Travel Wardrobe Essentials

I’ve been back from Italy over a week but have only just gotten around to writing this post.   There is something about travel that means I don’t want to jump into sorting my photos the moment I get back (as witnessed by December’s Cuba photo still sitting, neglected, on my hard drive).   I prefer living in the memories of the good times; of the dinners of Sardinian sausage mixed with gnocchi and the caverns explored, the nights spent watching the sunset with a Campari Spritz and many, many steps climbed to find a fort with a view across to Corsica.

If you haven’t gathered, my travels across Northern Sardinia were utterly delightful and I have a little YouTube video if you’d like to check it out!   I’ll also embed it at the end of this post.

I’ve spoken white extensively on my wardrobe for Italy, even going so far as creating a little Get Packing with Me! video (my very first).   But today, I thought you’d like to see my travel wardrobe in action.   I’m focusing on four items that have come away with my on pretty much every summer-weather holiday that I’ve had over the past 3 years; a jumpsuit, culottes, a denim jacket, and a swimsuit.

The Jumpsuit

Plus size summer travel wardrobe - FashionWorld Jumpsuit

This beautiful striped jumpsuit from FashionWorld is super lightweight and perfect for warm summer evenings.   The legs are split allowing for a breezy, air circulation to keep you cool when wandering from bar to bar.

I’m wearing a size 18 and it is, to be honest, a funny fit.   The hips and waist fit perfectly but the top is a little generous – even for my swimmer’s shoulders and h cup chest.  Until it comes to putting the jumpsuit when the lack of rear zip (it fastens at the waistband with a central zip and hook closures)  means that you need to wiggle the jumpsuit on over your shoulders.

Despite this, I love it.  The oversized top means the jumpsuit is a little more relaxed, the plunging neckline falling openly easily.   This means that quite a bit of cleavage is on show but, for me, it is not something that I worry to much about.  I simply avoid wearing a bra with too much push up.   In these photos, I favoured my Elomi Kiki.

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Wide-legged Culottes

Plus size summer travel wardrobe - culottes

Not only do they stop chub-rub, they also look great when on holiday.   Or at any time really.

Wide-legged, awkward-length culottes are my go-to through the summer.   They’re dressy enough to pass off as evening wear with a pair of heels and a fancy top but floaty enough for casual wear with a simple t’shirt or blouse.   Also, the wider the leg the more breeze they allow to circulate for keeping you cool.

The culottes I’m wearing in the video below are past season ASOS but there are so many similar styles out there that you really are spoilt for choice.   These are navy and so versatile but, if I were after a new pair, I’d definitely be looking for bolder colours and prints to just lift this look a little more!

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Summer Jacket

Plus size summer travel wardrobe - summer jacket

I am always cold.   I acclimatise super quick to warm temperatures and then feel any drop.  Even in tropical countries, I get chilled at night and need to reach for jacket to keep me nice and toasty when dining outside or wandering evening markets.

This little denim jacket was purchased from Simply Be last year and worn to death throughout the summer and again on holidays to warmer weather.   The denim is lightweight and the frayed edges gives it a really relaxed feel.  I love a jacket light enough to screw up and throw in my back pack (without creasing) whilst giving enough coverage to keep from any chill.  They also go great with dresses, jumpsuits and jeans alike.

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The Swimsuit

Plus size summer travel wardrobe - Wolf & Whistle Swimwear

Swimming is such a relaxation method for me.

I simply can’t go on holiday without a pool or beach being included so swimwear comes everywhere with me.   For Sardinia, I took this beautiful halter neck from Wolf and Whistle.   It is a simple back bodysuit with a high leg and plunge halter neck.  The black fabric is overplayed with a subtle gold mesh and the neckline adorned with a ruffle.     The Leah swimsuit does come up small though – the 18 only just fits and it is definitely designed for someone about 2ft shorter than I am.

Nevertheless, no holiday wardrobe is complete without some swimwear!


Oh, and don’t forget to watch my 3 minute travel clip:

C x











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  1. June 12, 2018 / 5:10 am

    Italy is one of my favourite countries. I like your outfits, they seem to really work with the Italian weather.


  2. June 12, 2018 / 8:54 am

    I love the outfit with the tied shirt, looks amazing! I’m so stealing that look!!

    Katie xoxo

  3. June 12, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I love wide legged pants and though I love jumpsuits as well when I am on vacation I avoid them like a plague. Love your essentials

  4. June 12, 2018 / 9:59 am

    I love that little white denim jacket. I got rid of so many things in our last move and I think my jacket was one of them! The jump suit and culottes are also really lovely! Now the weather is nicer I need to go out and invest in some summer pieces! 🙂 x

  5. June 12, 2018 / 11:11 am

    I’ve only just started to travel more and so this post is super helpful. Coulettes don’t suit me, however, and I need to buy myself a summer jacket. It’s not something I really ever thought about – I only have winter coats and a lightweight leather jacket which has seen better days! A playsuit or jumpsuit is also a necessity because it takes up minimal packing space but can make an outfit look really put together x

  6. hannah
    June 12, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    I always take a jacket with me as you never know when it might go a bit cold

  7. June 12, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    what a fab place for a trip. I love the culottes, have been looking for a stripy pair to wear with a denim jacket

  8. June 13, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Oh I love the playsuit and jacket. I just never quite got my head around the logistics of going to the loo in a playsuit last time they were in fashion, LOL!!

  9. June 14, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    I don’t have a light weight jacket and last summer I took a cardigan to Cyprus with me. You just gave me a lovely idea to get a light jacket this summer. Great outfit ideas!

  10. August 4, 2018 / 6:27 am

    I loved this post – you look amazing in all your outfits, though can definitely see that you’re way too tall for the swimsuit! (My problem is totally the opposite…not sure I’ve ever been too tall for anything.) Your photographs are fantastic and Sardinia is somewhere that I’ve been thinking about lately, so seeing your post has only made me start mentally planning a trip there a bit more.

  11. October 28, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    I really love your holiday pics! you have such nice holiday outfits that are actually something I could actually see myself wearing!