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Your Summer Holiday Essentials

Check out our top picks for 2018…

Posted on July 4, 2018

1. The Classic Summer Dress


Whether it’s paired with statement jewellery and wedges for an evening look, or flip flops and your beach bag for a daytime look — everyone needs a summer dress in their suitcase. We love this button front bodycon from River Island.


(River Island, £28)

2. Cute Tops and Plain Tees


Cute tops, plain tees and an oversized shirt will make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions on holiday. Pair with shorts, skirts or jeans for an easy outfit that looks great. Check out New Look’s range, featuring this apricot and mint green smock top:


(New Look, £22)


3. The Kimono


Great as a beach cover up or as a light jacket for an evening look, a kimono can really come in handy on your holidays. How cute is this Black floral print kimono from Wallis at OUTFIT?


(Wallis at OUTFIT, £38)


4. The "goes with everything" Beach Bag


Whether you prefer a small beach bag that can double as an evening bag, or a large beach bag that could fit your kitchen sink, it will always come in handy for keeping your essentials in one place. We love this new Cactus Woven Tote from Matalan:


(Matalan, £16)


5. A Floppy Sun Hat


The cherry on top of a great outfit and the most stylish way to protect yourself in the sun, a sun hat is essential for your holiday wardrobe. Packing tip: turn upside down in your suitcase and pack around and inside it. This hat from Topshop at OUTFIT will tell everyone how you feel about being disturbed while chilling by the pool!


(Topshop at OUTFIT, £25)


6. Ruffle Shorts


There is nothing worse than wearing a pair of shorts that rub on your legs and constantly need readjusting, so make sure you grab yourself a pair that fit well and you feel fantastic in! Shorts can be dressed up or down to wear at any time — why not try this pretty-in-yellow pair from River Island?


(River Island, £28)


7. A Timeless Swimsuit


We’re absolutely loving the return of the one-piece swimsuit and cannot get enough of this statement cut-out version from Miss Selfridge at OUTFIT:


(Miss Selfridge at OUTFIT, £25)


8. Tropical Beach Towel


We adore this stack of towels from Homesense! Choose your perfect print for lounging by the pool or getting sandy at the beach!




9. 60's Inspired Sunglasses 


Sunglasses are perfect for summer barefaced days and we think that this 60’s inspired rose gold pair from Miss Selfridge at OUTFIT would be gorgeous paired with a sun kissed tan!


(Miss Selfridge at OUTFIT, £14)


10. Comfy Sandals


Whether you prefer sandals or flip-flops, comfortable shoes are an essential on holiday for when you’ve got sand between your toes. We love these espadrilles from New Look and the Havaiana flip-flops available at JD Sports. Packing tip: put rolled up pairs of socks inside shoes so they keep their shape.


(New Look Espadrilles, £17.99. Havaiana Flip Flops at JD Sports, £28)


11. Toiletries Made Simple...


Looking after your skin on holiday is your main priority and Boots has everything to suit your summer skincare needs. They have a number of holiday essential bundles for both sun-care and skincare, like this No7 Sun Essentials Collection:


(Boots, £40 – worth £89.50 when sold separately)


If you prefer to get your tan from a bottle rather than from sunbathing, Boots also have a brand new Isle of Paradise range of self-tanning products for a gradual but natural sun-kissed glow. Added bonus: cruelty-free and vegan!


(Boots, £18.95)


And when you are tired of all that shopping, why not pop into Greenwich Shopping Park’s Frankie and Benny’s or Starbucks for a refresher before you get packing?