I Work As A Fashion Stylist – This Is The Holiday Essential I Always Pack - The Gloss Magazine

I Work As A Fashion Stylist – This Is The Holiday Essential I Always Pack

What does a fashion stylist wear on holidays? These style insiders share the key piece they always pack in their suitcase – including the one item that flatters everyone …

Main image: Zara. 

The Drawstring Short

For fashion and celebrity stylist Corina Gaffey, who dresses the likes of Vogue Williams and singer Loah, holiday dressing is all about one piece: a pair of drawstring shorts. “They’re so easy to roll up in a suitcase,” Gaffey says. “Go for a pair that have a co-ordinating shirt for extra mileage. You can style them as a set or wear them as separates.” Gaffey’s favourite way to wear shorts is with a chic swimsuit underneath – opt for a square-neck swimsuit for an on-trend look. 


Linen drawstring shorts, €49; www.arket.com


Linen-blend Bermuda shorts with beaded drawstring, €25.95, at Zara


Oversized drawstring shorts, €49, at COS

The flounce maxi-dress

Editorial fashion stylist Sinéad Keenan rates an elevated maxi-dress as a stylish holiday piece that’s low on effort. “The right maxi-dress can move from beachwear to evening wear as either an elevated swimwear cover-up, or a gorgeous flowing gown worn with evening flats for those balmy nights,” Keenan says. “On my wish-list is a one hundred percent silk maxi-dress by Kalita (find them at Havana) in Tuscan orange, that’s part of the brand’s zero waste range,” Keenan says. On the more affordable side of things, H&M is a go-to for beach-perfect maxi-dresses in vibrant shades.

Seersucker maxi-dress, €89; www.arket.com

Relaxed maxi-dress, Sleeping With Jacques, €445, at Brown Thomas


Brigitte maxi-dress, €899.95; www.kalita.co

The Oversized Shirt


Fashion stylist and curator of online boutique StyledBy.ie Sarah Rickard leans towards a classic staple for holiday dressing: shirting. “For me, the must-have holiday piece for spring summer 2022 is the oversized shirt,” Rickard says, who believes the XL shape has mass appeal. “This is something everyone, no matter what shape or size, should have in their summer wardrobe. This wardrobe warrior can be worn on its own, belted, layered over a figure hugging dress, or paired with shorts and trousers.” Get Rickard’s green shirt here.


The Weekend poplin patchwork shirt, €111; www.withnothingunderneath.com


Striped organic cotton poplin shirt, Frame, €337.75; www.net-a-porter.com

Oversized linen shirt, €27.99, at H&M. 


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