Holiday packing for Autumns
The Autumn palette might not feel like the obvious one for holidays, but you have so many warm, vibrant options at your disposal that once you start to look at the right parts of the palette you'll find it easy. Keep it light, airy and relaxed with Apricot, Soft White, Fennel and Sunshine Yellow, or take things up to a totally tropical level with Orange, Sunset Saffron, Geranium and Tropical Jade.
Here's my holiday packing selection for Autumns, but read on for how to personalise your holiday packing, to ensure that holiday wardrobe crises are a thing of the past!
psst... And if this wardrobe feels perfect for your palette, but not your personal style, click through to the other seasonal palettes, as I've done something slightly different for each.
1 Snow White Suzon Bermuda Shorts | 2 Cinnamon & Cream Breton Stripe Boat Neck | 3 Electric Lime Pippa Top | 4 Burnt Orange Everyday Scoop | 5 Soft White Sleeveless V | 6 Golden Spice Rachel Jacket | 7 Mallard Short Cascade Wrap | 8 Poppy Cashmere Gauze Stole | 9 Cream Gabriella Tee | 10 Cream Carly Skirt | 11 Mallard Willow Scarf | 12 Golden Ditsy Alice Skirt
Top tips for Autumn holiday packing:
- Pick your 'neutral'. This doesn't need to be a true neutral (for your palette these true neutrals are colours like Marine Navy, Chocolate, Tan, and Soft White), but needs to be a flexible shade that will mix and match with a variety of brights. If you're travelling somewhere hot you might find Cream or Soft White most helpful, or perhaps a classic casual shade like Khaki or Fennel for a laid back summer look.
- Ensure you have a few key pieces - bottom, top, cover up - in your chosen neutral.
- Pick some favourite colourful pieces to go with your neutral. Start by limiting yourself to three or four colours for this step - it's easier to add a few extra brights later than to pare things back once you realise your wardrobe has gone full on fluorescent! Remember to honour your personal style here. For instance, if you have a very classic, Minimalist style, you might prefer to pop another neutral or two in here rather than all brights.
- Make sure you add a print or two! There's nothing like days on end of block colours to make you realise how much versatility a print adds to your wardrobe. Make sure it pairs happily with your chosen neutral.
- Split your time into themes. For example, travel, sightseeing, beach, meals out. Ensure you have an outfit for each theme, using crossover pieces wherever possible. For instance, the Sleeveless V might take you from laid back sightseeing with shorts and trainers to evening out with an Alice Skirt and your favourite jewellery. Top tip: ensure you have suitable footwear for each theme too - a pair of flat comfortable shoes and a pair of prettier sandals will get you through most warm weather eventualities if you're tight for space.
- Think about temperature extremes and ensure you have adequate clothing - a cover up for chilly evenings and air conditioning, a lightweight skirt or shorts for the warmest days.
- Add accessories. This is the easiest place to add maximum interest to your outfits with minimum packing space sacrifice. A well placed Cashmere Gauze Stole can finish off a simple evening outfit, provide a modest cover up, and keep you cosy on an air conditioned flight, all while adding a joyful bright colour to your look. Jewellery in your best metal (yellow or mixed metal, depending on your seasonal sub-type) will finish off even the simplest outfit.
- Don't forget underwear! Ensure you have the right undies to feel your best in your brights - think smooth lines and well fitting.
- If you have any extra space, now is your chance to add in some fun extra colours! Those which didn't make the cut for your initial four or so colours can now be added in - just make sure they play nicely with your chosen neutral or they're going to come back home pristine and unworn. Remember that as an Autumn you'll find tonal pieces that can layer with similar colours incredibly flexible, but if ever there was a time to bring out your brighter, high contrast side, surely the summer holidays is it!
If you would like to see holiday packing suggestions for the other seasons, use the links below: