We live in a strange time, where staying in is the new going out, orange is the new black and we go on staycations instead of vacations. If you are not familiar with the term then, lucky you, the recession must have passed you by; a staycation is the new word for when you forgo the extravagant week abroad, opting instead to holiday in the UK and bring the adventure closer to home.

Initially borne out of necessity, many people have now realised the benefits and opportunities for holidaying in the UK and so continue to opt to staycation even as we start to claw our way out of the recession. However, the range of activities and the unpredictable British weather can make packing for your getaway even trickier than usual.  Here is Semple’s guide to your staycation wardrobe:

City break

Whether it’s just a mini break or a full week in one of the UK’s bustling cities, a city break is the perfect time to bring a bit of glamour to your holiday and road test all the latest trends. Whether you are a foodie or a culture vulture you will want to pack heels for nights out and cute, chunky flats for stomping round the streets during the day.  Make sure you take at least one show stopping dress with you and skinny jeans are a reliable favourite.citybreak

Reiss – Tillie, £195 /  River Island – Double Strap Sandals, £45 /  Shoe the Bear at Office, £90 / River Island – Matilda Skinny Jeans, £40

UK Hideaway

There is nothing like having a few days away from everything; a de-stressing spa weekend or a week hiding out in some of the UK’s beautiful countryside, this all about relaxation so leave the heels back at home. But packing for comfort doesn’t have to mean a holiday from style; the loungewear trend that is having a moment is perfect for a relaxing weekend in the country. Pick luxe joggers or mum jeans for the day and loose, silky fabrics for the evening.


New Look – Aztec Print Jogger, £17.99 / Topshop, Moto Mum Jeans –  £40

Action Pack Adventure

Whether you are trekking up the hills of Scotland or kayaking your way round the Lake District, if you like your holiday to involve some blood, sweat and tears then make sure you take full advantage of the sports luxe trend when you are pulling together your holiday wardrobe. Pack your favourite trainers and a practical rucksack and then just add your pick of the chic sportswear that is currently dominating the high street.


ASOS – Double Buckle Backpack, £28 / Schuh – New Balance 410 trainers, £55



Festival season is upon us and it seems that whatever your taste in music or lifestyle there is now a festival to suit you. Festival dressing is not for the shy and retiring so this is the perfect place to push the fashion boundaries and try something different. Boho always rears its head at festivals but this year it has a grungier edge, so ditch the floaty dresses and hunter wellies and layer up a kimono over a 90s slip with biker boots.fest

Topshop – Iris Longline Kimono, £38 / ASOS – Strappy Sundress, £25 / Forever 21 – Lace-up Buckle Combat Boots, £29.50

Wherever you choose to staycation this year, make sure you do it in style.

By Samantha Vandersteen

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