Summer’s finally here, which for many of us, means one thing – chilling out by the ocean, ideally in some exotic location. What you really need to embrace the holiday vibe is a suitcase of carefully curated clothes that make your beach style look effortless.
With a little planning, you can get your fashion glow on and look fabulous as you enjoy your hard-earned summer break. Here’s what to wear on your next beach vacation.
Embrace the capsule
When it comes to summer vacations, we can all be guilty of overpacking, only to find we wear less than half of the clothes we take. So, the best approach to planning what to wear on your next beach vacation is ‘less is more’.
Your aim is to take versatile pieces you can mix and match to create enough gorgeous outfits to take you from the beach to bar…and everything in-between. Oh, and you must love everything you take otherwise they simply won’t be worn!
Here are the essentials worth looking for in a women’s designer sale. These items are all you’ll need for the ultimate capsule holiday wardrobe that will guarantee your status as a vacation fashionista.
There are no hard and fast rules on swimwear, other than choosing what you feel good in. Bikinis will never go out of fashion and range from the classic triangle top to sporty tankini designs. Or, you could showcase your style edge by opting for a retro style such as ruffles, waist-high bottoms or 50s halter necks.
The one-piece swimsuit is also on trend, with cut-out designs, ruching, wide belts, colour brights, and asymmetric styles big for this season. So, if there’s one new item you add to your vacation packing this summer, then make it swimwear.
The versatility of a cover-up in your vacation capsule wardrobe should not be under-estimated. And they won’t take up too much space in your suitcase. A colourful sarong can take you from the lounge to the poolside bar while a kimono-style cover-up can also work as a beach dress or evening jacket when the nights get cool. Linen tunics and oversized statement Ts can also double up as the perfect cover-up outfit if you fancy some post-beach retail therapy.
Beautifully cut shorts in a neutral colour never fail when it comes to styling up or down your vacation look. Wear with a simple strappy vest and sneakers for some impromptu sightseeing or with your bikini top for a cooling drink in the beachside taverna. Or transform those anywhere shorts into après-beach drinks by adding a silk scarf as a belt, kimono cover-up, and strappy metallic sandals.
The must-have maxi dress
Another must-have for your vacation suitcase is the maxi-dress. Not only can you wear your maxi during the day when you need to cover up against the midday sun, but it can also be styled up for dinner or a relaxed night on the town. Look for styles that include adjustable straps, side splits, or a bandeau top for extra versatility and interest.
Or, hot for this season is the white maxi – cooling during the day, it can be made party-ready by night with a wide leather belt, chunky bracelets, and wedge espadrilles.
Day-to-night two piece
Summer dressing doesn’t get any easier than the two-piece which can hybrid into a host of day and night-time looks. The two-piece can be either skirt or wide-leg trousers, matched with a sleeveless or strapless top to give a glimpse of a sun-kissed midriff.
For a romantic, feminine summer look, opt for floral patterns and mid-calf A-line or skater skirt, or for a cool beach style, navy stripes, and palazzo trousers look the business.
Styled down with sneakers or sliders by day, the two piece looks fabulous and feminine when teamed with killer heels by night. Or mix and match with other pieces in your holiday capsule wardrobe for an eclectic summer style of your own.
The finishing touch to your vacation packing should be some essential accessories that can transform your beach outfits into something extraordinary. Think large statement sunglasses, gold hoop earrings, a day tote, and a small evening bag with more than a dusting of sparkle.
As a final tip, easy-to-pack bandanas, scarves, and even a rollable wide-brimmed hat will take up minimal space when you pack your luggage and can be invaluable when it comes to looking beach-ready gorgeous anytime.