The summer staples series: a capsule wardrobe for a week in the sun

Packing a capsule wardrobe for a week of surf, sun & sipping cocktails

always seem to overpack.  Not only does this result in never worn pieces crushed in transit, it also means less room to bring home delights from the destination.  No more!  Here I share with you my holiday capsule wardrobe, as taken on our recent trip to Noosa…

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{the approach}

Keep it simple!  The whole idea behind a capsule wardrobe is that each piece can be part of multiple outfits so choose pieces in black, white and grey, add a single pop of colour, a bit of print and accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

{the clothes}

* black one piece

black one piece

* two print one pieces



* print shirt dress {worn open as a coverup over swimmers}


* a couple of soft cotton t-shirts {white & grey}


* black & white short


* black & white cotton beach coverup dress


* easy stretch stripe dress


* fuchsia long sleeve shift dress {a good day to night option}


* fuchsia sleeveless silk dress {for cocktails!}


* long black dress


* white linen long sleeve jumper


* silver cotton jacket


{the shoes}

* black ruffle sandals 


* black thin strap rubber thongs {flip-flops}


* black pointed flats {switch for simple heels or jewelled sandals if your destination calls for it}

pointed flats

{the accessories}

* turquoise rope bead necklace


* fuchsia twisted bead necklace

pink necklace

* grey wooden necklace


* silver beaded necklace

silber bead necklace

* large crystal necklace


* grey / green patent leather belt


* fuchsia fabric belt {doubles as a knotted necklace}

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* black wide brim hat & sunnies


* faux leather visor


* large fuchsia light cotton scarf {doubles as a sarong and shawl}


* silver mini messenger bag


* beach bag {doubles as a carry on bag}


And then, just mix and match to give you plenty of outfits for a week or so in the sun…just don’t forget your towel and suncream!

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outfit 1

outfit 2 outfit 3
 outfit 5 outfit 6

xx Catherine JPEG

{the details}

* black one piece swimmers – Seafolly {current season SS13/14}

* print one piece swimmers – both DVF, from Net-a-Porter

* print shirt dress – Zimmermann, from Di Nuovo

* t-shirts – James Perse, from Robby Ingham | Lisa Ho | Trenery

* black & white short – Thurley {current season – SS13/14}

* black & white cotton beach dress – Scanlan Theodore

* easy stretch strip dress – Witchery

* fuchsia long sleeve shift dress – DVF, from Di Nuovo

* fuchsia sleeveless silk dress – Manning Cartell

* long black dress – Joanie Loves Chachi

* white linen long sleeve jumper – Skin and Threads {current season – SS13/14}

* silver cotton jacket – Sass & Bide {current season – SS13/14}

* black ruffle sandals – Sambag

* rubber thongs – Havaianas, available from General Pants Co

* black pointed flats – Witchery {current season – SS13/14}

* turquoise rope bead necklace – Lovisa

* fuchsia twisted bead necklace – Lovisa

* grey wooden necklace – a gift from a friend

* silver beaded necklace – a gift from a friend

* Large crystal necklace – Lisa Ho

* grey / green patent leather belt – Ginger & Smart

* fuchsia fabric belt – Ginger & Smart

* black wide brim hat – Condura

* sunglasses – Ray Ban Wayfarers sqaure

* faux leather visor – Witchery {current season – SS13/14}

* fuchsia cotton scarf – gift from my mum!

* silver mini messenger bag – Scanlan Theodore

* beach bag – Witchery

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