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What to Pack for a Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

Preparing for a holiday is always an exciting time, but constraints such as space and convenience can present somewhat of a challenge – not a sentiment you want to feel before a relaxing trip. Be it a cabin piece of luggage or a weight-restricted suitcase, ensuring that every style base is covered whilst remaining functional can be a challenge unto itself. That is why Karen Millen has curated the ultimate checklist to ensure that you have every base – and occasion – covered when it comes to this season’s impending vacations.

Swim and beach style

Whether luxuriating on the beach or enjoying the upbeat atmospherics of a beach club, a swim and beach outfit combination is a statement within itself. By looking to match both layers and foundations, the outfit looks ultra-polished, and can be mix and matched for different events. A bold, printed piece is a true power player – whilst more muted, classic designs offer effortless versatility. Take one of each to ensure every situation is covered.

Crochet top

The epitome of contemporary summer style, a crochet top is perfect for layering over a bikini, taking your beach look to the evening with minimal effort.

Linen co-ords

Although a forever warm weather essential, linen has had a particular resurgence this season due to its never-ending versatility and elevated comfort. Whether wearing a shirt alongside a matching pair of trousers or using it as a layering piece during the cold evening, choose linen as the starting point of your outfit.

Day to evening dress

One thing we crave when it comes to our haute holiday dressing is simplicity, and a day to evening dress presents flexibility when it comes to making plans. Be it mini, midi or maxi, choose a fun, optimistic hue to truly get into the holiday spirit.


If space presents an issue, one carefully considered wear-everywhere pair of sandals should cover every social occasion. Prefer a flat pair to ensure that comfort is valued, one which includes elevated details such as studs, contemporary chains or striking hues.

Statement gold earrings

Finishing touches matter, so make outfit a memorable one with a statement pair of earrings. Be it a beachy offering, completed with a shell, or a nod to the classics with hoop earrings, ensure you have at least one type packed in your suitcase.

Tailored shorts

Whilst some smarter locations such as hotel restaurants may not allow shorts, a tailored pair ticks the box of formality when looking for an alternative holiday staple. Look to a breathable fabric such as cotton to remain cool, yet still comfortable and polished.

Midi skirts

Whether worn with a bikini top or a swimsuit, or traditionally with a top, a midi skirt simply skims the form to lend a flattering fit. In satin or linen it often feels soft to the touch and has a lightweight quality – whilst more importantly not taking up too much room in any suitcase.

Evening tops

One beautiful top, crafted with elegance, rounds up any holiday capsule wardrobe. Embrace femininity with a voluminous Bardot sleeve style or choose a halter neck piece to display a newly adopted tan. When it comes to your evening top – more is more, don’t be afraid to consider embellishments and drama for your chosen style.

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