There’s nothing more annoying or embarrassing than packing the wrong items of clothing for a short break away, but sometimes, even with the best efforts, it can be difficult to avoid this happening.
You may underestimate the level of formality expected, or have an up market activity sprung on you when you expected to be in casual wear all weekend; and neither managing a BBQ in your best designer dress or going to the opera in a t-shirt is going to make you feel your best, right?
A simple way to avoid major calamities is to pack as you feel is right but add 3 items in each clothing category which should cover you for emergencies.
Cover ups are essential in a chilly climate, or for enjoying a late evening drink outside. Snuggle up with a smart casual cozy fleece style jumper like this
Available in 10 colors, including yellow, hot pink, black, gray and white and sizes S – XXXL, this combines the true essence of casual and comfortable.
If you need a more formal sweater this fitted style with a classy neck detail won’t let you down.
Choose between five colors: black, red, gray, white and pink. Or for a romantic evening opt for something like this practical but cute v-neck, with an edgy lattice tie detail.
This cute cover-up comes in orange, beige, green, and khaki, in sizes from small to XL
Jeans are a pretty essential item to pack for a few days away but they are also easy to get wrong. Make some good choices by taking a pair of bright smart but casual jeans which are great for spending time with friends and going out and about in.
These come in 12 different colors and sizes 26- 31
If you need to impress at a more formal moment then a darker pair may go down more easily, so pack something like this, just in case.
Denim is so flexible that you will find something for pretty much any eventuality, like this smart but artistically stressed pair which would wow on a date night. Choose from black or white, and sizes 34-44.
It can be hard to get this part of your packing right, as shorts that are fab for the beach may not guarantee you entry into a restaurant right off the sand, but these picks will leave you able to do anything from a formal lunch or meeting to a casual or romantic hangout.
These smart, wide-leg shorts are beautifully cut and fine for formal occasions, as are these cute plaid shorts.
For something more casual these deliver: and are available in sizes S – XL and sky blue too.
This gorgeous, ultra feminine blouse is smart but also edgy enough to feel special if it’s worn on a date. With 5 colors and 8 sizes on offer there’s no shortage of choice.
If you want to be prepared for an ultra formal occasion then this lightweight chiffon blouse will take up hardly any space, or need any pressing once unpacked, to look fabulous.
It’s available in black, blue, green, light blue, purple, and red, while sizes run S – 5XL.
Longer vacations are easier to pack a case for, but short breaks and trips where the itinerary is not very familiar can easily throw curveballs, so best be prepared. By choosing a selection of items which can be mixed and matched to get you though pretty much any wardrobe emergency will make the bit of planning necessary very much worth it.