This year we’re going to Avignon, in France, for our summer holiday. It’s going to be hot!
This time last year I wrote about my essentials for a British holiday – which, let’s face it, means taking enough clothes to cover all eventualities. My packing for France is going to much more laid-back. I’m taking just a few key pieces – which is just as well as we’re travelling down by train.
Here’s what’ll be in my suitcase…
The go-anywhere dress
Dresses are my go-to outfit when it’s hot, so it’s no surprise that I’ll be packing several simple ones for exploring the streets of Avignon.
This gorgeous Tencel dress, £35, is perfect for hot days in the city. It’s loose and cool – plus, the layered top is very flattering. It’s just as perfect for sight-seeing as it is for a casual pavement cafes.
The knock-out holiday dress
Every holiday deserves a stand-out dress for hot summer nights. Choose something that’s a bit brighter and fun than you might normally wear.
This yellow floral number, £25, is quite far from my normal style, which is exactly why it’s a perfect choice. Holidays give you chance to live a different life for a week or two – its the perfect time to try new styles and be someone else. Keep things simple with a pair of block-heeled sandals.
I’ll also be packing some fun mix-and-match items – like linen trousers, vests and fun sandals. This vest, £16, is made in the same tencel material as the dress, and will look laid-back and chic with navy wide-legged trousers. The tasselled sandals, £24, will add a bit of light-hearted fun. Perfect for lunch out, a la française.
If you can’t wear espadrilles on your summer holiday, then when can you? They don’t really suit our soggy English climate, so I’ll be wearing these as much as possible. This pair, £20, are very comfortable.
Also, don’t forget to pack your summer accessories like sun hats, baskets and makeup! Look back at this post for all my essentials.