Fashion influencer Kat Farmer helps us tackle the all-important task of vacation dressing. Take holiday packing from chore to cheer as Kat brings you the key pieces perfect for any summer departure. 

The perennial question, which is akin to how long is a piece of string!  I guess it depends on where you go away for your hols.  For me – the key is versatility.  I am the hugest fan of clothes which you can dress up and dress down – making sure your wardrobe works hard for you and things can be worn not only on holiday but at home as well.

Especially as so many of us now holiday in this country (*waves hand holding her “I love Suffolk” flag*) where the weather is slightly less tropical than the Maldives.

So I have put together outfits which will work wherever you jet off to but with the addition of a little denim jacket will happily work on our often not so sunny shores.  And will also take you into the Autumn with a biker jacket, blazer or trench.

The Day Dress

First up, the perfect day dress that, by teaming with heels, can be transformed into an evening out dress.  Fabulous for tan-line-free shoulders, super flattering as it’s cut on the bias with classic Preen tailoring and a modern feel to the floral print with the addition of gold stars.  For day-time, a pair of suede frill flats are ideal for practical with a hint of femininity.

Shop the outfit:

  1. Studio by Preen floral bardot dress: coming soon.
  2. Faith Black sliders
  3. Faith scalloped clutch bag

The Everywhere Dress

So I should probably confess, that my favourite things to take on holiday are dresses.  As I said earlier, it’s all about the versatility.  This stunning green maxi dress is no exception.  It can be thrown over a swimming costume to go down to the beach, instant chic outfit for lunch, straight onto early evening cocktails and you’re all set for dinner.  Dresses really do suit every occasion, plus you can roll them and pack a lot into one suitcase.  I tend to wear mostly flats on holiday and a beaded metallic pair are just that little bit more special than a plain old flip flop.

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  1. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson palm maxi dress
  2. Faith Joey sandals

The Beach Dress

For those super warm days, you can still look effortlessly elegant with this black embroidered mini dress.  And it will double up as a long tunic to wear over cut-off jeans for days out.  Team with beaded earrings to give a little glamour to the poolside (I would probably remove them before taking a dip….!)

Shop the outfit:

  1. Red Herring embroidered black bardot dress
  2. Mood oversized hoop earrings
  3. Faith black sliders

The Party Outfit

We often have those occasions on holiday when we want to turn up the glamour volume.  This is the perfect outfit.  Ideal for cooler holiday evenings whilst being able to show off those tanned holiday shoulders.  Black mules and a black suede bag complete the outfit.  A two-piece again is a winner in the versatility stakes – the top works perfectly with any sort of trousers or even dressed down with jeans and flats (personally I’m thinking the blouse, jeans and the amazing knotted leather mules for a night out at the pub once I’m back home!).  The skirt would be ideal worn with a plain vest or tee – on returning from holiday, with a silk shirt, it would be perfect for work.  I shall be wearing into the Autumn with a black polo neck and knee high boots – one last memory of Summer to take me into the gloomy autumnal days!

Shop the outfit:

  1. Preen/EDITION pink floral bardot top
  2. Preen/EDITION multi-coloured print frill skirt
  3. Nine by Savannah Miller black suede cross body bag

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