From peasant blouses to embroidered denim – revealing the investment pieces your holiday wardrobe needs
Fashion: Lucy Reber
Photography: Robert Harper
These lightweight loose trousers are the perfect plane piece. Bold graphic stripes give a nod to the current sporty mood and work for evening too, with a loose cami top and drop earrings.
Jumper, £330, Equipment (equipmentfr.com); trousers, £79.50, Boden (boden.co.uk); bag, £630, Jerome Dreyfuss (jerome-dreyfuss.com); passport cover, £45, Aspinal of London (aspinaloflondon.com); suitcase, £395, Reiss (reiss.com); sandals, £29.99, H&M (hm.com)
A cotton day dress is essential. Look to Spain for inspiration – bold reds and swishy skirts – wear as a beach cover up or sightseeing staple.
Dress, £315, Maje (uk.maje.com); bikini, £190 for set, Heidi Klein (heidiklein.com); bag, £35, Faith at Debenhams (debenhams.com); belt, £55, Karen Millen (karenmillen.com); sunglasses, £176, Tommy Hilfiger (tommy.com); sandals, £30, Next (next.co.uk)
We have Chloé to thank for the return of the embroidered blouse. This one works for daytime excursions and evening drinks.
Top, £49, Monsoon (monsoon.co.uk); bikini top, £42, Seafolly (selfridges.com); shorts, £25.99, Zara (zara.com); bag, £28, Weekend by John Lewis (johnlewis.com); right arm bracelets, £160 each, Thomas Sabo (thomassabo.com); left arm bangle, £112, Pamela Love (pamelalove.com); sandals, £565, Gianvito Rossi (gianvitorossi.com)
This cotton beach dress made of scarves is absolutely of the moment. Wear with crafty, traveller-inspired accessories to add texture to your look.
Dress, £275, Dodo Bar Or (matchesfashion.com); swimsuit (just seen), £30, Topshop (topshop.co.uk); bag, £29.99, Zara (zara.com); bracelet, £15, Accessorize (accessorize.com); sandals, £50, Clarks (clarks.co.uk)
Give lace a twist this season with slick shapes and pastel hues. Wear this skirt with metallic flats for drinks.
Top, £45, River Island (riverisland.co.uk); skirt, £45, Asos (asos.com); bracelets: silver, £590, 6229 (6229jewels.com); oxidised silver; £345, and black rhodium, £200, both Allison Bryan (allisonbryan.co.uk); sandals, £79, KG Kurt Geiger (kurtgeiger.com)
Embroidered denim, as seen at Alexander McQueen this season is a key trend for summer. It’s the perfect way to update your classic cut-offs.
Jacket, £390, Current/Elliott (currentelliott.com); T-shirt, £35, White Stuff (whitestuff.com); shorts, £34.95, Gap (gap.co.uk); bag, £19.99, New Look (newlook.co.uk); bracelets, from £156, Links of London (linksoflondon.com); sandals, £45, Aldo (aldoshoes.com)
Shirt dresses were spotted on pretty much every catwalk this season. Belt this maxi length version over a swimsuit or loose wide-leg trousers.
Dress, £165, Iris & Ink (theoutnet.com); swimsuit, £34.95, Gap (gap.co.uk); belt, £60, Reiss (reiss.com); bracelets, £63 each, Dana Levy (danalevy.co.uk); hat, £260, Yosuzi (yosuzi.com); sandals, £49.95, Moda In Pelle (modainpelle.com)
It wouldn’t be summer without a floral print. This jumpsuit is a contemporary choice for evening – wear it with a vibrant, just-visible bikini top for a bold twist.
Jumpsuit, £249, Sandro (uk.sandro-paris.com); bikini top, £170, Eres (boutique.eresparis.com); bracelet, £190, Chloé (chloe.com); gold bracelets, from £179, H Samuel (hsamuel.co.uk); clutch, £70, French Connection (frenchconnection.com); sandals, £60, Dune (dunelondon.com)
For swimwear it’s all about the one-piece; look out for interesting tie details and graphic prints, then wear as a top with a rolled down shirt dress for day tripping.
Dress, £95, Pepe Jeans (pepejeans.com); swimsuit, £186, Prism (shop.prismlondon.com); bangle, £8, River Island (riverisland.co.uk); sunglasses, £246, Ralph Lauren (sunglasshut.com); bag, £65, Faith at Debenhams (debenhams.com); sandals, £38, Office (office.co.uk)