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How to pack the 5,4,3,2,1 way for your next beach getaway!

Written by THARUSHI GUNARATNE for THE DESIGN COLLECTIVE

This time of year, if you’re going on a beach holiday you might want to give the 5,4,3,2,1 formula a try. You pack 5 tops, 4 bottoms, 3 dresses, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 swimsuits, 2 cover ups, 2 bags, 1 hat, some bling and sunglasses and you’re done! P.S. don’t forget to pack your essentials –mask and hand-sanitizer are a must!

Whether your next getaway is to a fancy resort, a boutique villa or even a local hostel, these cute vacation outfits will have you feeling ready for a day at the beach before you even step out of the house. From cute swimwear, to luxurious resort wear, to sleek cover ups,  to must-have beach bags, and everything in-between, here are some of our favourite vacation outfits.

Now since you have figured out how many items you’re packing, you don’t have to sit around looking through a mountain of clothes. Here are a few vacation style tips to thrive at the beach or the  pool or wherever else you end up: this season:

While a bathing suit is typically an essential part of any beach ensemble, let your accessories steal the spotlight. A lightweight hat adds instant impact to any look, while protecting you from harmful UV rays. Pair it with a bikini top and high-waisted shorts for a practical, comfortable, and appropriately chic look that’ll make you stand out in a sea of swimsuits.

To make a real splash, pair a one-piece with trousers that crop just at the ankle. This way, you can keep it breezy and lightweight if you opt for some white pants. Just don’t forget a structured beach bag, the unofficial token of a fashion-forward vacation.

The nighttime look can get quite complicated, but you’re on vacation— keep it simple with a silk dress. It’s the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated, and most importantly, it’s easy and barely takes up any luggage space. Dress it down with comfortable slides or if you’re going for a more fancy look, style it  with dainty jewellery and a pair of wrap-around sandals.

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