Lightening the load: the perfect beach holiday wardrobe

This post is as much for me, as it is for my lovely readers.  If you were to ask the Domestic Prince about my holiday wardrobe, he would tell you that I take far too much and only wear half of what I pack.  I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love going on holiday, but no matter how excited I am about going on my holibobs, packing causes me a great amount of stress and a lot of deliberation.  I want to look great on the beach and fabulous in the evening, as well as making sure I have warmer clothes in case the weather turns, which in today’s unpredictable climate, is quite likely!  The later I leave my packing, the worse it actually gets, as I end up throwing things in, “just in case”.

So, by writing this post, I’m hoping to streamline my holiday wardrobe, take the hard work out for you, and show you the perfect beach holiday wardrobe.

What to pack for a two-week beach holiday

  • Maxi dress
  • Smart dress
  • Plain dress, which can be dressed-up with jewellery
  • Beach cover-up x 3
  • Day-time shorts x 2
  • Vest / t-shirt x 2
  • Bikini / swimsuit/ tankini x 5
  • Cropped trousers x 2
  • Skirt x 1
  • Jeans x 1
  • Evening top x 2
  • Work-out gear
  • Cardigan / wrap (you can wear this to travel in)
  • Flip flops
  • Wedges
  • Flat sandals
  • Trainers
  • Beach bag
  • Clutch bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Scarf – can be used a wrap

  1. Swarovski t-bar leather sandal, £35 from Accessorize
  2. Leather square buckle clutch, £60 from ASOS
  3. Plain white scarf, £17.99 from Zara
  4. Ivory strappy wdges, £45 from Next
  5. Aubin & Wills Patrickson bag, £65 from Net-A-Porter
  6. Tom Ford brown tortoiseshell sunglasses, £145 from My-Wardrobe
  7. Floppy straw hat with polka dot under brim, £18 from ASOS
  8. Slim white Havaianas, £20 from Havainas

  1. Sequin t-shirt dress, £80 from Topshop
  2. Navy linen waterfall cardigan, £65 from The White Company
  3. Grey belted chinos, £24.50 from Wallis
  4. Cream shift dress, £28 from Dorothy Perkins
  5. Kelly sequin top, £77 from Reiss
  6. Guipure lace skirt, £39.99 from Zara
  7. Sateen white cropped trousers, £55 from Banana Republic
  8. Red skinny jeans, £16.99 from New Look
  9. Beth cream top, £125 from Reiss
  10. Navy leaf print maxi dress, £22.40 from Dorothy Perkins
  11. Slim cropped trousers, £29.95 from GAP
 
  1. Double-layer jersey vest tunic dress, £65 from The White Company
  2. Long Island rope v-neck kaftan, £180 from Heidi Klein
  3. Bali bikini, £180 from Heidi Klein
  4. Skirt suit, £26 from Next
  5. White bikini, £20  from Oasis
  6. Pour Moi? Azure bikini, £33.60 from ASOS
  7. Seafolly Goddess swimsuit, £85 from John Lewis
  8. Fluro embroidered beach dress, £38 from Warehouse
  9. Navy striped vest top, £5.99 from H&M
  10. White vest top, £5.99 from H&M
  11. Casual shorts, £18 from Oasis
  12. Stone 5″ chino shorts, £29.33 from J Crew

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. Start with a list (I LOVE a list).  To make your lives easier, I’ve created a checklist for you to keep and print off:  Beach holiday wardrobe checklist.  You can thank me later.
  2. If you’re travelling with other people, mix up each other’s clothes between suitcases – if one goes missing, you’ll have at least one outfit to wear!
  3. Pack flip-flops, trainers and wedges at the bottom of your case.
  4. Roll-up swimwear, t-shirts and pack them around the edges of your case.
  5. Look for beach cover-ups that are easy to remove and replace.
  6. Only take clothes that you really love wearing and are comfortable in.
  7. Travel in your heaviest clothes and shoes.
  8. Think about investing in a Kindle – the weight of four books is the equivalent of 5 bikinis and a maxi dress!
  9. Put your bathroom bag in a carrier bag.
  10. Sellotape the tops of sun screens and moisturisers, to help prevent any leakages.
After writing this post, I think I’m all set for my holibobs and there won’t be any last minute, anxiety filled packing episodes!  Have you got any packing tips that you can share with us?

I hope you’ve found this post helpful and don’t forget to print off the checklist next time you’re off on holiday!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Drip Drip Drop Little April Showers

Hello!  And welcome to Wednesday’s post.

With the weather in the UK this week truly embracing the “April Showers”, I thought today’s post would be very apt!  And if I wasn’t sweltering in 97F heat in India, I would absolutely be hot-footing it to the mecca that is Harrods and quite frankly my spiritual home, to pick-up either of these Burberry trenches (1 & 2 below), which I have been lusting after for many years.

My desire for a Burberry trench has been building for sometime.  Such a classic item is a wardrobe staple and will never go out of fashion, so I don’t really have a problem splurging on it.  In fact, I think I can go as far as saying it’s an investment!

I know not everybody shares this view, so I’ve had a wander around the virtual shops to find some other cheaper, but no less stylish alternatives.

  1. Burberry London short camel garbadine trench coat, £750 from Net-a-Porter
  2. Burberry London short black cotton double-breasted trench coat, £750 from Net-a-Porter
  3. Jigsaw khaki trench coat, £185 from John Lewis
  4. Hobbs Corrine trench coat, £149 from Hobbs
  5. Aigle double-breasted navy trench coat, £210 from John Lewis (also available in stone)
  6. Phase Eight Madison ecru cape trench coat, £60 down from £120 from Phase Eight
  7. NW3 by Hobbs Wentworth ink trench coat, £189 from Hobbs
  8. Mango short double breasted stone trench coat, £49.99 from Mango (also available in navy and red)
Domestic Princess tips for buying a new  coat:
  1. Always buy the best coat you can afford.  You won’t regret it.  Sometimes buying cheaply is a false economy.  I’ve had many a cheap coat fall apart on me!
  2. Forget trends and what is currently the coat of the moment and go for what suits you.
  3. Buy a generous fit.  Remember, you might be wearing this in the depths of winter, so you want to make sure it’ll fit nicely over your many layers.
  4. A lighter weight  coat will show up any lumps and bumps, so keep this in mind when choosing.

So, what do you think?  Is a designer coat worth splurging on?  Or do you prefer to buy from the high street?  Do any of the ones above take your fancy?  And which item of clothing do you think is worth splurging on, if any?

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

PS look out for the men’s edit of trench coats coming soon!


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