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This year's holiday essentials
Whether you’re a last-minute packer or needing a pre-holiday wardrobe refresh, these are our go-to staples for any summer holiday.
Published 06 January

When it comes to packing for your summer holiday there are a few essentials we all need in our suitcases – from the perfect multitasking dress to comfy sandals and the ultimate day bag, these items will serve you long after the holiday ends.

So, whether you’re a last-minute packer or needing a pre-holiday wardrobe refresh, these are our go-to staples for any summer holiday.

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Swimmers

Wherever you’re holidaying, your trip will likely see you spending a little time lounging by the beach, pool, or perhaps sneaking in an after-dinner soak in the spa. This season, we’re loving high-waisted, classic styles in muted block colours like sage and peach, and fun cut-out one pieces that have us reminiscing about holidays on the Amalfi Coast. We’re currently coveting the gorgeous two toned Cleonie set, which comes in so many colours we couldn’t possibly decide on just one!

The day-to-night dress

The thing we love most about holidays are the long, lazy days full of beach swims, and strolls ending in sunset cocktails. While we love the relaxed holiday vibes, finding a dress that can take you from a casual hotel breakfast to a swanky restaurant dinner can be tricky. We suggest opting for lightweight flowy fabrics like linen, which combine casual comfort with elegance taking you from day to play seamlessly. When it comes to our summer holiday, you’ll find us enjoying barefoot beach walks and cocktails in Sass & Bide’s aptly named, Good Cocktail Dress.

Sunglasses

Pay homage to all your favourite 70s and 90s stars with a pair of statement vacation-worthy sunglasses. This season’s eyewear is all about dramatic sunnies – cat eyes are out, while small angular frames and tinted lenses are in. We’re always a fan of big statement sunnies, so we’re embracing these Hollywood-worthy Cleo Country Road pair.

Laid back slacks or shorts

Tailored lightweight pants or shorts are a staple we won’t be getting bored of any time soon. While a classic pair of jeans is always a winner, hot summer destinations and days spent indulging in good food and cocktails may mean you’re wanting something a little less constricting. Paired with flats and a white tee for a day of exploring your new surroundings, or with a blazer and heels for dinner, these Forever New pants will remain a staple long after your holiday ends.

Slip skirt or sarong

Just like the day-to-night dress, a slip skirt or sarong will have you feeling effortlessly comfortable no matter where your day or night takes you.

When shopping for the right slip skirt, something mid-length and lightweight like linen or satin is just the right combination of casual and sophisticated.

Thrown over a pair of swimmers easily, the sarong was once an item reserved for holidays alone, now it’s found a place in our wardrobes for everyday wear. In our post-quarantine lives, the sarong has inspired many runway looks with sarong skirts popping up everywhere from Sunday brunch to the office. For us, it’s the island-inspired hues of Witchery’s Como Sarong that will be appearing on repeat!

Stylish and comfy flats

Holidays undoubtedly mean you’ll clock up those daily steps, so a comfy pair of shoes are a must – but comfortable doesn’t have to mean boring. A pair of stylish strappy sandals are the perfect complement to your versatile summer dress and will not only let your feet breathe on those long hot days but will also take you from the coast to cocktails seamlessly. A chunkier espadrille slide offers a little extra comfort on long walks and added height for the post-walk cocktail bar.

An oversized shirt

Paired with heels by night and worn over swimmers by day, an oversized shirt can be dressed up or down, and will match almost any bottom in your wardrobe. Or can be perfectly stylish worn on its own as a shirtdress. Trust us, you won’t regret making room in your bag for H&M’s versatile oversized cotton shirt, and in this green, it was made for holidaying.

The ultimate day bag

While we all love a cute clutch, when it comes to a holiday go-to – your best bet is finding the perfect day bag that’ll fit everything from swimmers and a book, to your jacket and water bottle. When shopping for the perfect day bag, don’t underestimate the importance of a comfortable strap!

Straw hat

Glamourous, laid back and sun safe – a hat is a must on any vacation, and straw is our go-to this season. From fedoras and panamas to the classic boat hat, whatever your style and wherever your destination, the classic straw hat never goes out of style and you can rest easy knowing you’ll be sure to wear it even after you’re holiday ends.