Alice shares her list of sunny-break staples worth the space in your case

Things have changed since a photographer snapped actress Joan Collins at the airport, trailed by an attendant pushing a cart piled high with designer suitcases. And by ‘things’, we mean luggage allowances. Luckily overpacking is passé – these days, it’s far easier and breezier to pack light.

Temperley’s spring-summer ’22 offering is full of pieces designed to wear and remix in different ways. This versatility means Alice’s designs are easy to justify packing into even the most restrained carry-on bag.

The first conundrum is what to wear for the journey. Lightweight, layerable separates are a good place to start. The Jerry denim jacket and jeans, made with sustainably sourced stretch-cotton denim, are comfortable enough to wear for long stretches in an aeroplane seat (and won’t keep you from the occasional sun salutation to get your blood flowing).

The safari-style jacket has ample pocket space for passports and silky eye masks. Later, it can moonlight as a cover-up for cooler evenings. When travelling from colder climes to somewhere hotter – almost always the case when leaving London or Somerset – travel in the jeans and change into the matching shorts when you touch down.

Here’s the rest of your ideal holiday packing list according to Alice…

Matching separates

See: Valerie Print Top and Skirt, Jerry Denim Jacket and Shorts

Co-ords are a clever use of space. A relaxed, summery peasant shirt and high-waisted skirt, like the Valerie Print story – decorated with ditsy embroidered motifs, deriving from vintage cross-stitch designs – can be worn together or paired with other pieces. We’re daydreaming of teaming the airy, tiered skirt with a bandeau bikini top for long seafood and vinho verde-fuelled lunches.

Long Sleeve Dress

See: Parish Sleeved Dress, Valerie Dress

A long-sleeve dress might not seem the most obvious choice for a hot-weather break, but you’ll be surprised how useful you’ll find it – especially if you’re on the paler side and temperatures at your destination are likely to exceed the mid-20s. A floaty design like the Parish Sleeved Dress is just the piece to pack if you anticipate nursing over-sunned shoulders.


See: Farrah Kimono

A lavish yet easy-to-wear kimono or robe can be donned as a poolside cover-up, an effortlessly elegant layer for cooler evenings and a wrap-style dress – belted and worn alone, or over shorts with strappy sandals. Just add statement earrings.

Day-To-Night Dress

See: Parish Off-Shoulder Dress, Ossie Off-Shoulder Dress

Statement-making dresses are a Temperley specialty, but sometimes they aren’t practical for holidays if you’re packing light. A statement dress might be too memorable, you may think – or challenging to fold without creasing or damaging delicate embroidery or embellishment. The solution is breezy day-to-night pieces, like our Parish Off-Shoulder Dress – to be styled with sandals and a straw hat to the beach, then amped up with chunky gold earrings and a red lip for a sunset dinner.

Beach Robe

See: Cateye Print Coat

Whether your sunny-day plans involve a chaise longue by the pool or a hammock on the beach, a throw-and-go cover-up is something you don’t want to be without. Our Cateye Print Coat is made in lightweight, naturally cool cotton that looks equally effortless over a bikini by day as over a minidress by night.

Silk Scarf

See: Clementina Kiss Me Scarf

A silk scarf will more than justify its tiny packing space – and that’s if you ever put it away. Keep it on hand for unexpectedly chilly air-conditioning en route and tie it over your hair to keep it protected from the sun once you arrive. For a jaunty flourish, wrap it around your neck and fasten with a simple knot.

Practical Bag

See: Lola Belt Bag

The satisfaction of a packing well cannot be overstated – and a belt bag is not only pleasing for keeping essentials on your person, but also avoids the chaos of an overpacked beach carryall.

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