Versatile clothes you should pack for your next holiday

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With the scorching hot temperatures we’ve been enjoying this week and the fun-in-the-sun feeling I got from the bank holiday, my thoughts turned to holiday season. So, I’ve come up with a suitcase packing list of super-versatile clothes that are worth investing in this summer…Going on holiday is fun. It gives you the chance to step outside of your normal life, relax and experience something a little different. The only problem is that going on holiday can be quite expensive. You not only have to find the cash to get there and pay for somewhere to stay, you usually also need to buy some new clothes – especially if you’re visiting a different climate than the one you’re used to at home. However, don’t worry, because you don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe; just investing in a few versatile items of clothing that you can wear in different ways is by far the best way to keep the costs of your holiday wardrobe down.


Maxi dresses or skirts can be worn for virtually any occasion. You can buy a simple, single colour one and get a lot of use out of it. Firstly, it would be very comfortable for travelling in. Then, once you’re at the resort, you can easily dress it up using accessories such as a belt, jewellery, an embellished handbag and glamorous shoes. Add a jacket or a Pashmina and you instantly have the perfect outfit for a meal out in a special restaurant.Most maxi dresses and skirts are made from lightweight fabric, so they will not take up much space in your suitcase. Plus they can easily be folded, rolled up and popped into the top of your beach bag so that you can cover up for lunch instead of having to go back to your accommodation to get changed. There are many different styles of maxi dress available so it’s important to choose one that suits you. This in-depth article explains how to buy the best style of maxi dress for your body type.


The playsuit is back! A colourful, floral print one will look great paired with a sparkly pair of sandals, a belt and maybe a jacket. It is perfect for that nice meal out or beach barbecue. But, you can just as easily wear it for sightseeing trips and activities like a quite cycle ride. Fashion World sells some fantastic looking playsuits in really flattering cuts to suit all sizes.


A nice Pashmina can be worn as a wrap, a shawl, a scarf or a beach skirt. At a push, you can even use it as an alternative to a beach towel! They’re easy to roll up and take with you in your bag, and can keep you warm when the temperature drops in the evenings.


Most of us like to go swimming while we’re on holiday, so you’ll to need to take some sort of costume with you. If you opt for a tankini you can potentially wear the top part as a top while you’re on holiday too. You can add jeans to turn it into a cami, or pull on a pair of shorts when you’re chilling out on the beach. The plus side is that you’ll be ready to dash into those waves at a moments notice because you’re already in your swimwear!

If you combine the items mentioned above with the 3 essentials I wrote about earlier in the year, you will be ready for anything. Plus, if you are careful about the colours you choose, you can mix and match everything, which means that you can potentially travel with just hand luggage. If you’d usually be paying extra for a suitcase, that saving can maybe enough to pay for a couple of meals out while you’re away!

Let me know what your holiday essentials are in the comments below – what will you be packing in your suitcase this summer?


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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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