Your Vintage Vacation Guide



Writing: Alison Ballard of
Photography: Lisa Simmons of
Hair & Make Up: Keeleigh Remnant of KJR Hairdressing
Models: Katie Chown, Hayley Lanyon and Faith Wren
Location: Hotel California Newquay –

Silly Old Sea Dog –
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Zoe Vine Ltd –
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As the holiday season approaches and we plan our beach getaways, there is always one question lingering on every shopping obsessed girl’s mind – how on earth am I going to fit all of my clothes into a 20kg suitcase?!

Even if you’re heading off on a UK adventure, there’s only so much you can fit in the boot of your car or struggle with on the train, so what vintage essentials should you be packing?

Dresses are the most staple piece for any vintage gal to pack. Light cotton dresses are great, as they can be worn as a day look for sightseeing or the beach, and also dressed up in the evening for a night out, dining and other activities. Worn in the day time with flip flops, wedges or pumps, cotton 1950s style dresses can easily be re-worn for an evening look, simply accessorising by adding a petticoat and pairing with heels.

Summer dresses are very wearable for a day or evening look as they’re made from light cotton, and can be paired easily with a light cardigan for evening wear. Taking staple colours of shoes such as black or white enables you to match them with various looks and saves on weight and space in your suitcase. Comfy shoes for holiday are always recommended, as in hot climates and on long haul flights feet can swell, so tight fitting shoes could well be a waste of valuable packing room! Colourful dresses are a must as you have endless options for matching these with cardigans and accessories. Cotton dresses are also easy to dry, so if you do find yourself needing to hand wash them, you can easily and quickly dry them on your balcony.

Swimwear is an essential packing item for any beach holiday. Full swimsuits are great for coverage and wearing to a waterpark where you wouldn’t want any disasters, so styles which have a supportive bust and straps would be ideal for water activities. A bikini with high waisted bottoms is ideal for sunbathing and getting a tan and it has more coverage for those that want it, but can also be rolled down for maximum tanning! Taking one bikini and one swimsuit is always a good idea, as you may want one for sunbathing and one for activities. A lot of the time on a beach holiday, you spend most of your time in your swimwear around the pool! It can often be a temptation to take lots of swimwear, but really two sets are all that is essential, as they can easily be hand washed.

Having a multifunctional wardrobe is key for taking minimal pieces with you. Pieces that are light are very wearable for a hot destination. Dresses with capped sleeves are also great as there is no need for a cardigan if the weather starts to get chilly or of you are off to enjoy a few too many cocktails. These dresses could also be re-worn for your day look.

All of the looks showcased here were shot at the fabulous Hotel California, a vintage inspired family run hotel in the heart of Newquay, Cornwall. The hotel boasts great views across Newquay beaches, sunbathing terraces, an indoor and outdoor pool with sauna, bowling alley, bar, restaurant and within walking distance to the town centre and world famous Fistral Beach. It was a great choice to try our capsule holiday vintage wardrobe out!

So, if you’re struggling to decide what clothing to take on your holiday, we think the essential for a week holiday include: 1 swimsuit, 1 bikini, 2 evening wear dresses, 5 cotton dresses which are suitable for day and evening wear, a white and a black bra, a white and a black pair of heels, flip flops, a pair of pumps, a white or light coloured petticoat (tip – you can purchase small vacuum packs from Poundland, which are great for transporting bulky petticoats in your suitcase). Oh, and don’t forget your pants!

All of the brands featured in this shoot can be seen at the Pin Up Pop Up Shop which is coming to London’s Truman Brewery this June, between 8th-11th June 2017. Find out more at


Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!