Fashion: Destination Dressing with Velvet's Rohiny Belani


By Velvet Magazine contributor


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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

Throughout:

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



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