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    Printed cotton dresses

    It only made sense that I do this holiday shop edit once I’d well and truly scoured the shops and the internet for some good old holiday fashion and had a good hard think about my own holiday wardrobe. I always try not to deviate too far from my day to day style when I go on holiday, however this isn’t so easy to achieve when you’re travelling to climates of thirty degrees plus and will be spending most of your time poolside, on the beach or on a boat. Sadly that isn’t my daily life and so such trips involve either getting really creative with the pieces I am likely to wear in the UK or investing in a few more holiday specific pieces.

    So this edit will include some holiday style and packing advice, holiday fashion essentials and of course will show you whats in the shops now!

    Printed cotton dresses in Italy

    The Absolute Essentials

    There are some things that you simply can’t travel to a warm beach destination without and it’s very likely that these are the items that you won’t need to purchase brand new because you are very likely to have them in your wardrobe from your last holiday. A kaftan, swimwear, sunglasses, a beach dress, flip flops or sliders, a beach bag, a straw hat, a pair of cut-off denim, a pair of smarter shorts and some sunglasses. I would argue that if you dig deep in your wardrobe you’ll find most of these lurking around at home and in fact, I’m going to be rooting through my suitcases and holiday draws to dig out swimming costumes, kaftans and beach wear. Other pieces you may or may not have, but that I would argue are summer essentials, be it on holiday or not, is a pair of wedges, Castaner espadrilles are usually my choice, some good reliable gold jewellery, some breathable linen mix tops in neutral colours, an oversized linen shirt and a cross the body bag – because being hands free in the sun just adds to the easy breezy summer vibes.

    Holiday Essentials

    Zebra print wide leg trousers
    Paisley Tunic
    Neon tiered maxi
    White Tunic Dress
    Black raffia belt
    Linen Beach Shirt
    Black belted costume
    Printed tie maxi dress
    Castañer Castaner - Nerea 120 Canvas Wedge Espadrilles - Black
    Leather sandals
    Tiered beach tunic
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Pure Cotton Shirt Beach Dress
    H&M Pompom-trimmed kaftan
    Cotton beach dress
    Ancient Greek Sandals - Yianna Braided Leather Slingback Sandals - Black
    Ellen & James ziggy handmade woven straw basket bag
    Big Strawy Basket Bag
    Soraya Hennessy The Camila Basket Handbag
    Womens Jigsaw Nell Mini Jute Grab Bag - Natural
    Loewe Paula's Ibiza leather-trimmed woven raffia tote
    Topshop Womens Mini Floral Print Jumpsuit - Multi
    Paper bag shorts
    Lyocell paper bag shorts
    H&M High-waisted denim shorts
    H&M Jumpsuit with a tie belt
    Jumpsuit with smocking
    Dorothy Perkins Womens Red Paisley Print Palazzo Trousers, Red
    Warehouse Raffia Wedge
    Warehouse Raffia Wedge
    Jute Wedge Heel Sandals
    Valentino - Torchon Rockstud Leather Wedge Sandals - Womens - Black
    Jimmy Choo - Allis 95 Leather-trimmed Rope Wedge Sandals - Beige
    Castañer Castaner - Carina 80 Canvas & Jute Espadrille Wedges - Womens - Black
    Valentino Garavani - Torchon Rockstud Leather Wedge Sandals - Womens - Nude
    Jimmy Choo Metallic Snake-effect Leather Wedge Sandals
    Tie-front jumpsuit
    Dorothy Perkins Womens **Navy Blue Scarf Print Palazzo Trousers, Blue
    Oliver Bonas Woven Sparkle Straw Visor
    Brixton Pecos Patterned Straw Hat
    H&M Straw hat with a pompom
    Ray Ban Ray-Ban - The Wayfarer Ii Round-frame Acetate Sunglasses - Black
    Eugenia Kim - Ricky Grosgrain-trimmed Woven Faux Raffia Visor - Beige
    Grosgrain-trimmed raffia hat
    Rag & Bone rag & bone - Leather-trimmed Paper And Pvc Visor - Ivory
    Rag & Bone rag & bone - Leather-trimmed Paper And Pvc Visor - Beige
    TOM FORD - Kelly Round-frame Acetate Sunglasses - Black
    Topshop Womens Flora Leather Snake Anklet Sandals - Multi
    Topshop Womens Flora Black Anklet Sandals - Black
    ATP Atelier - Candela Leather Sandals - Black
    Chimi Wayfarer Sunglasses
    Carrera Carerra Tortoiseshell Aviator Sunglasses
    & Other Stories cat eye sunglasses in grey tortoise
    Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear leopard print cat eye sunglasses
    Paper bag shorts
    Linen vest top
    TORY BURCH Kaftan
    ASOS DESIGN straw visor
    Asos Design ASOS DESIGN natural straw flat boater
    ASOS DESIGN natural straw easy boater with size adjuster
    Pia Rossini mandalay maxi tassle beach dress
    Pia Rossini printed beach cover up dress
    South Beach Crochet Beach Kaftan With Poms
    & Other Stories embroidered v-neck cotton kaftan with yellow details
    H&M Lace kaftan
    Cult Gaia Mini Bamboo Ark Bag
    Jigsaw Ana Embroidery Kaftan Dress
    Kori Embroidered Bell Sleeve Tassel Belt Dress
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Pure Linen Square Neck Camisole Top
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Pure Cotton Textured Camisole Top
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Pure Linen Camisole Top
    AutographMarks and Spencer Pure Linen Camisole Top
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Trim Visor Hat
    Lace Insert Beach Kaftan
    Rosie For AutographMarks and Spencer Pure Modal Floral Print Beach Playsuit
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Secret Slimming Non-Wired Plunge Swimsuit
    Rosie For AutographMarks and Spencer Floral Print Plunge Swing Beach Dress
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Pure Cotton Long Sleeve Kaftan
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Woven Beach Dress
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Pure Cotton Striped Slip Midi Dress
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Floral Print Shirred Slip Beach Dress
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Pure Cotton Gingham Slip Maxi Dress
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Geometric Print Slip Midi Dress
    M&S CollectionMarks and Spencer Floral Print Slip Midi Dress
    Holiday summer style

    The Holiday Wardrobe Refresh

    There’s something about a holiday that makes us want to shop! So many of my holidays I have travelled with a suitcase full of clothes with tags on – I honestly don’t know what the psychology is behind holidays and newness, but the desire to shop is just stronger than normal. However, now we are becoming far more educated on sustainability and with the bank balance being a very real factor to consider, there are only really and truly a few elements of my holiday wardrobe that make me feel that little bit better when refreshed! I also like to make sure these items are completely wearable in the UK too.

    How I Refresh my Holiday Wardrobe

    I often go for a few new dresses. I will probably look for floral or summer print dresses to be worn should I be heading out during the day and for evening dresses, I usually go for black but am also more experimental with colours and prints while on holiday. I always like to get myself some new jewellery, a statement piece more often than not, that I can use to add that extra something special to almost any outfit. A pair of wide leg trousers is a must – for comfort, versatility and all that drama; the bolder and or the more voluminous the better. And I often find myself refreshing my camisole collection – because . I keep my tops in summer really simple. They just need to keep me cool, be interchangeable with all my bottoms I pack and always in a single colour. I pack lots and lots of white tops, often from Topshop and H&M, just because they always come in handy and look nice and fresh. I never bought my self a pair of sandals last year because I am still very much in love with my black gladiator sandals, however I did update my summer sandals with two pairs of white leather sandals, one heeled and one a flat pair of sliders.

    Holiday Refresh

    Square Toe Leather Strappy Heeled Sandals
    Sicily Bag - Fiore Blu Embellished Woven Straw Tote - Blue
    Sicily Bag - Gigi Embellished Woven Straw Tote - Yellow
    H&M Kaftan with buttons
    Asos Design ASOS DESIGN headband in pastel green jewel and pearl design
    Fendi - Printed Silk Headband - Brown
    Topshop Womens Yellow Broderie Mini Dress - Yellow
    Red (V) Leather and Suede Platform Sandals
    Dolce & Gabbana Leather Sicily Bag
    Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Medium Bag In Crochet Rafia
    Meli Melo Santina Mini | Bucket Bag | Black Woven
    Floral Sleeveless Dress
    Spot Bardot Dress
    Patterned jumpsuit
    ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Jive flatform espadrilles
    Short embroidered jumpsuit
    V By Very V by Very Bardot Button Through Linen Dress - Printed
    Asos Design ASOS DESIGN puff sleeve midaxi dress in broderie lace
    shell print dress Monsoon

    The Trends that Work for Holidays

    So, these aren’t essentials in the slightest, but are trends that I have spotted on many holidaymakers or are trends I think will work really well on holiday.

    Tie Dye

    Depending on your destination and the type of holiday you’re going on of course, tie dye is trend that for me gives all those hippy, bohemian holiday feels that work so well when you’re submerged in holiday bliss. It’s a trend that I am incorporating into my summer wardrobe one baby step at a time.


    In the same vein as tie dye is shell jewellery. If you follow me on Instagram you will know I am head over heels in love with the shell trend and could literally adorn my entire body in shell jewellery, I have so much of it. Incorporating some shell accessories into a look is an immediate way to update your more classic holiday pieces/

    Bias Cut Skirts

    I am not sure the bias cut skirt is still considered a trend, but a bias cut skirt in black will go a long way on holiday. I wouldn’t bother purchasing in pastels or lighter and brighter colours for your hols, because the last thing you’d want is a giant sweat patch on your skirt once you’ve sat down for just that bit too long!

    Hawaiian Shirts

    Hawaiian style shirts tied over high waist cut off shorts or over swimwear just looks cool and is the perfect way to cover up and keep things trendy if you don’t feel one hundred percent comfortable in your swimming costume or bikini. Topshop has a good range of these style shirts, but I am sure you can find these in charity or vintage shops just as easily for a quarter of the price. I have one that I found in Christian’s wardrobe by a brand called Tuya from Argentina, the print and the colours are gorge and I love that it’s not from the high street.

    Oversized Tees

    Oversized tees, again perfect for throwing on over a swimming costume and wearing as a dress when you’re hanging about the villa or the resort. If your tee is oversized enough these t-shirts can be quite comfortable and super versatile. A black t-shirt dress in the evenings worn with gold heels or gladiators and a coin belt is the perfect effortless but glamorous holiday look.

    Natural Beige

    The natural and beige trend works so well for holidays. I would advise going for linen mix fabrics to avoid extreme creasing while travelling, because who can be bothered to iron on holiday?! Anything creased on arrival in my suitcase usually ends up staying exactly there! This trend just works so well especially if you’re holidaying in the Mediterranean countryside, I just have this vision of strolling through Lucca in Tuscany in a long linen dress and giant basket bag, looking all very rustic! Perfection!

    Holiday Trends

    Hawaiian shirt
    Levis taped shorts
    **Shell Layered Collar
    Rixo Tanya starfish-embellished chain belt
    Accessorize Gold Chain Belt
    Asos Design ASOS DESIGN short sleeve open shirt in floral tropical print
    Pieces hawaiian print boxy shirt co-ord
    Asos Design ASOS DESIGN short sleeve hawaiian shirt in digital print
    Topshop Womens **Maternity Hawaiian Print Bowler Shirt - Green
    Asos Design ASOS DESIGN vintage Hawaiian print oversized beach shirt
    Re/Done Hawaiian Short Sleeve Shirt
    Re/Done Cotton Aloha Hawaii T-Shirt
    Nasty Gal Womens Pearls Like You Embellished Knot Headband - Black - One Size, Black
    Asos Design ASOS DESIGN crown headband with pearl crystal and leaf embellishment in gold
    Simone Rocha White Cluster Baroque Hairband
    Asos Design ASOS DESIGN headband in pastel green jewel and pearl design
    Reclaimed Vintage inspired multi coin & shell charm necklace
    Ancient Greek Sandals - Iris Embellished Leather Sandals - Black
    Daydreamer Electric Magic Oversized Tee
    Sally T-Shirt
    Jemimasara Boob T-Shirt Black
    Versace Jeans Couture Logo Print Cotton T-shirt
    Versace Jeans Couture Oversize Fit T-shirt
    George Blue Tie Dye Frill Midi Dress
    Pink Tie Dye Maxi Dress, Pink
    Young Fabulous & Broke Ali Dress
    New Girl Order maxi satin slip dress in mixed zodiac print
    New Girl Order Curve oversized t-shirt with throwing shade graphic
    High-Rise Tie-Dye Denim Shorts
    Womens Wallis Black Tie Dye Blocked Maxi Dress - Black
    Alice+Olivia tie-dye kaleidoscope dress
    Blue Tie Dye Wrap Cami Playsuit, Blue
    H&M Straw bag
    Brixton Layover Pom-Pom Fedora
    Tan Shell Trim Western Hat, Tan
    Cream Shell Detail Straw Hat, Cream
    Hanna Weig X NA-KD Straw Hat
    Wanderlust Straw Hat
    Prada - Tie-dyed Cotton-canvas Visor - Green
    Linen-blend embroidered kaftan
    Shells bead necklace
    Seashell anklet bracelet
    UO Palm Tarot T-Shirt - white XS at Urban Outfitters
    Margherita Pink Shell Bobble Hair Tie - pink at Urban Outfitters
    Shell Hair Clip Set - gold at Urban Outfitters

    Wearing Dress: Adriana Dress Shoes: White mules Belt snake print from Primark, linked similar


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