I get massive summer wardrobe envy everywhere I travel, but especially in Ibiza when the style rating is off the charts. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m just not the kind of person who will ever be “fashionable”, so I’m focusing more on style and staples to make dressing and more importantly for me, packing easier. I’ve created a bit of a capsule summer wardrobe that allows me to mix and match and look as pulled together as possible with minimal effort.
Black, white and grey are my staple colours for clothes and I love tan leather accessories and some denim with silver jewellery and hats, hats, hats for bad hair days and shading from the sun.
I’ve also realised I need quality fabrics that both wash and wear well and comfortable shoes that are practical without putting me in the granny zone, after all I’m still yet to hit 30.
Before this Ibiza trip, I ordered a few bits from Marks and Spencer online and got the stuff delivered to the store because it was the fastest option and of course I left it until the last minute. They were actually delivered on a Sunday and it’s free, plus you can nip into the changing room to make sure everything fits and change anything you’re not sure about before leaving the shop. Handier for me than having to send things back!
I’ve been looking for crossover tan leather sandals for a while, because they’re leg lengthening and go with everything, but finding the right heel height has been tricky. That was until I found this pair in M&S. The Insolia insoles redistribute the weight away from the balls of your feet, so they’re much more comfy to wear all day, meaning I don’t have to think about bringing different shoes for day to night.
A white shirt has to be my number one summer wardrobe essential and it simply must be 100% cotton to keep cool in the sun, so I was pretty pleased when I found this one that was only €34. It’s got StayNEW technology that basically keeps it looking newer for longer by preventing bobbling etc. I suggest ordering at least one size down as they come up pretty big, just depends on how loose you want to wear it. I bought an 8 and I usually wear a 12, but I’m happy to only close a couple of buttons on it.
I say summer wardrobe, but obviously these things would apply to any sun holiday year-round and they’re pieces that won’t go out of fashion. Buying classics makes packing much easier, especially if you store things away and don’t look at them until your next big trip then think WTF when you’re looking at something that you can’t fathom was on trend only a year ago.
This black fedora is a total essench and travels well because it folds up and doesn’t lose its shape.
When it comes to swimwear, it goes without saying that you want something that fits well, so it’s important to be able to buy the top and bottoms separately to get the perfect fit. It’s no secret I’m a big fan of everything nautical, but sometimes full on stripes can be unflattering. I loved the design of this bikini that has a hint of a nauti vibe, it also comes in a one piece and has great support.
Capsule summer wardrobe essentials checklist:
Mix and match with:
- Ripped faded blue denim (skirts, shorts, jeans)
- Big reflective sunglasses
- Simple silver jewellery
- Black leather biker jacket for chilly evenings
- Black, white and grey basics like jersey t-shirts and vests
This post was supported by @shoppinglinks in association with a sponsorship by Marks & Spencer Ireland.
Images by Michael Vanarey Photography
As always, I would never speak about a brand or endorse products I don’t genuinely love, I hope that’s obvious as these are items I chose myself and actually wore on my trip to Ibiza. You can trust that all content on this site will always be authentic.