If you’re young and slim, on holiday you can get away with spending the days in a skimpy bikini and the evenings in a short dress or short shorts! However, the more mature ladies among us may be OK to lounge in the sun in swimwear but we don’t want to be standing at the bar or sitting in a restaurant with just a swimsuit on.
So how can we pack a capsule wardrobe to go on our summer holidays whilst still ensuring we have items that we feel both cool and comfortable wearing?
You don’t want to wear neutral colours when you are looking bronzed and tanned so we recommend you take bright separates to wear during the day; and for the evening pack neutral bottoms that can carry a rainbow of tops. That way you can create a completely different combination every night.
Daytime capsule holiday wardrobe
One quick tip is to leave a note in your suitcase after your previous holiday to remind you of what you did and didn’t wear. This helps to cut down quite dramatically for this year’s holiday packing. For the daytime, you should focus on the items that you know you’ll be happy to throw on repeatedly when it’s hot to cover up when you need to.
An ideal cover up for any occasion is this denim lace tunic (left) that looks fabulous with linen trousers or to slip on over swimwear. There’s nothing better than white for showing off a tan and this cotton top with feather tie (centre) is not only pretty but is ideal to slip on over shorts if you’re having a wander around the shops or popping to the beach bar for a quick snack. For a true burst of colour and if you like to cover up your arms, one of this summer’s best sellers is fuschia silk batwing top which comes in a free size to suit ladies of all shapes, sizes and age.
One of the simplest items to pack which takes up very little space but is extremely versatile is a pareo (also known as a sarong). Goose Island’s pareo’s can be worn as a summer scarf, a skirt, a beach dress, a bikini top as well as doubling up as a chic cover for your beach bed. Our sarongs are made from 100% Indian cotton and come in a variety of colours and patterns to match a plain t-shirt or white cami. Pareos easily washable and will dry overnight, particularly in hotter climes.
Evening capsule holiday wardrobe
For many people, the evenings are the favourite part of their holiday. Everyone is relaxed and glowing from a day spent in the sunshine. After being in swimwear all day you may prefer to wear something loose and relaxed, particularly if you tend not to go to places where smart dressing is required. Choose tops in cool fabrics that will mix and match with plain skirts and trousers so you have more than enough options for a 14-night holiday. You can also keep it casual with flat sandals and a mix of simple gold and silver jewellery.
With the cold shoulder look back with a vengeance this summer, what better way to show off your tan as you stroll along the beach front to your favourite restaurant than his loose-fitting pink silk flower top (left); or if you prefer a more classic look to go out in the evening we have a range of beautiful linen tunics including this on in white with a light blue print (centre). If you are looking for something that makes a bit more of a statement, we have this stunning pink and white coconut button top which our more mature customers absolutely love.
Dresses for day and night
Many ladies feel far more comfortable in a loose-fitting dress during the day and evening and many of the Goose Island Summer 2017 styles are ideal for any occasion. You can stay cool in a linen or silk dress no matter how the temperatures may soar and a dress can be dressed up or down with key accessories such as jewellery, bags or shoes.
This summer, colourful and pretty silks have been the fabric of choice for holiday dresses. Styles like our Turquoise plain silk maxi dress which is easy and comfortable to wear and looks stylish too. If you want to show off your tanned legs, you can’t beat a tunic like this Lemon plain silk tunic dress which is loose-fitting to keep you cool as well as making you look great. For something a little more formal and to cover up your arms, this Patterned silky printed dress is ideal if you are planning to dine out in style.
For more summer holiday styles to complete your capsule wardrobe, check out the New In section of our website at https://www.goose-island.co.uk/collections/new-in