Like most of you, I’m thinking about summer foreign holidays vs staycations (in fact, recently that’s pretty much all I’ve been thinking about!). As a family, we usually go to Tuscany every summer, but as July and August draw closer, this is looking less likely to happen this year (although as I write this, things seem to be changing on an almost daily basis). So who knows? Obviously if you do decide to staycation in the UK, this could be pretty much anywhere (last August we went to the Scottish Highlands and had the most wonderful week’s holiday!), so our (and your) packing requirements could be quite varied (although to be honest, aren’t they always when we holiday in the UK, no mater where we go? You alway end up packing for every weather/eventuality). For this post I have partnered with Matalan to bring you Staycation edits for all the family. And let me tell you, they certainly had plenty of fab things to choose from (I’m already wearing a few of them!) in their Holiday Shop.
Age-wise (and style-wise actually), I have selected for my kids/family (I have eleven year old boy/girl twins – Marlow and Tabitha, and a very particular husband when it comes to his clothes), but you can also find great things for younger kids, babies (boy and girl) and teens too.
I’ve focused on the pieces that I would pack for a staycation – a bit of everything (from swimwear, to pretty dresses and jewellery) and lots of layers!! I don’t suddenly want to wear those two-in-one trousers that zip off at the knee to become shorts (frankly I’d rather die…), orthopaedic footwear, or even a tracksuit for long car journeys (sorry, I just can’t…). I want comfort and style; and just because I may not be holidaying in foreign climes does not mean I drop my standards completely. I just adjust them ever so slightly…
Stand-outs for me include these shorts (love the paperbag waist and the roomy fit), this blouse (I still live in my pretty blouses on holiday – they’re great for layering), which I’ve already been wearing – I love the smocking; these trousers (so comfy I kept them on to go to the cinema last night! I love the colour – great with all my staples – white, navy, khaki etc.) And as comfy as any pyjamas or trackies! This hoodie (love the towelling – will layer over pretty white blouses. Also, towelling is definitely having a bit of a ‘moment’ right now – I predict that we’ll be seeing a lot more of it). These and these sandals; and this is literally the perfect ‘chuck-everything-in-but-it-still-looks-great-bag’. Love it.
You can also get great luggage to put it all in. We love the hard cases (the kids have these in each colour) and they come in a selection of sizes, depending on the length of your holiday and the width of your car boot.
Happy holidays (wherever you end up going)!
pps: my kids were begging me to let them wear their pieces straight away (before I’d even had a chance to photograph them)! They loved them (Tabitha’s favourites: this and these; and Marlow loved this and these). Praise indeed (trust me, they are VERY picky)!
pppps: I can never resist a gold lurex stripe…
*This post is a paid partnership with Matalan. All words are my own, and all products are hand-picked by me.*