Being a frequent traveller, I have to have a capsule wardrobe that’s ready to go at a moments notice. I leave my suitcase half packed as you never know when the phone is going to ring, asking me to jet off to the other side of the world. Being away from home a lot of the time means that I don’t get chance to wear a lot of my fashion that is suited best to the UK weather, so I indulge in holiday specific clothing and accessories. A good pair of sunglasses, a sleek clutch bag and my purse that can be taken from the UK to abroad without the need to swap all my cards from one to another. There’s three items that I have been loving lately and have been with me for the last few weeks whilst I’ve been away, and they are definitely my holiday fashion essentials.
A good purse lasts a long time, and there are a few specifics that I look for when choosing my latest one. I need a coin compartment that’s big enough to hold handfuls of change, several slots for cards and something that fits with my personal style. The Ted Baker Lindar Crystal Rose Gold Bow purse is a travel exclusive design, although there are variations from Ted Baker retailers. The nude patent leather and rose gold hardware is exactly what I want in a purse, and holds everything that I need. It opens to reveal card slots for the most used cards, a clip compartment for change, slots for notes and receipts, which I really must go through, as well as a smaller coin zip compartment on the rear. Although it retails for around £75, I have found it to be one of the better quality non designer purses that I’ve owned. As it’s coming up to around a year of owning it, it still looks as good as new with the patent leather being quite hardwearing. I’ve yet to find any scratches or any damage and wear and tear to the hardware. House of Fraser does have a style that’s very similar to the Lindar; the Cecile Large Flapover purse.
For travelling, I need a clutch bag that fulfils all my needs. One that can be taken out as a clutch, or as a small shoulder bag, that fastens securely and has zipped compartments that can keep items secure. I received this Koko Couture clutch* before Christmas and it was ideal for My my New Year night out. Taking away the need for a purse, the clutch bag has built in card compartments, a large space for essentials like my phone and make up, and a zipped compartment for my keys and cash. The shoulder strap can be removed and the grey colour of the bag works with most of my neutral colour palette wardrobe. Although the current design isn’t available anymore, I’d be more than happy to add more Koko Couture bags to my collection, with their reasonable prices and great quality fabrics.
I have a slight obsession at the moment with sunglasses, especially the ones from Quay Australia. I’m like a woman possessed and often find myself stalking the ASOS website looking for the Quay sale and trying to justify that £40 is a reasonable amount to spend on a pair of sunglasses that will inevitably get ruined by being smashed into my bag or sitting on them by accident when sitting on my sun lounger. The Quay Australia My Girl Cat Eyes with Mirror lenses were unashamedly purchased because they are so Instagrammable. I have no shame. Saying that, they are a great pair of glasses and really do protect my eyes from the sun and mirrored lenses reflect the glare. I’ve just been browsing and there are a few pairs in the sale, and I have an itchy trigger finger. Somebody stop me!
Do you have any holiday fashion essentials that you can’t go away without? I’d love to know what you suggest.
*Contains PR Samples