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Summer Holiday Wardrobe Essentials Checklist
Need some wardrobe inspiration for your upcoming summer holiday? We know that holiday shopping can sometimes be so overwhelming it results in panic buying everything in sight; resulting in you spending hours re-packing to fit everything into your already overflowing suitcase whilst praying to the holiday gods that you are under the baggage allowance. Worry no more as we have done the hard work for you and created the ultimate checklist for all the must-have summer holiday wardrobe essentials to take the stress out of holiday shopping and ensure your summer wardrobe is looking seriously-stylish wherever you are headed. From stand-out swimwear to cute cover-ups, fresh t-shirts and cool sunglasses with styles from your favourite premium brands, we've got you covered this summer.
L-R: Lisa Marie Fernandez Jasmine Maillot Swimsuit. PilyQ Bandeau Printed Bikini. Lacoste Seersucker Striped Swim Shorts. Heidi Klein Sete Stripe Halter Bikini. Heidi Klein St Raphael Bikini. Hugo Boss Seabream Swim Shorts. Cool Change Skylar Tahiti Swimsuit. Sebago Stripe Swim Shorts. Boss Piranha Swim Shorts. Ted Baker Alll Distinguishing Rose Triangle Bikini.
Make a splash by the pool or by the beach on your holiday this summer with our stunning ranges of swimwear which feature dozens of eye-catching colours and dazzling prints, available from brands including Cool Change, Heidi Klein, Boss and Orlebar Brown. Whether you will be soaking up the sun by the pool or taking a more active approach with an array of fun water sports, there is an array of swimwear styles available so you can dive head first into holiday mode. If you need some extra help deciding which swimwear styles will suit your figure, you can also read our swimwear style guide for handy hints and tips.
The beauty of bikinis is their versatility, you can buy 2-3 bikinis for your holiday and a great tip is to mix & match the different styles to give you numerous fun combinations and also save on space in your suitcase. Our stand-out bikini favourites include the stunning Heidi Klein St Raphael Bikini, which has a unique textured finish and a cute centre bow detailing. The St Raphael bikini comes with removable straps and can be worn as a balcony or bandeau to suit your style, it also features under-wired moulded cups and side boning so you can feel secure, yet comfortable all day long. Another Heidi Klein favourite is the Sete Stripe Halter Bikini which is one of the brands' best selling designs - and it's not hard to see why! The Sete bikini has a nautical navy and white striped design, which is angled to be extra flattering to your figure and also features padded cups and thick halter tie straps for extra security - the bikini briefs also provide great coverage with a fold over waistband. One piece swimsuits have also made a fashionable comeback recently and are now available in various feminine, vintage and athletic styles. We love the Cool Change Skylar Tahiti Swimsuit, with its' glamorous plunge neckline and Aztec style stripe print, we think it's a sophisticated style that will make waves by the pool. The Lisa Marie Fernandez Jasmine Maillot Swimsuit takes inspiration from the recent sports luxe trends and incorporates scuba design features into a contemporary sports style swimsuit. The swimsuits' design is cut to mould to your figure and offers a shaping effect so you can feel confident by the pool or on the beach; we also love how the striking aqua colour is contrasted against a central black zip for an athletic finish. For the men, there are a number of eye-catching swim shorts available including the Boss Piranha Swim Shorts which have a vibrant tropical flower print and the style is available in three different colours to suit your tastes. For a more classic design, the Lacoste Seersucker Striped Swim Shorts have a traditional navy and white striped design and are finished with an embroidered Lacoste crocodile emblem.
L-R: Ted Baker Heebei Flip Flops. Juliet Dunn Silk Pocket Dress. Hunter Moustache Sliders. Heidi Klein Abaco Beach Batwing Dress. Gant V-Neck Jersey Seasonal T-Shirt. Cool Change Chloe Nalu Stripe Tunic. Vivienne Westwood Cullen Gladiator Sandal. Boss Beach Tank Top. Birkenstock Arizona Eva Sandals. Mara Hoffman Embellished Drape Dress. Boss Orange Rothon Toe Post Sandal.
To transition seamlessly from the pool side to the beach bar without having to head back to the hotel room, we also have a range of stylish cover-ups, beach dresses and kaftans that you can easily put on over your swimwear for when you want to head to the shops or grab something to eat. The Cool Change Chloe Nalu Stripe Tunic is crafted from a luxurious lightweight rayon fabric so the tunic can easily dry and also for a breathable fit that helps you keep your cool in the sun. We love the bohemian style striped print, long loose sleeves and the contrasting neon lime tassels for a contemporary finish. For a nautical styling, the Heidi Klein Abaco Beach Batwing Dress is perfect with its' contrasting white rope lace up detail; we love the batwing sleeves and elasticated waist for a flattering style that will help you to stay covered in the sun. The Juliet Dunn Silk Pocket Dress is a luxurious style made to be worn at the beach bars. Crafted from 100% silk and finished with intricate embroidery detailing, it's a gorgeous style that's made to stand out even more with its' vibrant magenta colouring.
No poolside or beach look is complete without some statement flip flops or sliders. Endlessly versatile and resilient against the water and sand, some easy-to-wear casual flip flops or sliders will complete your holiday wardrobe. A personal favourite of ours are the Ted Baker Heebei Flip Flops, which are made from a 'jelly' style material making them ideal to wear around the pool areas; we also love the finishing touch of the rose gold metallic bows with Ted Baker branding for an elegant, feminine style. This season is all about the sliders for a more trend-led holiday style, our favourites have to be the Hunter Moustache Sliders, which feature a calendered tread for excellent grip by the water and also have a distinctive moustache detailed strap for a fun point of difference. For this season, Birkenstock have recreated their signature designs as part of the waterproof Eva range, allowing you to wear by the beach or pool without the worry of ruining the shoes; we love the Birkenstock Arizona Eva Sandals which are currently available in two colours.
Mens' Holiday Wardrobe Essentials
L-R: Ted Baker Ronica Cotton Check Shorts. Lacoste Long Sleeved Linen Shirt. Lacoste Misano Trainers. Scotch & Soda Printed Twill Short. Ted Baker Shoaks Chino Shorts. Lacoste Twin Tip Rubber Croc Polo. Denham Sifter Short Sleeved Shirt. Sebago Spinnaker Boat Shoes. Ted Baker Daylite Geo Printed Shirt. Hudson O'Conner Calf Brogues. Sebago Outwashed Belt Shorts. Gant Floral T-Shirt.
Lightweight polos and short sleeved shirts will be essential for any jet-setting gentleman to keep cool but also stylish whilst away on holiday. A combination of 5-8 patterned t-shirts, smart short sleeved shirts and polo shirts will be enough to take you from day to night for the duration of your holiday, giving you enough to rotate and wash through as when is needed. To wear during the day whilst on excursions, we love the Gant Floral T-Shirt with its' very apt tropical floral and palm tree leaf print which is perfect for holidays, made from 100% cotton this t-shirt will help you to keep cool and comfortable during the hottest parts of the day. For the evening time, smarter apparel is needed and we think the Ted Baker Daylite Geo Printed Shirt will be ideal for those warm evenings sat outside due to its' cotton composition and short sleeve style, the all over print is also another fun feature that is ideal for a holiday wardrobe. For more casual evenings spent by the hotel bar, polo shirts such as the Lacoste Twin Tip Rubber Croc Polo with its' understated style and subtle details like the contrasting piping and Lacoste Crocodile emblem to the chest make it a suitable smart-casual look.
2-4 pairs of casual and smarter shorts should be enough to see you through your holiday and will give you multiple outfit combinations with your range of shirts. For during the day when not poolside, shorts such as the Sebago Outwashed Belt Shorts will be a practical and relaxed choice due to their cargo pocket design, meaning you have multiple pockets to store your possessions and valuables whilst away from the hotel. For the evenings, tailored shorts such as the Ted Baker Ronica Cotton Check Shorts will look perfect when paired with a short sleeved shirt and some smart boat shoes; we love the understated check pattern. For a more relaxed fit, the Ted Baker Shoaks Chino Shorts have a more classic cut and a choice of three all over block colours to suit your style.
To complement your holiday wardrobe, there are a number of smart and casual footwear styles to consider including nautical boat shoes, lightweight loafers casual trainers and sophisticated brogues, so you have something for every event and occasion on your holiday. Sebago are the go-to brand for authentic hand-crafted boat shoes of premium quality and practicality; styles such as the Sebago Spinnaker Boat Shoes have a hand-sewn moccasin construction crafted from a single piece of leather. The Spinnaker boat shoes are made to be worn by the sea and have a number of practical features such as non-corrosive brass eyelets and a slip resistant rubber sole - ideal if you are heading for the deck on your holiday. Suitable for the evenings, the Hudson O'Conner Calf Brogues are a sophisticated derby brogue crafted from a smooth leather upper with contrasting grain leather to the heel as a point of difference. With versatile styling and traditional brogue details, the O'Conner brogues will be perfect with some lightweight chinos and a short sleeve patterned shirt. Suitable for wearing whilst travelling to the airport and on excursions, some comfy trainers such as the Lacoste Misano Trainers are a great sporty summer style crafted from white leather that will look great paired with a casual polo shirt and some shorts.
Ladies' Holiday Wardrobe Essentials
L-R: Ted Baker Cynaria Printed Scallop Edge Cami Top. Samsoe & Samsoe Sanella Cardigan. Betty Barclay Metallic Long Knitted Tunic. Samsoe & Samsoe Emaj Top. Maison Scotch Eyelet Overlay Top. Ted Baker Cynaria Fuchsia Floral Print Scallop Trim Cami Top. Linda Farrow Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses. Penelope Chilvers Cresta Leather Sandals. 120% Lino Linen Trousers. Lily And Lionel Papillio Scarf. Castaner Rhonda Wedge Sandals. Castaner Blaudell Wedge Sandals. Cool Change Pamela Tala Maxi Dress.
Floaty tops and stylish cami vests are ideal additions to any woman's holiday wardrobe; go bold with a striking print or keep it simple with one of the colours of the season. A stand-out favourite for us is the Ted Baker Cynaria Printed Scallop Edge Cami Top, which is covered in a striking mirrored Tropical Toucan print - which is a signature print from the Ted Baker spring/summer collection. Finished with delicate scalloped edging and adjustable spaghetti straps, this elegant cami top is ideal to wear in the evenings paired with some simple trousers and strappy sandals; let the print take centre stage. Samsoe & Samsoe also have an array of gorgeous lightweight tops perfect for summer holidays, such as the Samsoe & Samsoe Emaj Top. This sheer floaty top has a flattering v-neckline and is beautifully decorated with an all-over print, it's the perfect top to dress up with some heels and statement jewellery to make a statement by the hotel bar. For more relaxed evenings, the Maison Scotch Eyelet Overlay Top has a unique two-layer design for an instant stylish summer look. Crafted from pure cotton, this short sleeved top will help you to keep cool on those warm evenings and looks perfect with some loose trousers and strappy sandals.
A holiday wardrobe wouldn't be complete without some essential strappy sandals and wedges for instant summer holiday glamour. Strappy sandals such as the Penelope Chilvers Cresta Leather Sandals have a stylish cross over design for effortless vacation chic. Due to their versatile and simplistic aesthetic (which is available in two different colours), these sandals can easily be taken from day to night, saving you vital space in your suitcase. Another summer staple are the classic wedges, like the Castaner Blaudell Wedge Sandals with an espadrille woven style wedge heel and cross over canvas straps, they are the perfect pairing with dresses, jeans and shorts so you can wear them again and again. Another favourite of ours from Castaner are the Rhonda Wedge Sandals, which have a similar espadrille style heel, but with a jute braid and rubber sole as well as a cute peep toe topped off with a bow, these are the epitome of laid back chic.
For travelling to the airport or for those cooler summer evenings on holiday, it makes sense to take some lightweight layers such as a cardigan or a silky scarf to take the chill away; they can also be easily stored away in your carry on bag for when you arrive at your sunnier destination! We love the Samsoe & Samsoe Sanella Cardigan with its' vibrant electric blue colouring, it is also crafted from a super fine merino wool giving it a luxuriously soft finish, it's perfect for throwing on after the sun goes down. For wearing at the airport and on the plane before you arrive on your holiday, we think the Betty Barclay Metallic Long Knitted Tunic will be perfect to keep comfy and cosy on those longer flights. It has a lightweight knit construction with a metallic finish and also has a split floaty underlayer so you will be arriving on holiday in style, just pair it with some lightweight denim jeans and sandals for the ultimate airport look. For cooler nights on holiday, a lightweight scarf such as the Lily And Lionel Papillio Scarf will compliment any outfit with its' neutral butterfly print and lightweight silk blend fabric, just drape around your neck for instant holiday glamour.