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Summer's hot buys: What clothes to pack for your hols

By Katie Wright

With the season of city escapes and mini beach breaks well and truly upon us, you'd be right to rejoice. But if your excitement at the thought of a long weekend somewhere sunny is tempered by the dread of trying to cram three days' and nights' worth of awesome outfits into a sub-10kg case, we don't blame you.

Adhering to the stingy cabin baggage size requirements needn't be a hassle, however. The key is to curate a core selection of "building block" pieces (plus jewellery) that you can alternate and restyle as you go.

Apart from the basics (underwear, toiletries and the like), there are some key essentials that you'll need for a stylish getaway, giving you enough leeway for unpredictable weather, a variety of dress codes and frequent changes of mood - and you'll still have room to bring a few souvenirs back.

A maxi dress is a must-have, doubling up as day and evening wear. Opt for bright colours and bold florals that you can enhance with jewellery and heels. Same goes for your mini dress - choose a loose strappy or shirt dress in a block colour that you can style up with accessories, or down with a beach bag and hat.

To keep cool while sightseeing in the heat, team a strappy vest with shorts or a statement skirt. Boho blouses are also big news at the moment but make sure it's a tie-front gypsy or peasant top, rather than a stuffy button-down. For a cool cover-up, wear your bulkiest jacket on the flight over, leaving room for a kimono or cropped blazer in your bag. An all-purpose scarf will also act as a vacation saviour, used as a sarong or a shawl.

Pack two pair of shoes, flats for the beach and wedges for evening and don't forget your bikini. Now you're ready to go.

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