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EAST Indian summer mirror dress, �125
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British weather means that many of us will be jetting off to sunnier climates this summer.

Packing for a holiday can be a chore but it should also fill us with hopeful anticipation.

When it comes to packing, it’s best to have a strategy and be highly organised. Up to a week before your trip, start a list of all the items you will need.

Count the days and nights that you are away and start laying out your clothes. It is best to try on entire outfits to feel confident that you have nailed your look before you go.

You will need layers in your travel outfit as you will probably be leaving the British chill and planes often feel like fridges – a lightweight top with a structured cardigan-jacket hybrid would look good but still pulled together and stylish in the check-in queue.

Keep your packing tonal as far as possible – everything should go with everything else, and mix and match. Choose sandals, flats or flip-flops in a neutral metallic as they will work with everything.

Make sure your swimwear co-ordinates with a sarong, kaftan or sun dress. Uniformity of pattern and colour is slimming and elongates the body, whilst covering up the less than perfect bits.

If a bikini fills you with trepidation, figure flattering swimsuits can be found in most high street department stores. Look for styles with ruching, hidden under-wiring for the bust and control panels for the tummy. Wrap styles help to create an hourglass and a darker colour will minimise.

Don’t pack anything precious in your suitcase and if it’s valuable, wear it while travelling. Otherwise, stick to costume jewellery for jazzing up any outfit from casual daytime T-shirts to beautiful dresses for the evening. Monsoon’s Accessorize has great collections for inexpensive holiday jewellery, sandals and wraps.

A multi-tasking tote is also essential. It should be light, foldable and waterproof so that you can use it on the beach or on the plane.

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