I love holiday preparations. I'm especially fussy about packing the exact products I'll need for the number of days I'm away. If I get it right, I'm so annoyingly smug for the next few days, you'd think someone had just handed me a Nobel Prize. My bathroom cupboard is still rammed full of mini toiletries I've thieved from various luxury hotels over the years. I'll challenge anyone who says they have more tiny soaps than me. Deciding what to wear, the shopping and the packing is all a psychological process that I relish. It is the metaphorical foreplay of any stylish holiday climax. And when you read this I'll be less than 12 hours away from take-off. On busier days my languid curation of the holiday wardrobe has been more a quick collage of items. This strategy has not fared me well. I went to Paris fashion week with one patent knee-high boot but not the other (not a good look). I brought chargers but left cameras at home and packed four dresses for one wedding because I was so indecisive. So this time I thought I'd do it properly. A trip to Stockholm, one of the most stylish cities in Europe, would surely be motivation enough. A further detour sailing down to a coastal summer house, near the small town of Vastervik, calls for country casuals as well as urban chic. This city-sail-countryside break holds more challenges than I thought, especially with my obsession with packing light. So here are some tips, magnanimously donated, for a better, lighter, more stylish holiday wardrobe. Firstly, make sure you only bring clothes that you love. Always take a fashionable cardigan or black evening jacket for more formal venues or surprise events. One must is a striking yet chic dress that can be worn with flats during the day and dressed up for cocktails in the evening with a pair of Giuseppe Zanottis and some statement jewellery. You really don't want to be the T-shirt and flip-flop-wearing tourist who is turned away from the Peninsula bar now, do you? For the city, always take one good pair of heels in a bold block colour or metallic. Don't bring five pairs, you won't need them all - you are not Imelda Marcos and you don't have her social calendar. Please make sure a comfortable flat shoe of neutral colour is in the bag. If you are doing anything remotely physical, remember a good quality pair of sleek looking trainers, boating shoes or canvas lace-ups. Well-cut, slimline tunics are a great investment for day-to-day wear. I recently bought a suede silk navy version from Rue Madame that works wondrous combinations. A thin leather YSL belt is also perfect for giving your looser, beachy outfits a clinch at waist for shapelier evenings. For swimsuits, the reversible bikinis by La Perla or a hip, retro one-piece can make for great companions. And Marisa Zeman's new Nude is Rude store in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong is a great pit stop for casual basic resort wear. A loose and light silk-mix shirt with a wide collar and fitted shorts can take you from beach to city just as easily as your favourite summer dress. Since long hem lengths are still winning the style wars, bring a light, loose maxi dress. A simple, nautical blue-and-white striped cotton boat-neck shirt has been a winner on every trip. Too obvious? A bit of an anti-climax, you say? It has served me so well over the years it would be rude to deny the relationship. If it's good enough for Picasso, then it's good enough for me.