Join the fashion packers - expert advice on packing those summer essentials

We ask the experts about editing down our holiday wardrobe to just a few essentials

Constraints on baggage allowance have scuppered our chances of taking everything but the kitchen sink on holiday - just in case...

So what do we take away on our holidays in the sun?

Never fear, help is at hand from our local experts who know exactly how to deal with such problems.

At Andrea Claire in Cheadle Hulme, Andrea will even show customers how to pack a suitcase, so that they arrive at their destination with clothing in tip top condition.

Andrea 's top tip is pack clothes from the Joseph Ribkoff range.

'The entire range is completely crease free and you can take staple pieces, then add different tops, or dresses can be worn undone as a jacket and everything ties together. It really is incredibly versatile, plus it is washable.'

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Vicki Allen is another boutique where you can seek out uncrushable clothes that are perfect for holidays.

Vicki, owner of the Hale boutique advises keeping things simple.'We can't take everything now that airlines are so hot on luggage allowance,' she says.

'Take a capsule wardrobe of basics in navy or black and white and then add the new season's colours, as and when.

'A dress of any kind is essential but the maxi is the dress of the moment and it will continue to be a trend right through to next season.'

Marie Leese at Porr's Collection in Knutsford, recommends taking along a nice glamorous kaftan such as one from her own label that can be worn from beach to bar.

'It depends on where you're going but if it is really hot, pack a hat and a shawl or scarf too as some places you go, you need to cover shoulder up for cultural reasons and if you pop a scarf or pashmina in your bag then you're prepared.'

And don't forget the sunnies! Gary Lesser at Disbury and Alderley Eye Care explains that they are not only fashionable but essential too.

Ray-Bans, made in same factory as the more expensive Italian brand Persol are a great buy so too names like Tom Ford, Tag Heuer and Philipe Starck.

'What you should look for is UV protection and buy them at an optical specialist rather than a shop. They will be able to fit them properly so they are comfortable,' he advises.

'And don't forget the children. They'll stare all day at the sun and I believe this can lead to eye damage in later life. There are some great sunglasses out there for children and babies too.'

Contact numbers

Alderley Eye Care 01625 582030

Andrea Claire 0161 485 3331

Didsbury Eye Care 0161 445 7668

Porr's Collection 01565 650599

Vicki Allen 0161 941 1627

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