Holiday Style : Packing with Panache

I don’t imagine you are as chaotic as me when it comes to packing. After tying up loose ends on here (The London Mummy), ‘training’ my lovely mother how to send out parcels from TLM Edit orders (thank you Mum!), co-hosting hubby’s 40th birthday camping party, moving house,  visiting my poorly father, saying au revoir to my Brazilian bound brother and starting a new partnership with the wonderful House of Fraser (which I am very excited about!) this last month has been rather hectic.

Anyway, with all that going on, you may see why I have come on a summer holiday and packed far too may sweatshirts and jeans, forgot my swimming costume, totally ignored the fact I may like to wear some different jewellery (all left in a brown box) and generally feel unprepared.

(If you are wondering why I am still doing TLM whilst all this is going on – it’s because I find it relaxing and helps me switch off…ok?)

So, back to the point – what to pack for a summer holiday…

Swimming Costume. Black is always a good option. I love this Kenneth Cole Crochet Swimsuit £85 as it covers you up but isn’t too mumsy.

Kenneth Cole

Sunglasses. It has to be pink this summer. These Ray Ban Pink Gold £161 are high on my wishlist!

ray ban

So foot wear. These, below, are the ‘new’ espadrilles. Espadrille Trainers innit.

And, if you really want to be in there – get ones with a ‘flatform’.

I cannot believe these puppies are on sale for £25 and have every size available. I am going to beat you to it! The colour and added height will take your legs up to the sky!

Dune Flatforms £25

dune flatforms

I think flip flops are a bit like marmite. But, I love them as they are practical etc. This slim style from Havianas are a bit more feminine and with the bright orange on tanned feet (!) they would look rather lovely!

Havainas Slim Flip Flop £26

flip flops

You definitely need some relaxed clothes for the morning before you think about what you are going to wear.

You want to get passed breakfast and not have to change, My default are beach trousers to spare fellow diners my white pins and a t shirt. This sounds rather frumpy but let me introduce you to these…

Maison De Nîmes Beach Trousers £26

Versatile and flattering. Get a pair!

beach trousers

Sugarhill Boutique Star Collar T Shirt £26

I really believe you cant have enough T Shirts on holiday. If only I had known! ha.

sugar hill boutique

Here is another goody and perhaps a bit more kid friendly.

Mint Velvet Metallic T £39

mint velvet

Ok, so now it is time to hit the beach. Perhaps you are meeting pals and want to up the ante a bit and feel like a glam mum? These kaftan and beach cover ups are all very pwetttty.

Accessorize Mina Kaftan NOW £16


Sunseaker Pleated Jumpsuit £77 (could also look knockout in the evening – imagine them with some tassel earrings!)


Seafolly Beach Kaftan £60

sea folly


These could work into sundowners and even further into the evening. If you can last that long!

Free People Bardot Dress £130

free people

Biba Elasticated Waist Dress £79


Ok, so evening shoes and don’t go together, Every event I put on high heels I feel like a tranny, however I have found something that works. They look better on I promise!

Head Over Heels Jessica Peeptoe Now £33


Or if you want to keep the bohemian vibe throughout, I am very partial to a bit of Steve Madden and these sandals fit the bill!



Don’t forget a beach bag!!! I love Label Lab Woven Beach Bag (£45)


and there is a Clutch version for the evening!


Throw in some Kate Spade Tassel Statement Earrings and voila – there you have it!


So, from me to you – don’t do what I have done. Happy holidays! xx

This post was written in collaboration with House of Fraser however all picks are my own choice. This post also contains affiliate links so if you buy something after clicking on one of the above links, I receive a tiny percentage! x