According to a survey by Debenhams, women only wear a third of the clothes they take on holiday and on average take 150 items and wear around 50 during a fortnight break.
I know I only went for 12 nights but I packed 20 items (not including travel outfit) and wore 20 items after making a last minute swap of a swimsuit for my daughter's Top Shop dress.
I also bought a blue top in Zara.
Even if you included underwear which I washed daily it would still come in at under 25 items.
I wore the same sandals every evening and each dress twice.
During the day I wore a bikini and sarong or cover-up and the same Birenstocks sandals.
Another dress that doubled as an evening dress and cover-up.
So good I wore this dress twice.
The denim skirt got three wears - with the pink top.
With the too tight top I had to tuck into my bra.
With the blue vest I bought at Zara.
The black dress I swapped for my red swimsuit.
Joe Brown white dress, worn twice amazingly - although I did spill red wine on it the second time.
The skirt I wore to travel to the airport was worn with the orange vest during the holiday and as a return home outfit too.
For more information on my holiday capsule see here (although I did swap a swimsuit for a dress).
My holiday capsule formula:
2 cover-up dresses that can be worn on the beach or for sightseeing
4 swimsuits (bikinis and/or tankinis) that can be mixed and matched
Flat Birkenstocks for day
Flat dressy sandals for evening or day out
1 multi-way bra
3 pants (make sure you can wash and dry undies daily)
Total items: 23
All of my items were packed in a carry-on suitcase although I did squeeze my toiletries into my husband's case!