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How to pack for a destination wedding

My vacation checklist is generally sparse and casual, with mostly practical essentials like bikinis, sunscreen, shorts, sunglasses, and flat sandals that can go from the beach to an evening aperitif. . This summer, however, I’m heading to Tel Aviv for a wedding that requires a bit more preparation and sartorial consideration. Choose a lightweight, sweat-wicking dress, SPF-infused makeup, and tried-and-true dance shoes.

The coastal city of Caesarea Maritima in Israel © Getty Images


Dress Aje Vanades

Aje Vanades dress, €296

Aje Vanades dress, €296

Although colorful bohemian prints and flowing chiffon dresses are the obvious choice for a seaside wedding, I’m tempted to buck the trend and opt for a black breathable linen midi dress like this one from Australian brand Aje. Its voluminous puff sleeves add a note of drama and romance while the flashing cutouts at the midriff feel beach-appropriate — and I can dress it up with some gold hoop earrings. Aje Vanades dress, €296, ajeworld.com


Castañer Carina espadrilles

Castañer Carina Canvas Wedge Espadrilles 60, £85

Castañer Carina Canvas Wedge Espadrilles 60, £85

For summer shoes that go with everything and can easily be dressed up or down, I love Castañer’s classic Carina espadrilles. Originally commissioned by Yves Saint Laurent for a runway show in the late 1960s, the brand has been creating the design ever since and its comfortable elastic sole and jute wedge heel make it an excellent wedding guest shoe that won’t be out of place. won’t sink the sand or roll me back with blisters on my feet. Castañer Carina 60 canvas wedge espadrilles, £85, net-a-porter.com


Steam lint brush

Steam lint brush, £14
Steam lint brush, £14

The last thing I want right now is for my carefully considered outfit to be marred by fabric lint and fuzz that I’m going to have to rip out all evening, so having a lint roller is a must. This reusable brush from Steamery is a great, long-lasting alternative to tape rolls and comes in a chic, lightweight case that won’t weigh down my suitcase. Steam lint brush, £14, steamery.co.uk


Avène thermal spring water spray

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, 50ml, £4.80

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, 50ml, £4.80

This anti-irritant thermal face mist from cult French drugstore brand Avène is one of the best weapons in my arsenal of travel essentials. It does it all, from soothing sunburn and mosquito bites to providing a burst of hydration in sweltering heat. The TSA-approved 50ml size can also be thrown in your carry-on and sprayed on long flights for a quick refresher. Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, 50ml, £4.80, boots.com


Linen shirt With Nothing Underneath

WNU The Boyfriend Linen Shirt, £100

WNU The Boyfriend Linen Shirt, £100

I love an oversized white button down shirt that can be thrown over a bikini and this linen version from the London label ticks all the boxes. Airy and effortless, it will help me achieve the carefree cool of models dressed in shirts of Peter Lindbergh’s iconic 1988 image. WNU The Boyfriend linen shirt, £100, withnothingunderneath.com


Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Balm

Honey & Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balm, £19.50

Honey & Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balm, £19.50

Lounging on the beach all day often leaves my lips dry and chapped, so a moisturizing lip balm is a must. This tinted lip treatment from Fresh is superlative because it’s silky smooth and conditioning with its infusion of oils and vitamins C and E, and leaves a light shine without feeling sticky. I love the warm, nude and honey shade, but it comes in a range of other tasty colors like coral and tulip. Honey & Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balm, £19.50, fresh.com


Cossie + Co swimsuit

Cossie + Co Gemma bikini top, £70, and Elle bikini bottom, £70

Cossie + Co Gemma bikini top, £70, and Elle bikini bottom, £70

As much as I wish I could pull off the glamorous cut-out swimsuits currently in vogue, I know I’d inevitably end up with an awkward cobweb of tan lines, which is why I’m going for a simple, sporty bikini. like this scoop-neck style from Cossie + Co. Made from a honeycomb-lined stretch fabric that provides support without any uncomfortable underwire, it’s flattering, practical, and won’t slip the minute I dive into it. the sea. Cossie + Co Gemma Bikini Top, £70, cossieandco.comand Elle bikini bottoms, £70, cossieandco.com