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STYLE ADVICE: I’m going to Madrid for a weekend break – hand luggage only – what should I pack?

Posted on: August 17, 2015

QUESTION: Hi. I’m going to Madrid in October. Hand luggage only! Museums in the day and dining out at night. I’m size 16.

ANSWER: Your Spanish adventure sounds wonderful, especially in October when Autumn is in full swing. The key to packing light is to choose a selection of clothes, shoes and accessories that all go with one another! That way you can mix-and-match your outfits each day depending on your schedule and the weather. With this in mind, we’ve found a selection of items we think you’ll love:

1. Mango dress, £22.99 : – for sightseeing days, a shirt dress will do just the trick! Team with a pair casual sneakers for maximum comfort. The belted waist accentuates your gorgeous frame, creating a flattering silhouette, whilst the v-neck elongates your upper half. If the weather is going to be touch and go, take a cardi that will easily pop In a fabric tote bag which weighs close to nothing and folds neatly into your carry-on luggage:

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2. Monsoon jacket, NOW £17.70: – Choose a versatile cardigan that can also act as a jacket for evenings or chilly days. We love this monsoon cover-up as the print adds a stylish twist your outfit, yet the neutral colours will complement everything else you’re wearing:

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3. Violeta jeans, £34.99: – Darker shades of denim are not only more flattering but are also more versatile for wearing day into evening. For sightseeing, pop on closed toe shoes that allow you to wear socks, and then for a change in the evening, roll up the ankle of the trousers to create a ‘capri’ style and slip on a pair of delicate loafers or ballet flats:

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4. Banana Republic t-shirt, £9.99: – A couple of t-shirts in plain colours are a capsule wardrobe must for any trip. Neutral tones such as white, grey and navy are a real staple an can also be worn in the evening with blazer jacket or fine knit cardigan:

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5. Jigsaw sneakers, £35: – A comfortable pair of shoes should be your number one purchase! We think this pair by Jigsaw are wonderful as the colour is easy to match and they make for a perfect plane shoe. Easy to pop off and back on during airport security and they’ll feel like slippers throughout the flight!

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6. East bag, £20: – A light shoulder bag is another essential, preferably one you can fold into your carry-on luggage if you’re only allowed one bag. This colour is an all-year-round option and will compliment the shirt dress as well as the jeans/cardi combo outfit:

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7. Ballet flats, £16: – In the evenings, you’ll want a smarter option of footwear, which is where ballet flats sneak in perfectly! Ballet shoes can be worn in every season, from floral summer dresses, to winter a-line dresses with a pair of black tights. When you find a comfortable style, purchase two!

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8. Violeta top, NOW £17.49: – For a lovely evening outfit, opt for a no-crease no-fuss crepe blouse. You’ve mentioned yellow is one of your favourite colours to wear so we couldn’t help but recommend this gorgeous bright top which will team perfectly with the navy jeans and ballet flats mentioned above:

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9. Coast earrings, £15: – Complete your evening outfit with a beautiful pair of drop earrings which will add instant glamour to any ensemble:

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10. Warehouse scarf, £8: – Lastly it’s always worth packing a scarf, something light and soft – air conditioning on the plane is always unpleasant so you’ll be glad to have something to wrap around you. Karen x 

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