Dec 14, 2023
Your summer holiday wardrobe: 10 essentials from £25 you need to pack in your suitcase
If you're wondering what to pack for your summer holidays, we've got you covered with ten essentials from the likes of River Island, F&F and Zara that will take you from the beach to the bar Packing
If you're wondering what to pack for your summer holidays, we've got you covered with ten essentials from the likes of River Island, F&F and Zara that will take you from the beach to the bar
Packing for your holidays is always a stressful time. Trying to think about the perfect outfit for every possible occasion while also making sure you're within the dreaded baggage allowance isn't easy. To make your life easier, we've gathered ten essentials you need for your summer holiday wardrobe.
The key to packing light but still looking stylish is to opt for breezy lightweight items like maxi dresses and floaty trousers, while also sticking with versatile items that can be worn with different pieces to create different outfits. This can be a matching set that can be both worn together as a look and then separately with your other essentials, or a statement midi that can be dressed up or down with different shoes depending on what you're doing.
Here, our OK! fashion editor Lauren shows you how to style these ten pieces together below...
A one-piece swimsuit is a summer essential year after year and we love that this lime green one from F&F adds a pop of colour to your beach wardrobe. Throw over a vibrant cover-up and grab a basket bag for a beach to bar look. Shop the F&F swimsuit online at Next, £25 here or at your local Tesco store and the silk kimono, £380 here
Breezy and light, maxi dresses are perfect for the hot weather. You can dress them down with some flat sandals or up with a pair of strappy heels and lots of jewellery. This statement ikat printed one is on the pricier side, but it is a great investment as you will have it for summers to come.
Linen dress from Encantadore at Fenwick, £325 here
A neutral trouser always looks chic and classy and this River Island pair are no exception. They are a summer staple that you can continue to wear for years, simply style with a stylish bag and a raffia clutch for the perfect alfresco dining look. River Island trousers, £30 here and a similar raffia clutch from Jigsaw via Next, £65 here
If you're bored of the traditional summer floral and stripes, ikat is a great alternative print to wear this summer. This vibrant green midi dress from White Stuff can be both relaxed or formal depending on how you style it, perfect for packing in your holiday suitcase. Alongside a midi dress, a straw hat is also a summer staple that you can't go wrong with. We love this one from Fatface.
White Stuff dress, £75 here and Fatface straw hat, £35 here
When packing for your summer holiday, you want versatile items that can be worn over again. A stylish blouse is essential for this. It can be worn with a midi skirt for a chic evening look, denim shorts for a chilled daytime look or clashed with some printed floaty trousers like we did for a relaxed lunchtime outfit. Shop a similar printed blouse, £149 here and similar trousers from Zara, £49.99 here
Alongside a statement blouse, a kaftan is also an essential and versatile item to pack in your suitcase. They can be worn over a bikini when you're lounging by the beach or the pool and equally they can dressed up as a sleek evening look. This bold, ikat printed one from Monsoon will brighten up your holiday wardrobe.
Monsoon kaftan, £80 here
Matching sets or co-ords are great to have in your suitcase. Pair them together like we did and jazz up the look with a crochet waistcoat and some chunky sandals. Or you can wear them separately, giving you more holiday looks and space in your suitcase.
Fatface t-shirt, £42 here and matching trousers, £49.50 here