Fashion: Destination Dressing with Velvet's Rohiny Belani
Packing for a holiday can be tiresome. A tried-and-tested formula of interchangeable pieces that actually work and are effortless will put pleasure into packing. So, whether you're looking forward to a sun-drenched seven days in Marrakech, or are planning on heading somewhere more local, here's some wardrobe inspiration to help you on your way.
Mix and Match
Investing in interchangeable items - such as a coordinated set where you can wear the shorts with a plain tee or over your swimwear and the top with linen pants or denim shorts, and on another day the whole coordinated set at once - provides you with a different outfit and look for each day of your holiday with minimal outfits to carry in the bag. This co-ord set is by Dodo Bar Or.
A mid-length sundress will provide the backbone of your holiday wardrobe. I love a dress that twirls, so I invested in this mid-length, beautifully printed and embroidered sundress by Studio Simone, whose specialty is hand embroidery and embellishments.
DoDo Bar Or Ariana cotton wrap skirt, £175, matchesfashion.com
DoDo Bar Or Miguel cotton shirt, £205, mytheresa.com
ASOS sun hat, £28, asos.com
Boho Kalbelia clutch, £100, Vipulshah Bags, @vipulshahbags
Espadrille wedges, old collection, LK Bennett
Roh dress, £98, Studio Simone, @studio_simone
Attention to Details
There isn't a time of year when accessorising is more appropriate than during the holidays. Incorporate a statement piece into your holiday look, whether it be a crystal-encrusted bag, an oversized sun hat (which will also serve the purpose of preventing sunburns), or some sparkling jewellery. But be careful not to go overboard - try to limit yourself to one or two pieces per ensemble. You don't want to look like the Christmas tree, do you?
Graine De Melon Sculpte Choker, £228, outhouse-jewellery.com and @outhousejewellery
Panthera Trifecta Necklace, £216, outhouse-jewellery.com and @outhousejewellery
O.H. V jute bag, £445, outhouse-jewellery.com and @outhousejewellery
Best Foot Forward
Choosing the right shoes to pack, that are comfortable yet also stylish, can be a difficult task. We all know the weight restriction on Ryanair and EasyJet, hence this should be one of your essentials to consider.
Determine what kind of activities you will be doing on the holiday. My holidays mostly consist of lazing on the beach and minimal walking, so I usually only pack two pairs of shoes: my wedge espadrilles that match with a dress, shorts and a sarong, and my trainers, which I usually wear on the flight to minimise the weight of my bag. Trainers are great to have on holiday, as I have learnt from experience; if you are anything like me, who feels guilty after a night out of drinking and eating, you can hit the gym in the resort and see how good you feel for burning those calories even on a holiday.
Ditch the Denim
You have 11 other months to don your skinny jeans, so temporarily store them until the sunny weather is over. Instead of denim, try a jumpsuit or a caftan. If you are staying local and are blessed with good weather, both items can be as charming to wear as they are on holiday in an exotic location.
A caftan can take you from clambering over rock pools and walking through flower fields to evening downtime by the pool. Layer a linen shirt underneath if the weather isn't quite as balmy as you'd hoped, add some shades and you're good to go.
Payal Singhal Print Bazaar blue jumpsuit, £375, payalsinghal.com and @payalsinghal
Payal Singhal Print Bazaar Caftan, £305, payalsinghal.com and @payalsinghal
Clear Kabanos petite Swarovski bag, £386, outhouse-jewellery.com/@outhousejewellery
Meet the Team
Model and stylist: Rohiny Belani, @asweetrohmance
For the accessories, caftan and jumpsuit shots:
Photography: Elodie Giuge, photographybyeg.com, @elodiegphotography
Hair and makeup: Rebecca Vitale, rebeccavitalemakeup.com, @rebeccavitale_mua