Following the popularity of the holiday swimwear post (and at the request of a dear friend of mine), I've decided that this week, I'll be writing about Summer Holiday Essentials, kicking off with fashion must-haves!
These 5 essentials will work regardless of whether you've opted for a city or beach break this summer.
1. The Maxi Dress
Without a doubt, a maxi dress is essential to a good holiday wardrobe - it can be thrown over a bikini following a hard day of sunbathing, or can be worn as a daytime outfit in itself with flat sandals... and simply swap your sandals for wedges and throw on a chic tailored blazer and statement jewellery for night-time glamour.
Whilst I love a statement printed maxi, it's best to opt for a block colour when it comes to your summer wardrobe, purely because it is much easier to create a couple of different holiday looks from a simple, plain dress like this River Island one (which I've got!).
2. The Oversized Sunglasses
Sunnies are the epitome of holiday chic - and in my opinion, the bigger, the better! I'm notoriously clumsy - many of my sunglasses have met a tragic, untimely end (sat on, left in a restaurant, dropped and broken... the list goes on) so I never felt I could justify buying an expensive pair.
ASOS have great copies of designer sunglasses (minus the ridiculous price tag), so there's no need to splurge, especially if you're as uncouth as me!
3. The Gladiator Sandals
I have serious issues with girls who pad around in flip flops everywhere... ladies, I beg you - don't do it! They do not count as everyday footwear: on the beach - yes, everywhere else - NO! Opt for a pair of comfy (and much more stylish) gladiator sandals in a simple style to go with every outfit:
Aren't these so much nicer than horrible grimey flip-flops?! They're not too fussy, and the embellished-detail means they can easily be taken from day to night.
4. The Sun HatIn previous posts, I've mentioned how important it is to stay safe in the sun with SPF. But a sun-hat is also essential to stay protected against harmful UV rays. If you plan to spend a lot of time on the beach, opt for a hat with a wide brim that also covers your ears (an area often overlooked when we're slapping on sun cream). Hats also protect your hair and scalp from sun-damage, so it's well worth buying one.
This hat comes in 3 different colours - I personally like the natural shade (shown in the above picture) most of the 3 as it's so versatile and you can tie a small matching scarf around the body of the hat to go with an outfit or bikini if you fancy!
I guarantee you will, at some point, sit on your hat and squash it- but not to worry, it can be saved! Give your hat a light mist with a bit of water, and reshape before leaving it out to dry in the sun... I would recommend wearing it on your head (or at least carrying it in your hand) at the airport though, as it is difficult to salvage a hat that has been brutally squashed in a rammed suitcase!
5. The Denim Cut-Offs
I know for a fact these are an essential - amidst last-minute panic, I forgot to pack mine when I went to Paris... and I missed them a LOT.
You can opt for a plain pair, but I say go for some with a little detailing - for a more edgey outfit, these studded beauties from Topshop are great:
Or, for a more girlie feel, I love these bleach wash crochet-detailed shorts (and I've had my eye on them for quite some time...):
Denim cut-offs are a no-brainer - throw them over a swimsuit on the beach, pair a with loose chiffon blouse and sandals for a bohemian look when you're out sight-seeing, or dress them up with heels and a sparkly top for evening.
I'll be doing a post on Summer Beauty Essentials next... so be sure to check back later this week!