As you struggle to zip closed your overflowing suitcase (if you’re anything like me) full of cute summer dresses, shorts, t-shirts and sandals, you realise there’s nothing in there to wear once the night draws in.
You open up the suitcase again, stare at it for a while and consider – how exactly are you going to fit jackets, jeans and jumpers in there too?
Well, you won’t have to. Not if you follow these holiday tips for keeping snug when the sun goes down.
A light jacket
No matter which hot destination you’re jetting off to, when the sun goes down the heat fizzles out too, and although you should still be warm enough in your summer dress, you may start to feel an unwelcome chill.
Enter the light jacket, the perfect way to keep warm while looking cool. Women’s’ jackets don’t need to be big and bulky for holiday wear – a simple parka, a blazer or even some sumptuous leather will do the trick. Best of all, you’ll only need to bring one if you choose wisely. Go for a neutral colour such as pastels, khaki or black to ensure your jacket will match any outfit.
A light jacket should be easily rolled into a suitcase or stuffed into your handbag so you don’t have to worry about the extra weight either.
Your flip-flops and gladiator sandals will look great during the day, but heeled sandals will bring your look from daytime to cocktail hour with virtually no change needed to your outfit.
Your simple summer dress will take on a whole new dimension with some heels – add some jewellery and let your hair down for a look that’s ready to take on the town – no change of clothes required!
A fine knit
A loose-fitting jumper in a fine knit that allows your skin to breathe can be a lifesaver as an after dark addition to your outfit. Slip it over your dress or team it with shorts over a strappy top to take away the evening chill and keep you looking cool.
To avoid over-packing, opt for a simple grey or white knit that will go with everything. You can afford to be bold with some hot coral or orange hues if you know you’ll be in denim shorts most of the time anyway.
If you’re heading out for a night on the town, don’t go in something you know will wrinkle easily, like linen or even cotton. One of your holiday staples should be dresses or skirts and tops made from softer materials such as silk and satin, which won’t wrinkle easily and will look great against your bronzed skin in the city lights. A silk dress is timeless and versatile, and can easily take you from a day of shopping and sightseeing right through to cocktail hour.
A good alternative is even a simple jersey pencil skirt – the material is easy to wear and the refined shape of a pencil skirt makes it the perfect day-to-evening look.