Fashion: Pare back, travel light

Mallory linen blouse, was �65, now �32.50 from Phase Eight.
Mallory linen blouse, was �65, now �32.50 from Phase Eight.
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With careful planning, organisation and a lot of rolling, you really can pack tiny. Stephanie Smith seeks tips.

No one likes to head off on holiday feeling unprepared, but with the tiny baggage allowance many airlines seem to have in place these days, it’s as well to pare back to the minimum. This applies especially to those who are so optimistically low maintenance, they reckon they can get everything they need into a carry-on case. Now that really does call for utter ruthlessness.

“It’s no fun lugging extra weight around and using up precious space in your holdall by packing things you simply don’t need,” says Bethanie Lunn, fashion and beauty adviser at Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield.

Well-travelled Bethanie has come up with a series of sensible tips for travelling light and fashionably.

First, try to picture the trip, she says. “What is the weather going to be like? Check the forecast using a weather app and choose items to cater for the outcome.”

Then make a list. Write down the essentials, beginning with underwear, sunscreen, swimwear, adding the minimum number of tops (tees, shirt, evening tops), bottoms (shorts, crop trousers, skirts) plus a wear-anywhere dress and suitable footwear. 

“Add in a few on-trend pieces and stick to the list,” Bethanie says. “Be strict. Do you really need those Prada platforms or will one pair of versatile heels and a pair of daytime flats be enough?”

Some holidays require more clothes and accessories than others. “If you have an action-packed holiday with something different happening every night, you will need extra outfits but choose items that you can mix and match.

“Roll clothes instead of folding them. I swear by it. If you ensure each item, including sleeves, are lying flat, then roll up, it saves space and minimises creases. At your destination, you can use the hotel iron or steam them by hanging in the bathroom with the door closed while you run a steaming hot shower.”

Bethanie’s tips on fashion must-haves this season include tortoiseshell or wooden frame sunglasses, a maxi kimono and a go-with anything white tee.