Our recent holiday to Italy was in two very different parts; a stylish friend’s wedding in the Umbrian countryside followed by a lazy, casual beach week at our house in Sardinia. Packing was a challenge.
I decided to start by visualising 30+ degree heat with a 2 yr old in tow. This instantly cancelled out half of my entire wardrobe. I then followed the other simple rules – don’t take anything too dressy, fitted, short, low-cut, or white!
My aim was to try and arrive at our destination in style, feeling cool and calm – the perfect way to start a holiday. To do this, I made sure I wore “my travel uniform’. A pair of cropped skinny jeans, a loose fitting tee, my ballet pumps and a very large carry-on bag big enough to house all the essentials a mum needs: iPad (complete with cbeebies’ downloads – critical for some peace and quiet on the flight), oversized scarf, a pair of flat sandals to change into at the other end and plenty of toys to keep the little one occupied.
Whilst in Umbria, I opted for a swimsuit to wear poolside. Not only is the one-piece having a fashion moment, it’s incredibly stylish AND practical when negotiating pool action with children. Your modesty stays covered with any amount of tugging and pulling.
For the wedding, I kept cool in a simple yellow cotton sundress, cinched at the waist for shape and falling just above my knee (critical length for lots of bending and kneeling on floor with Fox). My heels were a conservative two inches, again elegant but practical.
I kept my evening style very casual, wearing maxi dresses, all-in-one jumpsuits and denim shorts, with an oversized silk Equipment shirt (the nicest and coolest item to wear after a day of sun), adding jewellery, Paloma Barcelo wedges and a touch of lipstick to dress it all up slightly.
Sardinia was easier. It was just the three of us, no dinners just lots of beach time.
My Turkish Hammamas was by far the best accessory I took with me. Soaking up more water than a normal beach towel, it acts as a sarong, a wrap and something to lie on. Fox loved being wrapped up in it after playing in the sea.
My tan was developing nicely by this point and coupled with the day times naps, looking stylish starts to become incredibly easy. A great bikini, kaftan, trusted Havaianas and a pair of Ray Bans are all you need!