There is a fine art to packing – you have to resist taking all your worldly belongings with you but at the same time you don’t want to spend your holiday dressed in nothing but a swimming costume and flip flops. LISA PIDDINGTON, from Harvey Nichols Birmingham, offers advice on packing the perfect suitcase.


Apply the three-in-one rule: For every bottom you pack, take three tops to create different looks. Take four bottoms – a mix of shorts, skirts and cropped trousers – for a week-long holiday and five for a fortnight away.
Pictured: Free People open-shoulder top, £110; Free People printed jacket, £150; Free People ruffled top, £50.

No more than three pairs of shoes – no matter how long the trip: If you’re going somewhere hot you just need a pair of pretty flip flops or sliders, some dressy sandals and a pair of comfortable pumps for sightseeing.
Adidas Originals Campus suede trainers, £80; Sophia Webster sandals, £565; Valentino Rockstud sliders, £445.

Dresses are ideal for a capsule wardrobe: Take light dresses that can be scrunched into the corner of your case. Take three at the most –a beach dress and two dressier ones.
Pictured: Biondi embroidered kaftan, £310; Free People embroidered dress, £110; Keepsake floral print dress, £170.


Accessories that add wow: A great way to add va va voom to a wardrobe of basics. Oversized sunglasses add Jackie O glamour while beaded necklaces rock tribal chic. Pack small items in your shoes to keep them safe and to save room.
Pictured: Lola Rose beaded bracelet, £70; Prada round-frame sunglasses, £261; Atelier Swarovski rose wood necklace, £449.

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