Holiday Travel Essentials Part 2: Sunbaked City Chic

Sunbaked City Chic


I've been sharing a couple of posts surrounding packing for holidays and trips away over the last week or so, and this is probably a capsule outfit that I would choose for a shopping trip in a laid back, city based environment, such as the holiday we went on to Portugal recently or a trip to Barcelona. It's a nautical inspired look, but without the classic red and navy colour scheme; I tend not to wear much red so I've substituted it with a more neutral palette.
 
I've been living in my white chinos from Gap which I wore here and I absolutely love them, aside from the permanent risk of dirtying them they actually make me feel really summery without overexposing too much skin-always a necessity in the UK when the weather is habitually sunny for a day or two, then grey and overcast with a distinct chill in the air once more. On holiday, I'd pair them with a classic breton striped tee, such a cliche I know but I just adore the Parisian chic look and a breton will always nod to that. 
 
I picked up a basket bag similar to this one in Portugal recently and it's just lovely, there's something about a basket that  is so summery to me, and this could double up as a beach bag as well as being a handy size for day and even as carry on luggage (I had to use mine as a carry on on my way home from my holiday, with my actual intended carry on bag stuffed inside as it was too big to fit in my suitcase!)

A touch of glamour comes from this chunky chain necklace which not only jazzes up this basic striped tee, it would also work with a dress for after hours. You'll notice from my 'flight wear' post here that I have also included a statement necklace and stripy tee, so if luggage was an issue or you were just taking a carry on bag, you already have two pieces that will work over two looks (and probably more!)

I think the key with holiday packing is to include pieces that you can make work hard for you; simple classic shapes that can be worn with more than one item and will create a capsule wardrobe for you at your destination. I had to include these Chanel espadrilles, I adore them even though mine would more than likely be a £3 Primark pair, or, if in France, a pair picked up from a local market or shop for a couple of euros. I refresh my espadrilles every year but if money was no object then these would definitely find their way into my holiday case!
 
XO Amie
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