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The Art Of Packing: Our Guide To Travelling Light

Posted on August 15 2012

The summer is nearly over, as are the Olympics, which means many are jetting off to sunnier climes to enjoy the last bit of sunshine before winter is upon us.  Last minute trips often mean having no option but to pack the bare minimum. The burden of hand-luggage-only journeys are an all to regular occurence for some, so for those of you going away check out our travel guide and tips for travelling light... Unfortunately some of these items are only available in-store, but there's plenty of each to chose from so be sure to pop-in before you jet off! POOLSIDE GLAMOUR What? She's had enough of the drizzly, grey weather here in Blighty and princess hasn't had a chance to show off her(bottled) tan. Mon dieu! What is a glamour puss like her to do? Solution? Jet off to somewhere classy on the Med and attempt sneaking onto the yachts of Oligarchs . Failing that, just pose glamorously by the pool (Pucci-esque heels essential) Who? She idolises Grace Kelly, Joan Collins (pre surgery) and Angelica Houston for that Riviera-chic style and takes inspiration from cinched waists of the '50s and OTT prints from the 1970's. A soft but bold beach bag is essential for saving space in her case. Where? St. Tropez, Lake Como, just anywhere that isn't near the Costa Brava, dahling. Clockwise from top... Straw Bag £20.00 available here Polka Dot Skirted Swimsuit £14.00 available here Floral Swimhat £18.00 available here and in-store Beyond Retro Label Kelly-Marie Silk Capelet £28.00 in-store only Halterneck Swimsuit £15.00 available here Polka Dot Sunglasses £8.00 in-store only Floppy Straw Hat £16.00 in-store only Turban £10.00 available here and in-store SUMMER IN THE CITY What? This girl's idea of heaven is the hustle and bustle of city-life somewhere hot (London doesn't suffice). A big geek when it comes to sight-spotting and she's thumbed the pages of all the best restaurants listed in her Lonely Planet guidebook. Because she's saved up to splurge, she needs space in her bag. So she's packed stylish one pieces that can be mixed and matched for all occasions, like her fold-up hat that's the ultimate space saver. Smart cookie. Who? She channels the eccentric style of Carrie Bradshaw and Anna Della Russo with the effortless practicality of Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung Where? Any cities that mix must-see sights with a must-see night-life like New York, Berlin or Barcelona Clockwise from top... Fold-Up Straw Visor £12.00 in-store only Cotton Cocktail Dress £26.00 available here Floral Jacket £20.00 available here San Francisco T-Shirt £16.00 available here Clear Cat-Eye Sunglasses £8.00 in-store only Beyond Retro Label Kristofj Documents Case £24.00 in-store only Straw Boater £12.00 in-store only Halterneck Swimsuit £15.00 available here FESTIVAL What? She's addicted to partying and through years of clubbing has wised up to the fact it's better to save the best till last. That's why she waits for the end of season parties rather than peak to soon. She's done all the London festivals, lost her mind at Hackney Weekend and plans to do the same abroad. And because it's hot, she can take (and wear) the bare minimum. Bingo. Who? Rihanna, Azealia Banks and Pixie Geldoff Where? Ibiza and Croatia. Failing that, Bestival Clockwise from top... Feather Lashes £7.00 in-store only Floral Garland £9.50 small, £13.50 large in-store only Mesh T-Shirt £14.00 available here Lady Gaga Glasses £8.00 in-store only Neon Swimsuit £15.00 available here Whistle necklace £7.00 in-store only Baseball Cap £6.00 in-store only Beyond Retro Tote Bag £5.00 in-store only 90s Bikini £14.00 available here ACTION ADVENTURE What? This girl is action-packed and her middle name is adventure. Her desire to get out of the UK is unlike your typical escape as she wants to explore Amazonian Jungles and trek across mountains. In other words, she wants to avoid human contact, but still has style in mind. Practicality is key, but she's made her packing decisions wisely. Who? Ava Gardner in Mogambo, Katherine Hepburn in African Queen and Sheena the Queen of the Jungle Where? Safari in Kenya, Camel Riding in Marrakesh or exploring the Jungles of Thailand Clockwise from top... Tropical Blouse £17.00 available here Straw Trilby £10.00 in-store only Lightweight Playsuit £24.00 available here Woven Leather Sandals £18.00 in-store only Tropical Print Culottes £16.00 available here Round Sunglasses £8.00 in-store only Canvas Rucksack £22.00 available here and in-store Leopard Print Swimsuit £16.00 available here