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10 Essential Items For Your Summer Holiday Shopping Trip

Whether you’re jetting off to the other side of the globe or spending time on the Great British coast, you’re probably already a little bit overwhelmed about what to pack for your summer holiday. It’s understandable with the ever-changing weather, trends and baggage allowance, but don’t stress – we’re here to help


For great fitting swimwear, make sure you try it on, even test it round the house to make sure it’s going to be comfortable and support you in the right places. It’s always a good idea to pack at least one bikini and one swimming costume so you have options on holiday, or why not try a tankini – a mix of both of these? For hygiene reasons never remove stickers or tags until you are 100% happy with your purchase. M&S have a really good variety of swimwear to suit all shapes and sizes; DD+, tummy control and even longer length swimwear.




A classic piece that never goes out of style – the cotton shirt. A loose shirt will come in very handy on holiday, dressed up or down, but can also be worn at work on warmer days too. Not only is it stylish and versatile, the breathable fabric will keep you looking and feeling cool. Perfect as a cover-up if you’re out in the midday sun. Check out lovely shirts at Crew Clothing.



Whether you prefer a maxi, midi or mini, a dress is a summer holiday must-have. We may not all be comfortable wearing dresses back home, but going on holiday is the perfect time to relax, let your hair down and get your legs out! It’ll help keep you cool whilst looking elegant at the same time. New Look and Phase Eight offer an amazing selection of dresses.



Linen trousers are soft, breathable and chic – ideal for keeping you comfortable whilst travelling. They can be worn as an easy beach cover-up during the day or glammed up at night time with your favourite top and accessories. Most linen trousers have pockets so you can keep any keys, tickets and spare change safe too. Fatface have a nice selection of loose and cropped linen trousers this season.



A beautiful wrap will instantly add glamour to any outfit and keep you warm on a cool summer evening. Also, useful to have in your bag on day trips visiting local villages and religious sites if you suddenly need to cover your shoulders. Debenhams will have just what you need!



A fun bag is always a must-have for your holidays. Look for anything made from raffia/paper made in bright colours. A lot of brands do larger bags with smaller compartments that can be taken out and used separately, so your daytime beach bag can be transformed in to a less clunky evening clutch. If it’s a more practical, multi-purpose bag you’re after, check out the bumbags, travel bags and holdalls at Tog24.



Sunstroke and sunburn can ruin a holiday, so play it safe and opt for a hat. This will help protect you from the sun whilst adding a touch of mystery and glamour to your look. Try Dorothy Perkins for a stylish summer hat.



Always a must-have, sunglasses come in all shapes and sizes. Big trends this season are Aviator, Cat eye, and Square designs. Visit Monsoon to see which best suits your face-shape and treat yourself to some fabulous sunnies.



A good pair of sandals can transform your outfit, whether it’s day or night. Metallics are always good for summer holidays as gold, silver and bronze can be worn easily with most colours and will compliment your tan. A slight wedge is a sensible option if you want to add length to your legs but not topple over after a few sangrias! Cotton Traders have an amazing selection of comfortable yet stylish designs, but if it’s more delicate evening wear you’re looking for then head to Wallis.



If for whatever reason you won’t be updating your summer wardrobe this year, an easy and affordable way to give your outfits a new lease of life is by adding costume jewellery. Head straight to Accessorize and go for bold, bright and fun pieces that work with several garments.

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