The Only 10 Items You Need In Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

Because who bothers paying for hold luggage anymore?

Holiday capsule wardrobe

From swimming to sight-seeing, all you really need for your next sun-soaked getaway are ten versatile staples, from to a that will give you a wealth of mix and match options to take you from day to night. Plus, with the increasingly draconian luggage allowances and hefty charges, having a minimal fuss-free summer wardrobe is doubly ideal for your bank balance.

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rae feather basket bag
The capacious straw bag

Rae Feather Monogram Basket - £175

Is there anything that screams summer as much as a straw bag? When it comes to condensing luggage down to capsule wardrobe quantities, you need a bag that carries it all - from your wallet to a beach towel. You'd be hard-pressed to scroll through your instagram feed and not find a straw or raffia iteration. Step outside the mould with a personalised one, courtesy of Rae Feather.

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holiday capsule wardrobe
A flattering one-piece

Hunza G swimsuit - £120

Although the bikini will always have its place, there's something exceptionally pleasing about a well-fitting swimsuit. Plus, it doubles up as a cute day top when paired with cut-off shorts or a midi-skirt. Versatile - the very definition of a capsule wardrobe.

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holiday capsule wardrobe
A day-to-night white midi dress

La Ligne white cotton-blend midi dress - £395

A white midi dress like this style in breezy cotton will always be a winner, holiday after holiday. Casual enough to wear in the day yet easily dressed up for evening promenades, it will occupy minimal space in your hotel wardrobe and accentuate your bronzed glow too.

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Holiday capsule wardrobe
A pair of comfortable sandals

Topshop brown woven sandals - £24

Although you may fantasise about your summer-self wearing glamorously vertiginous wedges all day long, the reality is you really need some sturdy yet stylish A-B flats, like this braided pair.

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holiday capsule wardrobe
Some denim cutoffs

H&M denim cut offs - £17.99

Denim shorts will always be a summer wardrobe staple, especially when you're building a small capsule wardrobe, thanks to their multi-tasking power and timeless appeal. Find the right fit and you'll never want to step out of them.

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Holiday capsule wardrobe
A breton tee

Current/Elliott - £75

Your summer wardrobe wouldn't be complete without the perfect breton tee. This humble hero is so effortless to wear, yet has maximum impact and will give your wardrobe a soupçon of French-girl style. Just look to tastemakers Alexa Chung and Kate Moss for evidence of its iconic status.

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EUGENIA KIM straw hat
A straw hat

Eugenia Kim straw hat - £470

There's something about a straw hat that instantly makes you feel as though you're sunning on a yacht in the French Riviera with a cool drink in hand. Capable of elevating your sundress and sandal ensemble to something a bit more glamorous whilst protecting your face from UV rays, it's a hard-working accessory.

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loewe scarf
The multi-purpose scarf

Loewe - £148

Light and compact, the multi-purpose scarf is a summer saviour. Tie it around your waist to wear to the beach, or loop it around your neck to keep you warm on breezier evenings.

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holiday capsule wardrobe
A pair of linen trousers

Warehouse beige linen culottes - £20

A pair of lightweight and breathable linen trousers are perfect for when you want to be more covered up, but don't want to excessively sweat behind the knees. A white pair will go with most tops, and score you extra points on the glamour scale.

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cult gaia earrings
Statement earrings

Cult Gaia - £100

Instagram's favourite bit of jewellery, the statement earring will occupy the tiniest bit of space in your luggage, yet have a transformative effect over your whole outfit. Tie your hair up and leave your shoulders bare for maximum effect.

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