Whether you are heading for a relaxing trip to the sun, a late-winter ski holiday, or a spring break in the British countryside, there's no need to take a suitcase bulging with clothes. With careful planning, a few essentials will happily carry you through your entire trip.
The key to any capsule wardrobe is to pick a colour palette and make sure that every item you take coordinates. That way, every item in your suitcase will be working overtime.
Even if there's limited space in your suitcase, there's no need to sacrifice style. Your holiday wardrobe should have pieces that keep you comfortable and looking classic during the day, then, with a change of shoes or top, will have you looking chic and glamorous in the evening.
TRIP TO THE SUN
DAY (left): Piazza Sempione trousers, £249, Fenwick: 0207 629 9161. Navy swimsuit, £175, www.heidiklein.co.uk Straw hat, £115, www.heidiklein.co.uk. Belt, £4.99, H&M: 0207 323 2211. Bag, £6, Primark: 01189 606 300. Bangles, £10, www.marksandspencer.com. Shoes, £98, www.frenchsole.co.uk
NIGHT: Piazza Sempione trousers, £249, Fenwick: 0207 629 9161. Green top, £29.99, Massimo Dutti: 0207 851 1280. Embellished waist coat, £29.99, Massimo Dutti: 0207 851 1280. Bangles, £35 each, www.mirabellejewellery.co.uk. Ring, £6, www.accessorize.co.uk. Peep toe shoes, £75, Dune: 0207 258 3605
If you're planning on a little rest and relaxation in the sun, a swimsuit is your key piece. Head to Heidi Klein for a beautiful classic, or Primark if you want an on-trend, throwaway bikini. For day, a pair of chinos and a floppy hat will keep you cool for sight- seeing, while a loose embellished top and a pair of heels will give you just the right amount of evening glamour.
To look cool on the slopes and stylish for après- ski, a great jacket is the staple item to build your capsule wardrobe around. A jacket with a hood and fur trim looks chic off the piste and will give you some extra protection if it starts snowing. Alternatively, Sweaty Betty has a great range of skiwear in black (which goes with everything), and lots of fur accessories to finish off your look.
THE CITY BREAK
DAY (left): Maxmara graphic print dress, £345, Fenwick: 0207 629 9161. Max & Co stone trench coat, £329, Fenwick: 0207 629 9161. Grey stud detail bag, £119.20, www.jaeger.co.uk. Gold ring, £360, Pomegranate: 0207 937 massimo 9735
Tan shoes, £19.90, Zara: 0207 534 9500
NIGHT: Paula Ka cropped jacket, £159, Fenwick: 0207 629 9161. Cuff, £5, www.newlook.co.uk. Cream bag, £29.99, Massimo Dutti: 0207 851 1280. Platform courts, £420, www.gina.com
If you're strolling the cultured streets of a European city, a classic shift dress will take you from day to night effortlessly. With all that walking, a pair of flat pumps are the comfortable option. Then simply cover up with a neutral trenchcoat to protect you from April showers.
In the evening, a pair of heels, some extra jewellery and a cropped jacket will give you an elegant edge.
And if you're opting for a spring break in Britain, then a pair of wellington boots is a must-have for walking across muddy fields. Simply wear with jeans to keep your feet cosy and dry. For an investment, a pair of Hunter or Dubarry wellies will last for ever. Otherwise, try Joules or Littlewoods for cheaper and more colourful styles.
ON THE SLOPES
DAY (left): Cream Gilet, £69.99, www.columbiasportswear.co.uk. Top, £25, www.marksandspencer.com
Trousers, £140, www.sweatybetty.com. Black beanie hat, £5.99, H&M: 0207 323 2211. Adidas by Stella McCartney boots, £84, www.sweatybetty.com. Mittens, £31, www.sweatybetty.co.uk
NIGHT:: Cream Gilet, £69.99, www.columbiasportswear.co.uk. Jumper, £29.99, Massimo Dutti: 0207 851 1280
Jeans, £19.99, Zara: 0207 534 9500. Ear Muffs, £24, www.sweatybetty.com. Fur boots, £55, www.dorothyperkins.com
DAY (left): MIH Marrakesh jeans, £153, Harvey Nichols: 0207 235 5000. Beige top, £14.90, Zara: 0207 534 9500
Piazza Sempione coat, £449, Fenwick: 0207 629 9161. Trilby hat, £39, www.jigsaw-online.com
Scarf, £9.90, Zara: 0207 534 9500. Vanessa Bruno bag, £469, Fenwick: 0207 629 9161. Wellies, £60, www.hunter-boot.com
NIGHT: MIH Marrakesh jeans, £153, Harvey Nichols: 0207 235 5000. Blazer jacket, £39.90, Zara: 0207 534 9500
Navy top, £7.99, H&M: 0207 323 2211. Made bangles, £40, www.johnlewis.com. Locket necklace, £14, www.accessorize.co.uk. Clutch, £49.50, www.marksandspencer.com. Courts, £165, Russell & Bromley: 0207 629 6903
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