Festive fashion - avoid the Christmas cram and pack like a pro

Barbara Stack

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Barbara Stack

If you're on the road for Christmas, you will need to pack like a pro to make sure you have all your holiday essentials to maintain your glamourous standards but are not laden down like a Sherpa.

First things first, get a good bag. This stylish trolley case (€59, available at Shaws and Menarys) from Portland Luggage in rose gold will stand out for all the right reasons. And it’s more durable for public transport, too.

Pack like an editor. Start packing your case a week before you leave, adding holiday clothes and accessories in as you launder them. Always lay shoes in first, in pairs on the sides. Fill in any gaps with belts (rolled up), jewellery and lingerie, then lay clothes flat on top.

For tangle-free jewellery on the move, store your treasures in a daily pill dispenser for a cheap and easy alternative to a jewellery roll or pouch. This little beauty from Stonechat Jewellers will work for day or night looks.

Meet your ultimate packing list…

Take layers… and lots of them.

It may be freezing when you’re wandering around town but you’ll soon warm up when you are in a pub or restaurant in the evening. We suggest knitwear in neutral shades that can be worn with a variety of different outfits. Elaine Madigan is a great investment – her cashmere is handwoven in Ireland and is perfect for layering. Her red cashmere cape is soft and cosy and is the perfect Christmas colour.

Decide on your suitcase staples…

Stick to a colour palette of no more than three shades and you’ll find that all of your holiday wardrobe will work together. Pack in outfits, this way you won’t end up with one side of your case that doesn’t see the light of day. Lay everything out, even your accessories, and style up each outfit to come up with a mini capsule holiday wardrobe. If you can’t wear something with two different pieces, then don’t add it to your bag. Essentially, make everything work hard and do two jobs. An on-trend kimono is a great option and this one from iClothing.ie is perfect – it can be layered with a black polo or a t-shirt. The black polo will work with the cashmere cape, too.

What to swap out

Knits, though cosy, take up more space in your bag than other tops. Swap out three (or even four!) tops you normally would have packed for two sweaters or sweatshirts. Wear a bulkier sweater with jeans or leggings while travelling and have one or two lightweight cardigans or knits packed. Just make sure they are versatile like this three-piece fine knit from Golden Spiderweb (€69). It’s three layers in one knit so it’s warm and stylish. The aubergine shade will work with most colours also. This seasonal star top (€35), also from Golden Spiderweb, is neutral and cosy. Its longer length will also be forgiving of all the Christmas feasting.

Boot up

A pair of neutral boots will match virtually everything – wear them home for lighter packing and a flat style is great for post-Christmas walks. For comfort at home and a trendy look, opt for these burgundy beauties from iClothing.ie that will work with skirts as well as jeans (€34.95).

Stay tight

Tights can really switch up an outfit and make a day dress into an evening look. Fishnets are having a fashion moment and Andrea Bucci fishnets are €8 from Dunnes Stores nationwide. Super warm 150 denier tights from Marie Claire (€12) are light and easy to pack and yet are as warm as leggings.

Arm candy

Choose a bag that is large enough to be practical for travelling and also small enough that it will work for night time looks. This Gionni shoulder bag has two pockets to hold day time essentials and a stylish chain for evening glamour too.

Final tip

Lay out everything you think you need to take and then cut it by half.

Happy Christmas!