When packing for a holiday, we all know how difficult it can be to avoid over-packing. Once you’re in the holiday spirit it’s all too easy to start throwing every piece of summer clothing you own into a suitcase, as well as those ‘just-in-case’ items you probably won’t even bother taking out again. To save yourself the stress and ensure you leave some luggage space for those all-important souvenirs, follow our helpful guide to summer holiday essentials. This year, stay stylish and travel light all at once!
The printed dress is a summer holiday staple, perfect for injecting some vibrancy into your vacation look. Choose a day-to-night option to get the most out of your dress, wearing it with sandals during the day and dressing it up with heels on an evening. We love this off the shoulder dress from RIXO London, crafted from 100% silk for a lightweight feel. Perfect for sunny destinations.
Block colour dress
A block colour dress is a versatile option that can be paired with an array of shoes and accessories, whether you’re looking to explore the city, take a stroll on the beach or enjoy a sit down meal on a sunny roof terrace. This one from Grizas is a lightweight linen option with a relaxed fit, ideal for any occasion.
When in doubt about how to style your outfit, add some colourful jewellery. A quirky necklace or pair of bright earrings add interest to your look without having to pile on layers of clothes, which is exactly what you need on your travels. This Zen necklace will look great with your block colour dress, while these vibrant Gas Bijoux earrings will add character to any vacation outfit.
Every suitcase needs a a few plain tees for versatile styling, whether you’ll be pairing them with loose trousers, denim shorts or midi skirts. This white t-shirt by Victoria Victoria Beckham is perfect, with a boxy fit, classic crew neck and the ideal mid length that allows for tucking in or wearing loose. The value of a perfectly fitting, premium quality t-shirt should never be underestimated.
A lightweight flowing midi skirt is essential to stay on-trend during your trip, pairing perfectly with sandals, trainers and heels for dressing up or down. This silk one from RIXO has side slits for a chic look and features a distinctive Cuba writing print, perfect for styling while abroad.
Packing multiple jackets won’t be necessary if you’re travelling to a typically hot country, but it’s always useful to have one for layering up on cooler evenings. Check the forecast in advance and pack accordingly – for some destinations you may find a thicker option such as a leather jacket to be your best bet, while others may require a waterproof option just in case. We love this embroidered cotton jacket from Star Mela for layering over trousers and a blouse, while this Tommy Hilfiger anorak is a super stylish option for protection against summer showers.
Invest in some super chic sandals to take you from the poolside to the city streets. As well as being a space-saving footwear option, you’ll be glad to have sandals with you to keep your feet cool during the day. These Ash metallic studded sandals are a gorgeous choice, featuring a cushioned leather footbed for maximum comfort.
Sandals are a suitcase essential, but a pair of trainers are the perfect option to wear to the airport. Taking your favourite sneakers on holiday means you’ll have a sturdier and more comfortable option for days when excursions or exploration is on the agenda. Plus, they go with everything, so you’ll never be at a loss when it comes to finishing off your outfit. Don’t opt for boring trainers – try this iridescent silver pair from the Candice Cooper collection.
Day to night bag
A shoulder bag is a necessity to keep your spending money, camera and other essentials safe while you explore, and will come in handy during the evening when you’re looking for an accessory to complete your look. Invest in a stylish leather option for a bag that does both, such as this Love Moschino envelope style shoulder bag. Wear it across your body for extra security and carry it with you throughout your entire trip, safe in the knowledge that your belongings are safe and your ensemble is on trend.
To save your designer leather from the sea and sand, a beach bag is the perfect carry-on. This Rebecca Minkoff straw tote is a fashion-forward option for days on the beach, with plenty of space to keep your swimwear, towels and other essentials.
Beach cover up
A kaftan is essential poolside and beach wear, perfect for throwing on over a bikini to stay protected against the sun and get a vibrant vacation look. Try this Camilla leopard print kaftan to showcase individual style while sipping on a cocktail and enjoying the sunshine.
For unpredictably chilly nights, a lightweight scarf will be your lifesaver. Barely taking up any space in your suitcase, this versatile accessory can be worn as a shawl, wrap or cardigan. We love this Ahujasons perfume print scarf for its unique design and pops of colour.
If there’s ever a time to wear fun sunglasses, it’s on holiday. Experiment with quirky shapes and lens colours for a stylish vacation look. Try The Last Lolita sunglasses from the Le Specs range to add a contemporary finishing touch to your ensemble.