How to pack for your holiday

jenni b Model wears designs by Jenni Button at Cape Town Fashion Week 2012. Pictures: SDR Photos

Do you pack just-in-cases instead of suitcases, sit on your trunk to get it closed, and still feel all wrong on holiday? Get ready to change your ways! Jenni Button, the designer behind the Philosophy brand, will have you vaycay-ready in a flash.

One of the best known talents in fashion (she left a job in advertising to set up her first store 30 years ago), Jenni is known for easy sophisticated looks: strong but never overdone, sexy but subtle too.

With Jenni in the house, a stylish holiday is in your future!


Space-saving must-packs

Light summer dresses can be worn with flat sandals during the day and with heels in the evening;

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A masculine linen shirt doubles up as a kaftan on the beach or by the pool and works as a light dressing gown at night;

A neutral clutch looks good at a beach bar or an evening restaurant;

White linen trousers protect you from sunburn by day and they’re smart enough to wear out at night.


Easy steps to go from beach to bar

1 Sweep a coral or melon blusher onto your cheeks and shoulders and add a lipstick or gloss in the same hue.

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2 Throw on a pair of fabulous bright wedges.

3 Add a kaftan in an eye-catching digital print.

4 Slick conditioner through wet hair and tie into a sleek ponytail.


Help! How do I choose a bikini if I’m…

… Pear-shaped?

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Look for a ’50s-style high-waisted bikini bottom in black or dark navy and a full top with thick straps to balance out your figure.

… Athletic?

Halterneck or one-strap bikini tops will break up your shoulders, while bikinis with feminine patterns and colours will provide an elegant feel.

… Petite?

Opt for a bikini with a fuller, curve-creating top (padded pieces come in handy here!) and flaunt your figure in bright colours and floral prints.

… Hourglass?

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Go for a classic triangle-cut bikini in one colour, with side ties to make the most of your sexy shape.


Must-pack accessories

Whatever your destination, a classic fedora hat; great sunglasses; a big, bright tote; pretty T-bar sandals or flip-flops; strappy heels for night.


Hot hues for your holiday

In the city: black, white, orange

At the beach: turquoise, acid yellow, bright pink

At a music festival: fatigue green, taupe, orange

At a resort: white, orange, bright pink


Expert tips

“Silk scarves instantly switch up an outfit, save your shoulders from the sun and won’t take up space!”

“Layer tissue paper between items in your suitcase and you’ll avoid creasing.”

* This article appears in the December issue of Glamour magazine, which is full of holiday tips and looks.

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