What every Jewish woman should pack this summer

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What every Jewish woman should pack this summer

Brigit Grant is the Jewish News Supplements Editor

Going on hols will forever be a task for Jewish women. While our ancestors managed to vacate Egypt in seconds with the entire contents of their stone structures rolled in a rug for a 40 year staycation. Departing from Mill Hill, the Suburb, Chigwell et al requires many lists, hours of  origami-like precision folding between tissue paper and an extra 10 kilo bag for ten days in Marbella. Let’s just say Moses would not have waited.

In fairness to the fairer sex of the faith, packing was easier in biblical times. Weighty products for mosquito protection and beach wave hair had  not been invented and accessorising for day and night was only for women married to a 12 tribe member. I’m just kidding, but a reduced choice makes for a lighter load, which is why I’m suggesting theming your wardrobe for this summer’s hols.

I tried this long ago ahead of a short break in Cyprus, when I was determined to show the new man in my life that I was not one of those travellers who had to pay for excess weight. My decision to pack monochrome and only bring black and white clothes was a game-changer. Not only was my case light, but my Audrey Hepburn attire gave me an air of mystique. So what might you ask is the theme for this July/ August? It’s the summer block buster!


Dress like Barbie in Puerto Banus as modelled by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken.

With such inspiring dressing happening at multiplexes, there is only one look for Puerto Banus and that’s Barbie. Packing only pink solves all your problems as it is on trend and will blend with those burnt bits of skin.

Pink linen-rich utility jacket by TU £25; pink frill edge linen- rich shorts £16
Metallic heels by Zara £49.99




Pink Puff clutch £46 Oliver Bonas










Ariel is the definitive beach dresser and her style with scales is now available in more wearable ways…so sans tail, but still pushing                  The Little Mermaid look.

Green woven dress £165 Asos
Draped tie-dye knit top and midi skirt, both Zara £29.99


Handkerchief hems, sheer floaty tops that enable a swift costume shift from poolside to sundowner.

Semi sheer strappy top £35 Zara













And so to Fleabag…or Phoebe Waller-Bridge, as it is she who is dressed for rough and tumble as Indiana Jones’ god-daughter in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. A great combo of tied shirt, linen and sand tones, this is what you wear for sight-seeing or finding treasure. It could be worse. I could’ve gone for those another blockbuster and made dressing a Mission Impossible or worse still The Flash and send you out in a shiny red bodysuit.  Save that for next summer.


This is panama hat posing, knotted shirts and light denim. Ready for braving the heat, your Harrison (or maybe Hymie) will be impressed.

Linen shirt with bow, Zara £29
Baggy wide-leg mid-rise jeans, Zara £32.99
Studded wooden clogs, & Other Stories £85
Neutral trim Panama hat, Mint Velvet £45
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