The Packing Post...


Mark Warner Lakitira Resort
Style Theory: Tomorrow we are off on holiday to the Mark Warner Lakitira Beach Resort in Kos. We are incredibly excited as we have never been on a Mark Warner holiday nor any sporty or resort holiday before (we always go to Javea in Spain, self catering, easy jet flight and an apartment) I was over the moon when Mark Warner asked me to be one of their ambassadors this year and visit one of their resorts with the family for a week.

So the big question, what to pack?!! we will be doing sporty stuff, but also having down time and going for dinner in the evening. Packing sends me into a spin so hopefully this blog post will help me as much as you!...

Lets start with my packing rules:

  • Stick to a colour theme, try to stick to three colours if possible, this year I am packing black, red and white (with a sneaky splash of pink in there!) Denim and khaki are a neutral in my eyes so do not count!
  • Pack in outfits, make sure you know everything you pack has something you can wear it with and you can mix and match a few tops with the same denim shorts etc.
  • Look at last years holidays photos, look at what you wore, pull out and wear your favourite things from last year again, look at the kind of outfits you wore (I live in denim shorts) the chances are you will want to wear the same or similar this year.
  • Pack at least 3 pieces of swimwear, I always like to include one black bikini/swimsuit for a 'safety day' when I am not feeling super vibrant!
  • Go light on shoes especially heels, as soon as you get in the heat heels lose their appeal and comfort is always a good option
  • If packing heels go for wedge espadrilles, they are easy to walk in over all terrain.
  • Pack one stand out dress that you feel super special in, wear with flat tan sandals even if it for a picnic on the beach
  • Remember beach towels
  • Lay out all your items in outfits, then decide what you will really wear.
  • I always do at least one cull taking out all the things I think I would like to wear but in reality will not.
  • Write a list, cross off as things are packed - basic but so useful

Here are some of things I will be packing...

T-shirts and vest tops...
Topshop £25
Hush £35
Maison Labiche - reduced to £49.50
And an extra special pretty top to wear in the evening with shorts...

Luxe Option....
Isabel Marant Etoile £255
This top looks amazing on but is super expensive (I bought it with saved up vouchers from my birthday and Christmas - a big treat but I think I will wear it so much for years - and the vouchers taken the edge off!)

Less option..
Zara £25.99
Lovely cotton top but much more reasonable, this is quite short so wear with high waisted denim shorts.

Denim Shorts..
I live in denim shorts in the these ones..
Asos £50
I always size up on shorts to make sure they are a fairly relaxed fit and not clingy.
Hush £45
Longer length shorts, great for going out in the evening with flat tan sandals - take your normal size in this style.

Or cut an old nice fitting pair of jeans to knee length to make them city short style and great for day to evening - I cut my old Levis 501s and they are super comfy and useful!

Boden £25

Boden £25
This bikini is genuinely fab on, I have it and was pleasantly surprised by the cut, it is so so flattering on, the colours are bright and vibrant against the it!
Boden £65
Boden cuts are good on swimsuits as well, worth trying, I love a black swimsuit for those days when you are feeling like you just want to blend in.

Beach Dresses..
Topshop £28
Perfect for throwing over your swimsuit and taking you from beach to bar...

Linen Shirt.. great to wear with denim shorts and tan sandals for  a trip to the market..
Marks and Spencer £27.50
This looks fab on, I sized down a size, the collar sits beautifully on my neck and it will look fab with shorts and supergas or sandals.

The Stand Out Dress..
Ganni £240
I know slightly over the top for a sporty beachy holiday but we are going to head into the town one evening so I will wear this with flat tan sandals..
Free People £88
I have bought this dress too, it is fab on although super low (I safety pin it up) but great with flat shoes..
Ghost @QVC £74
The ultimate slip dress, takes my back to my holidays in the 90s and without a doubt, Ghosts dresses are cut so amazingly well, they skim over lumps and bumps and hang beautifully. £78
Still my favourite sandals from last year, they are comfortable and I wear them for everything from the beach to going out in the evening..
QVC Slydes £22
These are frivolous but insanely comfortable and will look cool with my tees and shorts for mooching over to lunch!
Castaner at MyFashionTribu £100
I have been stalking these Castaner espadrilles for a while, they look amazing on, the platform gives me some much needed height and the two tone front means they go with everything but do not look too dressed up..

A quick round up of what I am packing, along with a fair amount of athleisure wear and a couple of extra beach dresses and of course some books in the hope I finally get to read them!. 

We are so so incredibly excited a huge thank you to Mark Warner for asking us to be ambassadors this year (can hardly believe it) I will be keeping my Instagram updated with outfits and activities. See you next week, thanks so much for reading Fran xx

*This blog post was written in collaboration with Mark Warner but all selections etc are my own. 


  1. Yes to a colour scheme (blue, red and pink) and yes to packing outfits! We don't tend to go on beach holidays so swimwear is superfluous!
    I do pack at least one tee/ top for each day, especially as I know I wont want to, or be able to wash while we're away. Sandals don't take up too much room, so I'll take at least two pairs - no heels is a no brainer (we're attending a wedding during this year's hols, so that rule will be broken), so sneakers and/ or summer brogues are the order of the day for me!

  2. Getting ready for the beachhhh...I love beach and nice packing list you have in there.

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