‘I’m a fashion writer. Here are my 5 rules for packing for a holiday.’

Think about it, what elevates any outfit? Accessories. That doesn’t change just because you’re going on holiday!

After laying out all the clothes I want to take, I think about what jewellery will go with each outfit. Then which sunglasses and handbag.

I might just be wearing a white T-shirt and denim shorts, but I’m also wearing chunky gold earrings and cool oversized sunnies; a woven beach bag if we’re going down to the pool.

Accessories are something we often forget when packing (at least I did for a really long time). 

Now it’s the one thing I always remember — because you can buy a new white tee, but you can’t always replace your favourite sunglasses or necklace.

2. Sets are your best friend.

Our lifestyle team has said it before, but I’ll say it again: sets make getting dressed (whether on holiday or not) that much easier.

I always take one or two with me on tropical holidays that I know I can wear together and with other pieces I’m taking. 

I recently took my casual shirt and shorts set from LMND, which I take whenever I travel, and a new one from Petal & Pup, which I’ve been told looks way more expensive than it is (the very best compliment).

2. Don’t take your nice shoes unless you really need to.

This completely depends on where you’re going, but I usually leave my good shoes at home. Same with handbags.

They might be two of my favourite things, but at the risk of ruining or losing them, I instead take shoes I still love but don’t mind roughing up.