If you’re dreaming of a carefree summer, invest in a capsule holiday wardrobe ASAP. You'll soon be telling hold luggage to sashay away, opting for a and no bag drop queue at check in. Whether you plan on or pounding a ’s pavements, you can keep things simple with some hard-working, multitasking essentials (we’ve narrowed it down to ten). And when that voice in your head kicks in, telling you one more pair of shoes couldn’t possibly hurt, resist. Because no one wants to be the person sweating at security, struggling to zip up their suitcase...
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Mango seashell net bag – £49.99
Mango is ticking two trend boxes in one with this cowrie shell macramé shopper. More versatile than structured , woven styles can stretch to extra capacity (in goes the beach towel, all your books and the bathroom sink) and fold down to nothing – perfect for stuffing into your hold luggage on the flight over.
Topshop Fliss wrap sandals – £39
If you’re limiting yourself to one pair of on holiday, choose wisely. Topshop’s sandals are set on a platform sole with a slight wedge, so they’ll add height while still feeling comfortable enough to walk in. The barely-there straps are bang on trend for SS19 and look delicate enough to pair with evening , too.
Loewe + Paula's Ibiza cotton towel – £250
At first glance this Loewe number might seem like a luxury, but we promise it will be your best friend on beach holidays. The waffled cotton fabric means that it’s technically a towel but, thanks to the boho-luxe fringing and logo trim, it’s a multitasker. When you’re heading from the beach to lunch, sling it around your shoulders like a shawl or wrap it around your waist to create a handkerchief hem sarong skirt.
Talia Collins The Asymmetrical swimsuit – £160
It might be tempting to have many a bikini on rotation, but when you’re stretched for suitcase space, an easy one-piece is the way to go. This sustainable swimsuit from French brand ( loves it) is made from recycled fishing nets and cut in a cool one-shoulder shape. Let it double-up as a top in the evenings: black will go with everything from khaki trousers to .
Les Rêveries Broderie Anglaise dress – £425
A white midi dress in lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen is a holiday must have. This Broderie Anglaise number by new-brand-on-the-block is breezy enough to wear during the day but will look instantly elevated when styled with gold jewellery and a slick of lippy.
Alighieri gold-plated pearl earrings – £240
Talking of jewellery – if you only bring one thing, make it a pair of statement earrings. Insta brand of the moment bases its designs on 13th century poetry and Italian heirlooms. When you’re making a quick change for dinner post-swim, tie wet hair back into a low bun to draw attention to the iridescent pearls on this pair.
Marks & Spencer linen-blend trousers – £35
No matter how hot the destination, lightweight linen trousers will serve you in so many ways: during tedious airport waits, visits to cultural landmarks or when you need refuge from mosquitos. Practical but pretty, Marks & Spencer’s khaki pair is detailed with on-trend side adjusters and has a breathable loose fit.
Deveaux jersey tank top – £185
This summer the fashion pack is ditching delicate camisoles for something a little more noughties: the tank top. brought this sporty piece back on the and we’ve been obsessed ever since. Team it with utility trousers during the day or let it add a nonchalant edge to evening skirts.
ASOS DESIGN cotton bucket hat – £8
This year, the headwear of choice for cool girls everywhere is a . Good news if you’re limited to hold luggage, as a classic straw style usually ends up shapeless once it’s been squashed into the depths of your suitcase. Prada kicked off the trend with technical nylon styles but look to the high street for breathable cotton versions that will work for the beach.
Arket denim shorts – £35
Denim shorts are a reliable summer staple but washed blue styles don’t often translate well in the evening. Invest instead in a black pair to wear with tonal bodysuits and after dark, and you’ll have a capsule wardrobe nailed. Arket’s have a flattering A-line cut that will make your legs look slimmer.