STYLE DNA

The 8-piece holiday wardrobe you need to embrace the tropical trend

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H&M

Got a last-minute holiday coming up? Panicking about your wardrobe? Fear not, we’ve got you covered…

We’re here to petition ditching the pre-holiday panic – what to pack, when to pack, what to buy, how not to miss your flight. 

When it comes to your holiday style, you only really need a few key capsule items in your wardrobe to be on trend.

Choosing a few clever items that can take you from day to night, beach to bar and museum to people-watching can save prime suitcase real estate for the really important things (like sunscreen and emergency biscuits, obviously).

Luckily, H&M has got you covered from top-to-toe. These are the eight tropically-inspired items you need to make the most of the summer sun…

The graphic tee

This cute cropped tee has got summer’s most delicious fruit emblazoned on it – what could be more tropical? 

It’ll keep you cool on even the stickiest of summer days, and looks great teamed with denim cutoffs or paired with a maxi skirt.

BUY NOW: Graphic tee, £8.99

The printed trousers

Chic tapered trews are perfect for slinking about the city, taking you from the cathedral, the galleries and gardens to the cafe for a well-earned glass of ice cold rosé. 

The fun print on these means that pairing with plain basic still equals an elevated outfit and will add a summer twist to any look.

BUY NOW: Ankle-length trousers, £19.99 

The cat-eye shades

ICYMI, these Hollywood-inspired cat-eye sunnies are the go-to frame this summer. 

Dark circles from staying out too late? The oversized shape will cover up a multitude of sins whilst ensuring you still look effortlessly cool. We’ll even give you a free pass to wear them indoors – they’re that good.

BUY NOW: Cat-eye sunglasses, £8.99 

The floral print dress

A breezy dress makes the perfect beach cover-up, but you’ll do well not to underestimate it.

Add a pair of wedges and you’re ready for dinner, add a pair of pristine white kicks and you’re all set for a lazy poolside lunch. 

Basically, this humble-looking dress is about to become the hardest-working item in your suitcase.

BUY NOW: Tie-sleeved dress, £17.99

The straw bag

You’re going to need a place to stash the essentials (trashy paperback, lip balm, handfuls of foreign cash, scribbled map to the hotel in case there’s no WiFi), and this woven straw number is it. 

Also totally fine to use back in Blighty to remind you of your trip, too.

BUY NOW: Straw handbag, £12.99

The sandals

Wandering about on holiday can take its toll – so it’s important you have a pair of slick shoes that stay comfortable all day. 

These metallic sandals will keep you comfy as you go exploring, help you stay laid back on the beach and look classy teamed with some red lippy and a nice dress for dinner. We are not worthy. 

BUY NOW: Mules, £17.99 

The Bardot top

This floaty, three-quarter sleeve top is perfect for wearing to dinner when the cooler winds of the evening set in – and the palm print adds a touch of trend (seriously, palms are everywhere from your pillows to your wardrobe). 

Pair it with pair of beachy shorts or faded jeans for perfect accompaniment to sea salt waves (hair, not ocean, but that works, too).

BUY NOW: Off-the-shoulder blouse, £17.99

The shorts

If you can’t wear short shorts on holiday, when can you? 

This crisp white pair will give you a nonchalant, relaxed vibe with their frayed hem, and when matched up with an equally white shirt, you’ll have some serious Cote d’Azur vibes going on. 

BUY NOW: White shorts, £17.99