Holiday Style Guide: What to Pack by Destination

Fashion Editor

From a European beach retreat to a countryside staycation, make light work of packing thanks to Culture Trip’s guide by summer destination.

What to take on a beach retreat, Ibiza

Villa Esma, Ibiza, Spain

Where to stay: Villa Esma

What to do: Go for breakfast at Passion Café, eat fresh fish at Fish Shack, watch the sunset over Es Vedrà, hire mopeds to explore Ibiza Town

What to wear: There’s a unique sense of bohemia to Ibizan style that captures the easy-luxe attitude of the island but still feels put together. Hunza G’s much-coveted bikinis epitomise the look, especially when teamed with printed silk kimonos and crochet cover-ups. Eschew brights this year though, opting instead for stony shades and natural wood detailing and adding white linen and lace pieces to welcome a touch of femininity to the mix. Cult Gaia’s cage earrings are a chic way to add the label into your line-up without carrying the same bag as the rest of the style set.

The beach getaway packing edit, SS18

Zimmermann Iris lace-trimmed Swiss-dot cotton dress, £630 | Eugenia Kim Brigitte satin-trimmed hemp boater, £280 | Hunza G Domino embellished seersucker swimsuit, £135 | Talitha Printed silk crepe de chine robe, £565 | Cult Gaia Ark bamboo and gold-tone earrings, £85 | Saint Laurent Woven leather slides, £425

Packing for a historical city break, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Where to stay: Villa Orsula

What to do: Drink at Buza Bar, take the cable car to Restaurant Panorama, do a day trip to one of the city’s neighbouring islands

Travel essential: Clinique CC cream SPF30, Game of Thrones audiobook

What to wear: Dubrovnik itself has such a specific sense of architectural style that’s it’s hard not to feel inspired to dress accordingly but, as with many historical European cities, you’ll need to be prepared to negotiate cobbled streets, so practicality is key. A lightweight midi dress and layering options will work in just about any destination, so place focus on accessories to add city-specific creative flair. Vintage-inspired details like Alighieri’s natural-pearl earrings keep things artistic, while a raffia tote and flats make ever-chic black separates seem suddenly summer ready.

The historical city packing edit, SS18

Marysia Lahaina Swiss-dot cotton midi dress, £445 | Alighieri The Infernal Storm gold-plated pearl earrings, £350 | Loeffler Randall Circle pompom-embellished leather-trimmed straw tote, £340 | Elizabeth and James Branson cropped denim jacket, £335 | Sam Edelman Brandon embellished raffia slides, £95

Preparing for a modern city break, Stockholm

At Six Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

Where to stay: Hotel At Six

What to do: Eat in Fabrique Bakery, drink at Tak bar and restaurant, people watch in Östermalm

Travel essential: Portable phone charger, Pure Hollywood by Christine Schutt

What to wear: Stockholm is famed for its minimalist approach to fashion, but there’s something to be said for injecting a little personality into sleek, city-ready looks. Invest in By Malene Birger, one of Sweden’s modern heritage labels, but team its key tailoring pieces with something more eclectic. Spots and stripes are a fail-safe when it comes to prints ,while blush-pink and navy make for an approachable take on wearing colour. Ground looks with black leather accessories and add a pair of Le Specs’ much-loved skinny sunglasses for a trend-focused final touch.

The modern city packing edit, SS18

Zimmermann Ruffled polka-dot silk-georgette mini dress, £830 | Chloé Quinty suede and textured-leather sandals, £475 | Albus Lumen Monica cropped cotton and linen-blend top, £205 | Le Specs Outta Love oval-frame acetate sunglasses, £45 | Muuñ Marian leather and cotton-canvas tote, £445 | By Malene Birger Wenyana striped wool-blend straight-leg pants, £240

The countryside staycation essentials, Hampshire

Chewton Glen, Hampshire, UK

Where to stay: Chewton Glen

What to do: Visit the coastal town of Portsmouth, shop at Gunwharf Quays outlet village, ride horses in the New Forest, try falconry on site at the hotel

Travel essential: Car snacks and a good playlist

What to wear: Denim shorts are a forever summer staple, but it’s how you style them that keeps them current. Boxy jackets, cropped to the waist and worn oversized, reference SS18’s safari trend, and Khaite’s Bianca style will transform a classic off-duty look into something that’s right for now. Florals stay in favour, but they come in a more muted colour palette than previously seen. The Melody tie-sleeve maxi dress is exemplary of the look, fusing comfort and style in a way that only Zimmermann can. Pack light and keep versatile accessories on hand; the espadrille remains summer’s favourite shoe, but Chloé’s mini belt bag is the trend piece to covet.

The countryside staycation packing edit, SS18

Zimmermann Melody floral-print silk-crepon maxi dress £965 | Khaite Bianca double-breasted cotton-twill jacket, £1,225 | Off-White Distressed denim shorts, £305 | Chloé Pixie mini suede and textured-leather belt bag, £705 | Castañer Carina frayed canvas wedge espadrilles, £90

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