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Put together a summer capsule wardrobe on a budget for 2016

Published 20 July 2016 by

It can be all too easy to overpack for a summer holiday. And if you’re only going away for a week you really don’t need that much – you could even save by putting everything in your hand luggage.

Not sure what to take for a week in the sun? Don’t worry, we’re going to take you through our top picks from the high-street – and it won’t cost you more than £100 for the lot!*

Dresses

Try to limit yourself to just four dresses – two for the beach and two for the evening. This ivory kaftan from Primark would be great for lounging by the pool, and it’s only £8.

You could also try something like this blue stripe dress from Primark for the evening. The off-the-shoulder look is on trend and it won’t set you back much at just £13.

Tops

Basic tops are essential for a summer trip, and they’re not too pricey either. Take this yellow V-neck from Primark – it’s only £4, meaning you can even afford to pick up a couple.

A lightweight blouse can really dress up a simple look, so why not consider something like this black floral blouse from Primark. It looks much more expensive than its £8 price tag.

Shorts

Whether you’re exploring a new city or lounging by the pool, a pair of shorts are a must. These shorts from H&M are not too expensive and can even be dressed up for an evening out. At just £14.99, they’re not a bad price!

Skirt

Denim is one material that doesn’t seem to go out of fashion – so why not pick up a denim skirt like this from Tesco. It’s high-waisted and features a frayed hem. Like what you see? It’s currently on sale at just £10, so be quick!

Trousers

Put a fresh take on an evening outfit by trying a pair of palazzo pants – you’ll be able to overindulge over dinner in these! This pair of grey stripe trousers will look chic when matched with some heeled sandals and they’re just £8!

Swimwear

A swimsuit that tends to flatter most figures is a full-body one, so why not try something like this frill swimsuit from Primark. It’s only £13 and features an intricate design.

Not sure how to pick the best swimsuit for your body type? Check out our blog.

Shoes

There’s no need to pack any more than two pairs of shoes in your suitcase. You’ll need one pair of sandals for the beach and another for heading out in the evening.

For day-to-day wear, you could try to find something like this pair of tan sandals from Primark. And this pair of ankle strap sandals from Primark could do the trick for the evening – and they’re wide fit summer sandals too! Both pairs come in under £12.

So there you have it, our guide to creating a summer capsule wardrobe for a week away. The items featured in our capsule wardrobe cost just £95.99 – what a bargain!

All that’s left to do now is throw in your essentials like your PJs and underwear, find your beach bag, and you’ll be all set for your seasonal adventure.

Recently booked a holiday? Remember to get travel insurance as early as possible.

*Prices correct at time of writing – 18/07/16

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