Travelling is fun, there’s no denying it – it’s a big part of a lot of people’s life too.

It’s a great way to kick back a bit and just relax, so, usually, the last thing on your mind is looking chic and your best abroad; there is so much to do and see after all that fashion can sometimes take a back seat.

Normally when you go away, you are travelling with friends and family and there is no need to impress anyone, in particular, so you can pretty much wear what you fancy. But, every now and again, you will want to dress up a bit for a nice dinner with your other half, your final night away or, maybe you are travelling to join a friend for a special celebration.

Today I’ve rounded up a few suggestions to help you to fit a stylish outfit or two into your suitcase.

Opt for two-piece outfits

If you choose to pack a top to wear with a nice skirt or trousers rather than a dress you will be able to mix and match them to create several outfits. Something like the wonderful maxi skirts you can buy from places like www.jdwilliam.co.uk would be ideal. After the special event, you can wear the maxi skirt again and again which is always a plus.

Paired with a more casual top it would be ideal for wearing in the evening. If you choose one made from a lightweight material you could even pop it in your beach bag. It would is also good for putting on over the top of your swimming costume for the walk back to your accommodation.

Pack a nice pashmina

Rather than packing a jacket, which would take up a lot of space, opt for a shawl or pashmina instead. Choose one that is made from a material that does not crease easily so you’re not frantically looking for an iron whilst you’re away. 

As you can see from this short video, you can wear this item in lots of different ways and use it to enhance all kinds of outfits, so they’re really versatile and don’t take up a lot of room in your case either. 

Use accessories and shoes to tie together

The key to looking special enough is to use the right accessories. A nice belt, some statement jewellery, and a matching bag will all work together to lift any outfit.

Sandals are great for sight-seeing, but unless they are particularly dressy they are not likely to be quite chic enough to wear for that special occasion. A far better option is a pair of classic pumps. If you go for a peep toe pair or maybe some slingbacks they can easily be worn as an alternative to sandals.

These styles of shoes enable plenty of air to circulate around your feet. Just be careful to choose shoes that are not so high that they cannot comfortably be worn all day.

Keep things simple

Before you go away, experiment with styling your hair and doing your makeup in as simple a way as possible. This will enable you to reduce the number of beauty products and makeup you have to pack. You can find out how to do this, by reading the travel-ready makeup section of this article.

I hope this blog has given you some inspiration for packing a variety of outfits when you head on your holiday, but my main tip would be to not overthink it. Travel can be stressful at times, so having pieces you can throw on and dress up and down with jewellery and shoes is one of the easy options.

How do you like to style yourself when you go away?

girl looking onto ocean from balcony

It’s rare that I do fashion-related content on here, but it is something that I love to read so I thought I would update you on a couple of pieces I’ve picked up recently from Fashion World. It’s a website that I’d never heard of before, but one that is really easy to use and has some great products available.

If you follow me on social media, you may know that I went on holiday to Dubai and Sardinia a few weeks ago, so I thought with the amazing backdrops there, that I would take the opportunity to get some photos of my, very kindly, gifted products.

Swimwear

As I knew I had a couple of trips lined up this year, I thought it would be a good idea to get a swimming costume that I wear on the beach and to the pool. The website specialises in Magisculpt technology, which tucks you in at all the right places, which is perfect if you fancy indulging on holiday like we all should!

I went for the Magisculpt, high-neck swimsuit, in black with a cut out bit in the centre (which I managed to get a very interesting tan line through), as I thought it would be the most flattering. It also came with adjustable straps, which was very handy as I have quite an odd shaped torso. The costume itself was really good quality too – nice and thick, but it wasn’t too tight or restrictive in the heat, and it dried quickly.

Skirt

I’m a huge fan of the paper-bag style that can be found on the high-street at the moment, so when I saw this denim-style one on the website, I knew I had to have it. I’m a big fan of a denim skirt as it goes with everything and because it’s high-waisted you can tuck a top into it, or wear with a crop top.

When it came I really liked how thin the material was, which was great for the hot weather of holidays but also the heatwave we’ve been having in the UK (please never end!) I wore it on holiday with a t-shirt I picked up just before I went away and I think this will be how I wear it going forward.

(Please ignore the hideous bruise on my leg!)

girl in Dubai at The Palm

Jumpsuit

I really love jumpsuits because they can be casual enough for day-wear, worn with heels to work, or dressed up for a night out, so when me and Jordan had a date night the other week, I knew it was the perfect time to wear my new one. The style I went for was the stripe culotte bardot jumpsuit with adjustable straps, and a tie around the waist which I found is quite flattering.

Now I’m a lover of colour, just not on me, so I knew I wanted to go for something more monochrome, which is why this style was so perfect. Also, black and white goes with everything! I feel as though the bardot style is really flattering too, and the adjustable straps are really handy too.

Not only do Fashion World do a range of clothing for all shapes and sizes, they also have a homeware section with some lovely bits, as well as an electricals section too. I’m really happy with the pieces I’ve picked up and think that they can all be dressed up and down for a range of occasions.

If you’re in the market to update your summer wardrobe, or want to invest in things for the upcoming seasons, then give Fashion World a go.

Have you shopped at Fashion World? What did you pick up?

This post is sponsored by Fashion World. All views are my own.

I’ll be the first to admit… I’m an over-packer.

Whether I’m going somewhere overnight, or a two-week stint, I always seem to have a case full to the brim – I just can’t help it! I’ve really tried to restrict myself on my last few trips and plan my outfits around what I think I’ll be getting up to in the days and evenings, and I’m getting better at it.

It’s important to get the most out of your outfits, especially if you want to take pictures of them in a new location for your blog or Instagram. The last thing that you want is to feel uncomfortable because you took the wrong clothes with you, but you also don’t want to feel like you’re underdressed either.

For that reason, you need to be prepared for absolutely everything!

Take a Hat

You may not see yourself as being a hat person and I’m the same. One of the easiest ways to jazz up an outfit though it to wear something on your head. You need to make sure that you have one that reflects the location that you are visiting and coordinates your outfit well.

For example, if you are going to London then a nice fashionable fedora or even bobble hat is great if it’s a bit on the cold side. If you are going to Spain however then you may want to opt for a bigger hat that is able to give you that bit more shade. You can pick up hats very cheap and you really won’t have any problems at all when you know what you are looking for.

Your Feet

When you’re away, you will probably go walking for long periods of time; after all, it’s one of the best ways to get around. Footwear is one of the things I really struggle to pack when I go away as I never know whether to take heels or just flats – first world problems hey? 

My first piece of advice would be to take trainers which can be dressed up or down. If you want to stay comfy then converse are the way to go and you can even choose some nice comfortable flats. The Frank Walder Collection have loads of styles too which will be perfect for your next trip!     

Be Bold

Always pack a bold lipstick or two when you go travelling. It will make you feel that bit more dressed up and it also gives you the chance to really cater your outfit for the occasion as well.

If you have some lighter lipsticks, these could be perfect for the beach or maybe even a tinted lip balm for the day. Lipstick has the ability to change your outfit completely and it is also a great way for you to really bring out your true style.

Accessorise

Just like lipsticks, accessories can really bring your outfit alive. Whether it’s a statement piece or a few different ones, accessories don’t take up that much room in your case, and you’ll be so thankful you brought them.

When I go away, I usually pick up a bracelet or two as a souvenir, which is also a great way to support the local economy, whilst picking up something to remind you of being away.

Do you have any tips for being fashionable abroad?

I’ll be the first to admit that most of the time I forget to wear any sort of jewellery on a day to day basis. I’m usually rushing out of the door and I’d much rather remember my shoes and handbag than something to pull my outfit together. However, since getting engaged, I’ve noticed how much having jewellery on makes me feel like I really have my shit together so I’ve started to put a bit more effort in.

Because I’m usually quite bleary-eyed in the morning whilst I’m getting ready, I’d rather go for one statement piece when I’m heading to work rather than loads of little bits. However, it might be easier said than done. I’m lucky that my office are quite relaxed when it comes to our dress code, and we can usually get away with most things, but I know that some workplaces may be more restrictive when it comes to what you can and can’t wear.

Many office environments enforce a “strictly business” approach to your clothes and accessories while the new breed of start-ups may be a bit more casual in their practices. So long as your look doesn’t distract the developers from their Objective-C and all that jazz, chance are, you’re golden – pardon the pun! Whatever you feel comfortable wearing jewellery-wise, it can help you to make a big impression in an otherwise mundane office situation.

Today I’ve rounded up some of my tips for making your statement at work.

Keep it classy, and you can afford to be bold

When it comes to making a statement with your jewellery, it’s a good idea to opt for the classy and elegant. Paradoxically, the simpler and more elegant your jewellery, the bolder you can afford to be. If you’re going to buy a nose ring online, opt for something that’s eye-catching yet elegant like a small diamond stud. If you want to make a statement with your neckline, a bib necklace or choker may be the best way to do this.

Less is more

The age-old saying right?

A single statement piece can say a lot about you without compromising the professionalism of your appearance. However, going for several statement pieces at once will give you a crowded look that doesn’t give your jewellery room to breathe. Plus, as expensive and exquisite as the pieces may be, it runs the risk of looking tacky.

Speaking of minimalism, remember to keep your clothing subtle and modest when wearing statement jewellery to accentuate it. Moreover, your makeup should be flawless but simple, especially if you’re wearing chandelier style statement earrings.

Talk with your hands

Aside from the face and neck, your hands are one of the easiest parts of your body to accessorize, but no one wants to be the girl who clunks every time they type. Also, if you will likely be shaking a lot of hands or doing a lot of typing throughout your day, you should be as minimal as possible in your bracelets: This means your jewellery needs to be functional.

Make sure that any statement bracelets you choose don’t clash with your choice of nail polish or your wedding or engagement rings. Try to limit your uses of bold colours as these can easily clash on the relatively small surface area of your hands and go for a more neutral gold or silver (or rose gold if you’re basic AF).

Do you have any tips yourself? 

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Have you ever seen someone wearing a piece of jewellery that you love and then you go out and buy it for yourself only to find it doesn’t look right?

If that’s the case, it could be because you’re not choosing jewellery that works for you; you’re choosing jewellery that works for someone else.

I’ve always had an interest in how jewellery can make an outfit and I love experimenting with different pieces, but when I look back at some photos, there are definitely some choices that I tried to follow a trend with, and just didn’t work!

There are so many different things that matter when it comes to choosing the right accessories and jewellery, and today I’ve compiled a few tips on how to find the right items for you.

Don’t be Bound by the Expectations of Others

Deep huh?

The first thing to remember is that other people’s thoughts really don’t matter when you’re choosing jewellery for yourself to wear. If you worry too much about what’s cool and what’s in fashion, you’ll end up with a bunch of jewellery that’s not right for you. So stop buying what you think you should buy and start buying what you want to.

 

Consider How Your Lifestyle Will Impact What You Wear

We a go about our day to day lives in different games ways, so it’s important to consider how your lifestyle will impact which jewellery you wear.

You don’t want items to get in the way or annoy you day to day, so consider how you can make the right choice for you.

 

Always Research Ahead of a Big Purchase

There are some jewellery purchases that are more significant than others, and they’re the ones that you really need to take the time research before you hand over your cash.

If you’re picking out ‘THE’ ring that your partner can buy you for that special day, places like https://www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/tacori/ can really help. And don’t be afraid to ask for help or get involved! Girls choosing their engagement ring is becoming increasingly common, and it’s one purchase you want to get right.

Anytime you’re planning on spending a lot, you should do plenty of research into the options.

 

Take Your Face and Body Shape Into Account

This is quite a strange one to think about as jewellery is usually worn on the neck upwards, but the shape of your body and the shape of your face will both have an impact on what kind of jewellery you should wear each day.

If you end up with a pattern or shape that simply doesn’t show off your body or facial features, it’ll look all wrong. Do some research into this and find out which shape you are; it’ll make all the difference in the long run. 

 

Complement Your Skin Tone

As a pale girl, I know that the more silver something is, the more washed out it can make me look, so this one is really important to think about, espeically if you are investing money into the pieces.

Your jewellery will most likely be resting against your skin when you’re wearing it. That’s why you need to think carefully about how your skin tone could be having an impact on how your jewellery looks on you when you’re wearing it.

It’s something that’s definitely worth being aware of. There’s a solution out there for very skin tone so you won’t be short of options.

Picking out the perfect jewellery for you is not always easy. But if you’re willing to think things through carefully and reach considered conclusions, you’ll get the hang of all this in no time at all.

It might seem a little overwhelming now, but by understanding all the factors mentioned above, you’ll save yourself time and money going forward.

What are your tips for picking out the perfect pieces? 

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