You’ve booked, you’ve waited and now the time has finally come to pack for your week in the sun. Sun-kissed breaks on sandy isles call for serious consideration when it comes to deciding what to pack and whilst less is more that needn’t mean scrimping on style. Key pieces will bridge the gap between beach and bar, whilst skincare with substance will keep you glowing long after the sun sets.
We’ve taken the hard work out of packing for your getaway, leaving you to worry about nothing more than foreign exchange rates and how early is too early when it comes to ordering your first airport cocktail!
Embrace the Bikini and Stun in the Sun
Whether you’re going to be reclining beside a roof top pool in LA or sloping back in the sands of Sorrento, you’re going to need to bring some serious bikini game. Heidi Klein expertly combines simple styles alongside vibrant designs. A silhouette-slimming one piece will gift you years of wear in a style that will never date, but if you’re looking to show off that summer bod it’s got to be in a bikini.
Heidi Klein – bikini top £105, bottoms £95 – Harvey Nichols
The striped Ravello triangle bikini is just the right blend of nautical but nice, combining white and navy stripes with sexy hammered gold hardware. Stripes are the perfect curve enhancer, so whether you’re looking to give slender curves a boost or looking to embrace a sensual hourglass figure, this is one style that will see you through some seriously hot summers.
The Beach-to-Bar Saviour
Regardless of how fabulous your hand luggage may be, there is only so much a girl can fit in it. Pieces that will see you from beach to bar will give you some serious style miles, and by switching up your accessories you can transform from cool and casual to sexy senorita.
Alice & Olivia – Cut-Out Silk Blend Dress- £265 – Selfridges
This silk blend dress by Alice & OIivia has ‘wardrobe favourite’ written all over it. The delicious marina blue silk is sculpted into a simple, sophisticated tiered hem style, with a simple round neck front and surprise keyhole detailing at the back. Team the statement piece with flat tan sandals to see the sights during the day, before adding gold heels and accessories to see you through the sultry nights.
Sight-Seeing in Style
Exploring the art of Barcelona, wandering the souks of Morocco or shopping over the cobbled streets of New York’s Soho all require a go to outfit that is cool, comfortable and chic, all at the same time. Dungarees have had a boom in popularity in the past couple of seasons and their appeal shows no sign of waning any time soon. Current/Elliot has provided their own take on the trend with this distressed version, and though you may be dubious, we promise they will become your go to piece on your travels. The distressed detail, light wash denim and longer length keep the look modern, simply add a Breton striped top, a pair of espadrilles and some serious arm candy, and you’re all set to explore.
Current/Elliot – Distressed Denim Dungarees – £320 – Selfridges
Want another little tip? We already mentioned that dungarees are mind-blowingly comfortable, so why not wear yours to travel? Cool, on-trend and cosy on the plane? That’ll do for us!
The Shoes Have It
Valentino Rock Studs have been the go-to heel of choice for fashionistas everywhere, but while they may be the sexiest footwear to shop on the streets of Manchester, they aren’t what you need when you’re kicking back abroad. Thankfully Valentino have got us covered, introducing a flat sandal version of the iconic shoe. The Double-Stud Rockstud sandal incorporates the distinctive pyramid stud with a sleek thong front and double ankle strap design, all crafted in soft beige leather.
Valentino Double-Strap Rockstud – £525 – Selfridges
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the £525 Valentino stunners, Carvela offer big style at little prices and their Kit sandals are an exotic combination of python leather and sleek gold band detailing that will look incredible with a tan.
Carvela Kit Sandals – £65 – Kurt Geiger
Foreign Inspired Treasures
When you’re keeping one eye on your baggage allowance it’s important to pack things that can transform a look without upping the bulk of your bag. Jewellery takes up little room but adds a lot of impact, and the vibrant designs of Ashiana are screaming out to be worn on Ibizan shores.
Ashiana Jewellery – from £18.00 – Selfridges
Each piece is designed by Ashiana founder Anastasia Buisman, and the gold plated designs are finished with the bold summer tones of turquoise, coral and jade. Accessorize your Alice & Olivia dress with a clash of colour, or liven up a bohemian daytime look with stacks of woven bracelets and beaded bangles.
Aromatherapy Associates have turned their skincare expertise to summer with their Mattifying collection. Face masks, cleansing washes and softening serums play a starring role in the holiday saviour collection, alongside our personal favourite the Orange Flower Mattifying Moisturiser (£49.00 for 50ml).
A must have for the summer months, this nourishing moisturiser is enriched with everything you need to keep skin soft and conditioned but also has the added benefit of oat extract, balancing the skin and keeping your skin looking gorgeous, while everyone around you shines in the heat and humidity.
When skin is exposed it needs to look its best. Nourish Skincare recently launched in Debenhams stores nationwide and to celebrate they have launched the incredible Nourish Golden Glow Toning Body Shimmer (100ml, £25.00).
A spritz of this rejuvenating body shimmer leaves skin feeling toned and looking fabulous, imparting a sun-kissed glow that is complemented by the exotic scent of Frankincense, Myrrh and Neroli Oil. Highlight shoulders and décolleté to guarantee a glow long after the sun goes down on the island.
Breaks abroad aren’t always planned months in advance, and when you have less time to prepare than you might like it is often your hair that gets pushed to the back of the queue. A chic fedora will see you through summer excursions far and white, but when night falls and your locks are on show Colour Wow’s Root Cover Up might just be your saviour.
The innovative formula is waterproof (even in the chlorine filled pool) and will discreetly but expertly cover greys and dark regrowth until you get home. There are six shades (all £28.50) in the collection and we promise you’ll thank us when you can spend those precious last minutes before you go relaxing with a pedicure rather than rushing to the hairdressers.
When your skincare saviours work this hard it only seems fair to keep them in something a more special than your usual wash bag. Emblazoned with the feisty slogan ‘stuffed with things to make me look damn fabulous’, this cheeky Vanilla Fly canvas wash bag will raise a smile after even the longest of flights.
Vanilla Fly – Damn Fabulous Wash Bag – £34.95 – Selfridges