How To Look Effortlessly Chic On Holiday

Ever since I began blogging about fashion, I have had a walk-in wardrobe. It’s my happy place, it’s where I gather my thoughts and it’s definitely where I do my best work pairing outfits. But guess what, I can’t take it with me when I travel ? ? ?

I just arrived back in London from beautiful Taormina, Sicily. After a few summer trips around Europe this year, I’ve had to master the art of looking chic when all the dresses I have with me have been packed in my suitcase. And it’s not like I have ready access to dry cleaning and not even necessarily an iron and an ironing board.

So as a content creator I have to make the most out of these trips, and I can’t pack outfits that will leave me helpless because they haven’t been neatly hanging on a rack!

So my tips below prove that you don’t have to fly a cast and crew of wardrobe experts with you in order to get the right look on your travels. I hope you enjoy them, and don’t forget to share your own in the comments section!

  1. Put together a wardrobe that fits the destination: As soon as a trip is booked, I immediately look for outfits that will go with a location. Search some of your destinations using hashtags on Instagram and look at what you think works and doesn’t work from other people’s shots. It helps to start looking early, because once you have ideas in your head about what looks you want, your subconscious will take over and it will keep an eye out for what works. But you need to give yourself time for this process to take its course.
  2. Pack pieces that you can wear straight from your suitcase: This depends on what kind of holiday it is, but here I knew I’d either be by the beach or wandering around a historic town – I chose this Pampalone Maxi Dress because it had that Roman/Greek look that suited Taormina so well. And I also packed a playsuit, a kaftan, swimsuits and denim shorts. I love denim shorts as I can just live in these and style different tops with them. I always have plenty of white tees and sneakers too, which I wear between shoots.
  3. Pack accessories: An outfit isn’t complete without the right accessories, so pack 3-4 small totes and bags that are easy to fold in your bag to use on your holiday. Don’t forget to take some cute sandals and espadrilles. I don’t normally take heels on my beach holidays because I never end up using them, even though I get nervous going anywhere without heels! So cute sandals or wedges are your best bet. Hats and sunnies are also a must!
  4. Hair care on the road: I try not spend too much time on my hair when I’m on holidays. I normally blow dry and curl my hair the day I fly out, and I if I’m lucky then that can last me almost the whole trip. Dry shampoo is my best friend! You can just wake up, apply a bit of dry shampoo and spend two minutes putting in a few curls! My hair usually stays curled for 4-5 days with a good use of hair spray. I find if I use a clip in my hair up at night instead of tying it, it doesn’t have any kinks in the morning.
  5. Easy skin care routine: I love using tinted SPF moisturisers on my trip. They’re easy to apply and they’re practical, and I don’t feel like I have a full face of make up on. Then a bit of powder and blush. I finish off with some bronzer and tinted lip balm and I’m done. Make sure you use a good SPF! We all need to protect our skin from the sun.

Outfit Details:

Pampalone Delphina Dress £185

Mango round small bag £49.99

Mango flat sandals ON SALE £17.99

I hope you guys enjoy your summer holiday! Thank you so much again for reading!


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  1. Roses for Fridays | by mia on August 1, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Always a very beautiful and sweet look … love ♥️the tips too! ????

    ??ROSES FOR FRIDAYS ??| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  2. BB Foxy on August 1, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    oh my god! So fantastic Pictures! I´m totally in love with your long dress. Perfectly ♥

    Love BB Foxy

  3. Jenelle on August 1, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    SPF is everything! It’s one of the first things I pack and something that I know people always forget. Haha, I feel like I am always loaning it out. Dry shampoo is such a life saver too, you are so right!
    xx Jenelle

  4. NaturallyChicandFeminine on August 2, 2018 at 2:32 am

    You look beautiful! Such great tips! Especially the one about packing things that you can wear straight from your suitcase. I like packing things that aren’t going to wrinkle easily.


  5. Corina on August 2, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Love those tips, dear. And your dress looks perfect on you!

    xo Corina

  6. Lisa Autumn on August 3, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Girl you always look effortlessly chic! Honestly you are the definition of it!

    x Lisa |

  7. Sonia Aicha on August 3, 2018 at 7:46 am

    perfect holiday look, very feminine. I really love that dress.

  8. Chloe on August 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

    Chloe x

  9. Nina on August 3, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Such great tips, I totally agree with all what you said ! You look so lovely and I adore that little cute bag !

    Much love!

  10. Jessica on August 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    That’s effortlessly fabulous dress you’re rocking out there dear! Your hair is super gorgeous too!

    Jessica |

  11. Katya on August 12, 2018 at 10:08 am

    You nailed it, my dear. You look so gorgeous!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  12. Miki (@mikialamode) on August 14, 2018 at 4:29 am

    I love your tips. You have such great travel style and this beautiful maxi dress is amazing. You look gorgeous Ashley!! BTW loving your YouTube channel. The edits are getting better and better!


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