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CF's Summer Guide

What To Pack For A British Staycation

You’ve managed to secure a booking in St Ives or Salcombe, Padstow or The Peak District in mid-June. That was the hard bit. Now it’s time to plan what to pack for your staycation.

A UK staycation requires a particularly delicate selection of wardrobe pieces to cover every weather eventuality. Travelling by train or car, you haven’t got baggage allowance to contend with, so it’s worth over-packing to ensure you’re chic and comfy, come rain or shine.


THE EASY DRESS

The first thing you'll want to pack is feel-good fashion, this is a holiday wardrobe after all! Yolke is always a trusted go-to for romantic summer dresses in the prettiest of floral prints. We may have idyllic visions of wearing this jacket-free on sun-soaked terraces, but it can easily be worn underneath fine knits if the weather requires, ruffled collar fully on show.

 

The first thing you’ll want to pack is feel-good fashion, this is a holiday wardrobe after all!

THE FLATFORM SANDAL

Elleme's shoe line is just as covetable as their directional handbags. The flatform sandals not only look super chic, in a monochrome palette which will work with myriad outfit combinations, but are also wildly comfortable to discover your chosen locale on foot thanks to the sumptuously soft leather and a pleasingly chunky heel. 

 

THE LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET

Having learnt the hard way in Cornwall a few years ago – packing for the much-promised heatwave which regrettably missed Cornwall entirely – I can tell you that without doubt, a warm and waterproof jacket is a pre-requisite of holidaying in the UK. Whilst we are so ready to relinquish outerwear until autumn, thankfully the fourth Barbour X ALEXACHUNG capsule offers style-forward rain jackets you'll want to wear on repeat. 

 

Without doubt, a warm and waterproof jacket is a pre-requisite of holidaying in the UK.

THE DAY BAG

Strathberry's iconic British leather accessories have had a summer-ready revamp. We love the Lana Nano bucket bag in tan leather, retro striped canvas, and finished with wicker details. It's perfectly sized to stow away the day's essentials, and can be effortlessly slung over your shoulder for hands-free wearability.

 

THE SWIMWEAR

If you're feeling brave enough to brace a dip (rather you than me), your usual bikinis may feel a little too skimpy for cold-water swimming. Perfect Moment's array of wetsuits and rash vests offer a little more coverage, and you'll definitely look the part if a spot of paddle-boarding or surfing is on the agenda.

 

 

If you’re feeling brave enough to brace a dip, your usual bikinis may feel a little too skimpy for cold-water swimming.

THE SUNGLASSES

An effortless pair of sunglasses are a holiday pre-requisite and these hexagonal lenses from Chloé have a playful edge to put you in an 'out of office' state of mind.

 

THE CO-ORD

Co-ords are a hardworking suitcase addition. This pyjamas style shirt and matching shorts can be worn together, as an alternative to a playsuit, or styled separately. We're envisioning how fabulous this will look with a chunky heel frolicking in Mykonos, but for now paired with a Birkenstock will do very nicely.

THE BUCKET HAT

If you like to keep your fashion quite paired-back, a bold accessory is an easy way to inject some colour into your look. Nothing says you are on holiday quite like a bucket hat and Loewe's Paula Ibiza capsule takes you straight to the sunshine isle.

 

 

If you like to keep your fashion quite paired-back, a bold accessory is an easy way to inject some colour into your look.

THE ESSENTIAL KNIT

If you have to wear a sweater – sigh – it really has to be cashmere to make it a little more bearable. We love the sustainable unisex polo knits from Riley Studio. Easy to throw on as soon as the temperature drops, the smart collar elevates this above your standard cashmere. Available in oatmeal, grey, black, and navy, we'd happily stock up on the whole collection. 

 

 

THE DUNGAREES

You may be initially alarmed at the idea of slipping on a pair of dungarees, but as they have re-emerged as a micro-trend for SS21 they're worth considering. Comfy as your lockdown-favoured jogging bottoms, but as easy to dress up or down as your preferred jeans, they're a super versatile wardrobe addition. This ecru-hued pair from TOAST are more polished than denim. Wear with a pie-crust collar or silky blouse for evening, whilst a classic striped T-shirt is perfect by day.

You may be initially alarmed at the idea of slipping on a pair of dungarees, but as they have re-emerged as a micro-trend for SS21 they’re worth considering.

THE PYJAMAS

A staycation calls for a long hot soak in the bath after lengthy walks and languid lunches, but what to step into after? Dora Larsen, the emerging London-based label known for it's colour-pop lingerie, has just launched an array of sleepwear seperates. There are cropped tops and shorts, as well as tiered slip dresses and palazzo trousers, all boasting hyper-feminine ruffled details. Rendered in 100% organic cotton and linen, it's the only thing we want to wear to sleep in the heat.

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