packing!

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As the school holidays are looming and I imagine lots of us will be staycationing instead of holidaying abroad this year so I thought I'd share some holiday packing tips! I'll admit that I find it more of a challenge trying to cover all British weather eventualities. But hey....it is what it is and we are lucky to be going away. I'm looking for ways to make the best of my wardrobe.

As usual I have also done a video where I talk you through this rail - see here.



I'm just taking away one jacket to go over all the outfits. A khaki shackett is easily the most versatile style in my wardrobe. Khaki goes with just about every colour and this one I have from Topshop that can accommodate layers so it was a no brainer for this holiday.


Topshop shackett - similar here


My first tip is to take a pac-a mac with you. Mine is always stowed in the boot of my car incase of weather emergencies! It is ancient - bought from the menswear department in M&S when I worked there over 20 years ago! It's a zip up jackets that folds into a bag inside itself. Because it's a mens one it fits over my shackett. 

Tip no.2 is to take a dap bag is another item that I've had in my wardrobe for years. As I ride my bike a lot locally this is the ideal way to carry stuff. It's coming on holiday with me because it accommodates the pac-a-mac and a water bottle perfectly. We are off to Devon and we plan to do lots of walking along the Jurassic coastline so this bag will come in very handy indeed!

Onto clothing. I'm trying to keep packing to a minimum so I'm using pieces that are easy to mix and match for maximum usage. The colour palette is cohesive and many of the items are dual purpose i.e I can dress up to wear out on an evening. It is all very weather dependent though. I'll be refreshing that weather app right up until we go and may swap a few bits in and out depending on the forecast.

What to travel in. Something comfy. I'm going for my trusty Adidas track suit bottoms with a black tee and my bandana trekking sandals. I will be taking a black cashmere crew neck sweater in case a warm layer is needed.....and off course my shackett will be thrown over to complete the ensemble.


Weekday black t shirt
Adidas tracksuit bottoms
Red bandana sandals - similar here


I'm mainly taking sweatshirts, t shirts, jeans and shorts. I will link what I can or an alternatives with each picture.

3 sweatshirts
1 grey - goes with everything
1 camo - khaki is neutral and goes with the colour palette
1 tie dye - just because I fancy myself as a bit of a surf chick! 

4 t-shirts
1 plain white tee
1 khaki to go under the camo
1 red for a pop of colour
1 frilly sleeved black dual purpose one to wear day & evening.

4 pairs of jeans
1 white boyfriend jeans
1 blue high waist slim leg 
1 blue boyfriend 
1 blue skinny (I will be taking wellies and a skinny works best with those!)

2 pairs of shorts
1 light blue wash, high waist
1 mid blue, mid rise

2 dresses
1 white beach dress
1 black t shirt dress

So to give you an idea of how I'll be wearing all of this......


Rebecca Minkoff grey sweatshirt
Levis 501 shorts
Pepe white boyfriend jeans - alternative here
H&M blue boyfriend jeans - similar here
Adidas tracksuit bottoms
Red bandana sandals - similar here
Birkenstock - similar here


H&M camo sweatshirt - alternative here (only one I could find anywhere!)
Syrup & Salt khaki t shirt (previous season gift)
Levis 501 shorts
Pepe white boyfriend jeans - alternative here
H&M blue boyfriend jeans - similar here
Adidas tracksuit bottoms
Red bandana sandals - similar here
Birkenstock - similar here


Pull & Bear sweatshirt (£9.99 in the sale!)
Levis white crew neck t shirt - similar
Levis 501 shorts
Pepe white boyfriend jeans - alternative here
H&M blue boyfriend jeans - similar here
Adidas tracksuit bottoms
Birkenstock - similar here


Disko Kids Love t shirt (previous season gift)
Pepe white boyfriend jeans - alternative here
H&M blue boyfriend jeans - similar here
Adidas tracksuit bottoms
Red bandana sandals - similar here
Birkenstock - similar here


Mango ruffle sleeve t shirt - similar here
Pepe white boyfriend jeans - alternative here
H&M blue boyfriend jeans - similar here
Red bandana sandals - similar here
Birkenstock - similar here

A bit dressier for a night at the pub or dinner!


Pull & Bear top
Topshop shorts
Pepe white boyfriend jeans - alternative here
H&M slim jeans
Silver sandals via Etsy
Zara silver bag - alternative here (it's so lush I may have to get one myself!)
Mango round bag - alternative here

Beach to bar - or scorchio days!


M&S white dress - alternative here
Red bandana sandals - similar here
Birkenstock - similar here
Big basket bag - similar here
Mango round bag - alternative here


Gap black dress - similar here
Red bandana sandals - similar here
Birkenstock - similar here
Big basket bag - similar here
Mango round bag - alternative here

The extras

Just in case it's too hot or too cold

Black cashmere sweater
Black camisole


Black cashmere sweater
Black camisole

Being highly ambitious here me-thinks!


Next one shoulder spot swimsuit - similar here
M&S patterned swimsuit (ancient!) - this one is gorgeous and £9 in the sale

Footwear
Red bandana sandals - similar here
Birkenstock - similar here
An old pair of white leather Converse for walking - similar here
Wellies

Bags


Nike dap bag


Zara silver bag - alternative here 
Big straw basket
                                                        Mango round bag - alternative here


And finally.......


M&S pac-a-mac (over my Topshop shackett) - alternative here
Thicker scarf doubles as a wrap - alternative  here
Camo scarf - alternative here
My old pair of white leather Converse for walking - similar here

The chances are that you have similar in your wardrobe. The only thing that is new here is the Pull & Bear tie dye sweatshirt which I bought just for fun. I've tried to be creative as possible to make up a few different outfits and hopefully I covered all possibilities. As I said there probably be a bit of tweaking depending on the forecast!

If you have an holiday tips or tricks please leave me a comment - I would love to hear!

Back next time with what holiday dresses I would have been taking to Crete this year - just in case any of you are off to sunnier climes.

See you soon, Michelle x



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