Heading off on a holiday in the coming weeks? If you find yourself packing all sorts of impractical outfits and returning home with them still neatly folded in your luggage, we've asked fashion designer, Christian Cowan, how you can strike the right balance of style and comfort during your holidays.
I don't know about you, but when I daydream about my next holiday, I often think about what I will wear. I'm actually pretty good when it comes to only packing what's needed. Years of making short trips have taught me how to compile a decent capsule wardrobe. I even manage to pack lighter than my husband, which I'm always keen to boast about!
However, after my most recent overseas holiday, I came home with roughly one-third of clothing clean and unworn. I had packed the wrong things. My beautiful bejeweled kaftans returned clean, while my denim shorts and cotton beach dress saw high-rotation.
Research according to Booking.com has revealed that four in ten Aussies say looking good while on holiday is important, 39 per cent of us want to look good for social media. (Guilty.) So, what's the secret to practical packing?
"Heels are always a great option to have with you, especially for occasions when you want to dress up," says Christian. "Try a block heel for greater comfort, especially if you’re going to be walking a lot." Try to narrow it down to one pair, which will go with almost all of your outfits. A nude pair will be your best friend.
When choosing your holiday headwear, should you value style or practicality? "Hats are a great accessory to have fun with on holidays, and you can easily incorporate style and practicality in one," says Christian. "For example; a large, oversized beach hat looks chic and will also protect you from the sun."
What you think you'll wear at the beach and what you actually end up wearing can be two separate things. Try to aim for a balance and pack both your comfortable one-piece and fail-safe coverup, as well as your special swimwear - or in my case a sparkly kaftan. "Don’t be afraid to wear the same item more than once," says Christian.
It's easy to get carried away with toiletries, but when packing for a trip (especially one overseas) consider what you actually need and what you can live without. Christian says, "Be sure to include toiletries that are suitable for the weather, like included SPF if you're going somewhere hot." Don't forget to look out for travel-sized bottles of your favourite skincare and shampoo.