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However, with the unpredictable climate of the British Isles, this year we need our holiday wardrobes to work harder for us than ever before.
So what’s the secret to styling your staycation like the experts?
“The key to a successful holiday wardrobe is versatility.” explains Clare Jones, Personal Stylist at John Lewis Liverpool.
“You want to pack a collection of pieces that work well together, helping you to create different outfits depending on your mood or where the day takes you. My number one pick is a relaxed shirt, and this is where it really comes into its own. You can throw one on with skirts and shorts, layer it over swimwear on the beach or use it as a jacket over dungarees or sundresses.”
When it comes to layering, more is more, and mastering the art not only means you’ll be ready for changeable weather but you’ll also have the ability to style up outfits in a myriad of different ways. Pack vests to go under dresses and blouses when it’s a bit nippy, then if it hots up, you can strip down to your camisole and soak up the sun. Long-sleeved jersey T-shirts (think Breton stripes or neutral colours) are perfect to layer under dungarees, dresses and even shirts, and don’t forget to pack a warm sweater or cardigan for when it inevitably cools down in the evenings. Top it off with a rain coat for the showers and you’ll be ready for anything.
Despite offering a decidedly less reliable weather forecast, a broad spectrum suncream is non-negotiable, even in the UK, as harmful UV rays can penetrate the cloudiest of skies. For an SPF that the whole family can use, try Ultra Sun’s SPF30 Family Ultra Sensitive Sun Cream or Liz Earle’s Environmental Defence Cream with SPF25. It’s always worth packing a few trouble-shooters too and you’ll thank us for Philip Kingsley’s 1 More Day Dry Shampoo which soothes the scalp while allowing you to eke out another precious wash-free day without the faff of unearthing hairdryers and styling tools.
“My advice is to pick clothes that make you feel happy, but that are both versatile & practical – and definitely include a showerproof jacket! We’re here to advise you during your appointment and you’re under no obligation to buy, we don’t work on commission – we just want you to leave feeling confident and ready to face the world ” – Clare Jones.
John Lewis & Partners offer free one-to-one Personal Styling sessions in store and from the comfort of your own home through video call appointments. A team of 6 Personal Stylists in Liverpool can help you navigate all of their brands to find pieces that are perfect for you, whether you’re searching for something stand-out for a special occasion or refining your everyday wardrobe.
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