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You’ve booked the tickets, we’ve planned the outfits – this is your essential holiday packing guide, from a weekend in the countryside to a luxurious cruise


A weekend out of town calls for a careful balance of pretty and practical: think versatile trench coat, relaxed-fit jeans and flat leather sandals. A floral-print sun dress is the perfect complement to a rural setting, while a polka-dot tee and pastel-pink midi skirt pairing is an easy option fit for a picnic.

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Whether you’re jetting off to a far-flung paradise or hitting the great British seaside, less is more when it comes to packing for a stress-free break. A multitasking cotton cover-up will do the trick for all your al fresco lunches, while linen shorts worn with a broderie anglaise tank top is an effortlessly chic look for sundowners.

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From Berlin to New York, there’s no better way to brush up your street-style credentials than checking out a new urban scene. A Breton top worn with wide-leg jeans and sleek trainers is a wise choice for sightseeing, while an embroidered Bardot dress is the perfect companion for people-watching from a pavement café.

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Capture the magic of the Golden Age of travel with elegant separates that wouldn’t be out of place in the wardrobe of a silver-screen starlet. Satin is your friend here, as are metallic heels and shoulder-grazing diamanté earrings. Dial up the drama after dark in a sweeping lamé dress, paired with a sophisticated up ’do.

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Editor: Dulcie Emerson / Creative director: Jenny Ives

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