It's a novelty that shows no sign of wearing off any time soon – the return of the holiday. But if those apocalyptic baggage scenes at Heathrow have you swerving the checked luggage in favour of a carry-on, then you might be faced with a different issue altogether: what to take with you. Here we unpack (sorry) the ways to make the most out of your baggage allowance and still serve stylish – rented – looks.
1. A Do-It-All Dress
A slip dress is pretty much the most useful thing you can pack when it comes to a city break: it takes up virtually no room, feels breezy in the beating heat, and looks equally as great while sight-seeing, sipping Margaritas and thrown over a bikini. Versatile, light, chic: check.
Style note: If you're not someone who typically gravitates toward slip dresses, then same. However this Mother Of All neon one is stretch silk meaning it's super comfortable and flattering.
2. A Linen Dress
If you're playing tourist in the hottest of climes (me, above, Seville), it's imperative to employ a travelling wardrobe of cool and practical pieces. Enter: Sleeper. No summer is complete without the Atlanta dress – which is favoured by editors and Instagrammers alike. Ultra-comfortable to wear, effortlessly chic and extremely lightweight they're a must-rent. Plus, we've got them in sizes XS-XL and in 23 variations of colour, print and fabric. Lucky you.
3. A Co-Ord (or two)
If you're more partial to separates, throwing a co-ord in the mix can be a great way to include a statement look while also creating an away-from-home capsule wardrobe. I found this & Other Stories one great for layering over a bikini en route to the rooftop pool and for lunchtime tapas.
4. An Evening Look
If you're anything like me (or that TikTok sound trend), there's always one outfit you're especially excited to wear when heading on holiday – and this Réalisation Par x Claudia Schiffer dress was mine. It might be accidentally typical for the region of Spain that brought Flamenco to the rest of the world, but it's perfect with a tan, matching clutch and gold accessories – plus, it's barely-there fabric means it weighs next to nothing.
5. An Evening Look Pt. 2
Any long weekend needs at least two evening looks, and this Rat & Boa maxi dress was my second. The slit provides welcome respite from the heat while the sweetheart neckline and exaggerated sleeves are super flattering – again, it's a major win for hand luggage.