New Look sorts your holiday packing

Holiday packing – not that much fun is it? Trying to sort outfits for each day, every few minutes getting those suitcase scales out in order to check you’ve not exceeded the baggage allowance (which for some airlines is now as low as 15 kilograms). Well, what if I said that with some savvy buys you could get away with taking a capsule wardrobe of just 20 pieces. That’s right, 20 pieces. I’m taking a leaf from Gok Wan’s book and choosing pieces that can multi functional and can be mixed and matched to create a range of different outfits.


You can get all the pieces featured here from fab High Street retailer New Look. Some are on sale at the moment, making these even better bargains. Some are new in. making you amongst the first to showcase the New Season looks. So take a look – do you have any favourite pieces from the collection. If you want to take a further look at New Look’s holiday shop, click here.


The pretty Maxi dress

Summer Floral Bandeau Maxi Dress £22.99 click to visit New Look

Add a shoestring vest to create Look number two, turning the maxi dress into a maxi skirt.

Navy Blue Shoestring Vest £2.49 click to visit New Look

For look two, add a Kelly Brook shirt over the top for a very cool white look.

Kelly Brook White Tie Front Shirt Now £10.00Was £22.99 click to visit New Look

Total = 3 looks.


A  pair of High Waisted shorts are just so versatile. For the beach, just add over your bikini.

Blue High Waisted Supersoft Shorts £16.99 click to visit New Look

Frill Bandeau Bikini Top £5.99 Frill bikini pants £3.99 click to visit New Look

Add a sheer white shirt over the green for a great clubbing look.

White Sheer Longline Sleeveless Shirt £19.99 click to visit New Look

Add a gorgeous beaded top for a pretty evening look.

Shell Pink Lace Embellished Neck Scallop Hem Top £19.99 click to visit New Look

Wear the shorts with a cute Brat and Suzy t-shirt for a great sightseeing look.

Brat and Suzie Turquoise Seahorse Fringe Sleeve T-Shirt £31.99 click to visit New Look

Total + 4 looks


Boudoir black costume – very sexy, and halter strap can be removed for two looks. You could also put the shorts over this to wear to the bar.

Boudoir Black St Tropez Ruffle Swimsuit £44.99 click to visit New Look

A black kaftan is great, you can use this over your bikini for walking to the beach, over shorts for another day to night look, and wear over leggings for a great airport outfit.

Black Lace Centre Kaftan Now £7.00 click to visit New Look

This apricot skirt could also get lots of wear from it. Add the Kelly Brook shirt for a French Riviera look, the vest top for sightseeing, or wear over the bikini for a Rihanna style look.

Apricot Flower Print Tulip Skirt £25.00 click to visit New Look

You have room in that case for a couple of show stopping evening dresses – for that special meal, big night out or just a romantic evening with the other half.

Tokyo Doll Pink Pleated Maxi Dress £27.99 click to visit New Look

Mint Green Sequin Skater Dress £34.99 click to visit New Look


Gold and si;ver sandals go with everything and can take you from day to night.

Gold Leather Low Heeled Sandals Now £13.00 click to visit New Look

Birkenstock Silver Strap Sandals £39.99 click to visit New Look

You only need two bags, one for every day that will also be your airport carry on, and something prettier for the evening. Choose a neutral colour that will go with everything.

Cream Stud Quilted Bag £12.99 click to visit New Look

Black with Clear Panel Shopper Bag Now £9.00 click to visit New Look


A pair of retro style sunnies for a bit of film star glamour.

Tortoiseshell Heidi Plait Sunglasses £4.99 click to visit New Look

A scarf can be used for bad hair days, and to cover shoulders when it gets a bit chilly at night.

Blue Floral Print Scarf £7.99 click to visit New Look

And finally, don’t forget your sunhat. Wear it at the airport to help it keep its shape.

Firetrap Oatmeal Floppy Hat Now £20.99 click to visit New Look

All packed. No jewellery – you can treat yourself to some locally made stuff for a real holiday feel. And you will have plenty of room in your case for souvenirs.