The summer holiday checklist
Packing light is a breeze with these seven staples for the whole family
Picture this: it’s midnight, you’re sprawled spread eagle across the top of your suitcase and battling against a zipper that just. won’t. budge. Sounds familiar? If the curse of over-packing hits you every summer, there’s no need to rush out and buy an even bigger case. Instead, take a peek at our checklist of the seven essentials your holiday needs this year… we’ve got the whole family covered.
The easy cover-up
Off-the-shoulder, a breezy cut, easy to wear… Tu’s light cover-up will work whether you’re on the way to the beach or grabbing a midday siesta in the shade. Try with a pair of oversized sunnies, a messy up-do and our metallic sandals (see below) for effortless all-day-on-the-beach style.
This year, cossies are in. With its blue and white stripes and detachable tie waist, this plunge swimsuit works an understated nautical vibe. It also features a clever tummy control panel – perfect for disguising (very) long, (very) lazy lunches.
The easiest win to packing light? Finding versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down (or any way you like). This navy and white stripe dress is just right for that. Throw it over your swimsuit and team with sliders during the day or swap in some barely-there sandals and a pair of statement earrings when the sun goes down.
Featuring a subtle tiger print, this tie-shoulder top will go with all your holiday essentials – think jersey shorts, midi skirts and more. It also looks the business with some bleached denim turn-ups and these rose gold sandals…
Want to hit refresh on your summer footwear? Say hello to Tu’s metallic double strap sandals. With their comfort sole and cork stacked base, they’re made for long strolls on the beach and all-day sight-seeing alike.
No perfectly packed case is complete without some classic denim shorts. But these ones aren’t just your average pair because they’ve got a vibrant rainbow trim that’ll inject a little bit of colour to your outfit. Style with a simple white tee and Tu’s rose gold sandals for effortless chic.
Lounger to pool, pool to lounger, repeat. Avoid the uncomfortable hot foot dash with a pair of sandals that are reserved for relaxed days around the pool. These velvet bow ones should do the job nicely.
The look: athleisure. The shoes: sliders. This is summer footwear, reworked. In navy, white and red, this pair will match all your holiday basics. Win.
Balmy, breezy evenings call for a wear-with-everything lightweight cover-up. This washed denim jacket – from the new Admiral range – is just the ticket. Work a sma-sual vibe by pairing yours with an easy tee and polished chino shorts.
In made-to-keep-cool linen, this micro stripe shirt comes in a slim fit that looks nice worn simply with a pair of stone chino shorts but just as good open, with your trunks. That’s what we call versatile.
Headed on a city break this summer? This is when sandals won’t do. Sorry. But don’t worry because cool meets comfy in these chunky high-tops. They’ll look great with a pair of light-wash denim shorts and that Admiral denim jacket we mentioned earlier, too.
There’s no denying it: chino shorts always look good. Whether you pair them with casual tees or smart shirts, your outfit’s always going to be on point. Guaranteed.
Sport stripes on the regular? This green and white tee will be right up your street. Try with your new stone chino shorts. Sunny style, bossed.
When you’re spending at least 80 per cent of your time by the water, it’s worth getting swim shorts that pack serious style. In a blue and white seersucker stripe, this pair will instantly give the illusion of a tan (fake or not).
Nobody likes sitting around in a damp cossie. Our flamingo print towel poncho is ideal for throwing on when they’ve just come out the pool and doubles up as a sun-safe too.
Talking of cossies, how cute is this cat swimsuit? Pop it under their fave dungaree dress. We think we hear the beach calling…
In a graphic dino print, these swim shorts will add a bold pop of colour to their holiday style. Did we mention they’ve got dinosaurs on? Tyrannosauruses, stegosauruses, diplodocuses… the whole lot.
This postcard print tee has holiday written all over it. You know, just in case they forget where they are…
Embroidered denim, a Bardot neckline… this maxi dress has serious style points. Plus, it’ll keep them cool, as well as safe from the sun. Can’t ask for much more than that.
Espadrilles have been given an update this year… with metallic straps and a statement gingham print. They’ll look totally sweet with that denim maxi.
BOGOF, two for one… however you like to say it, this two-pack of shorts definitely gives you more bang for your buck. And the navy ones come in a playful ice cream and doughnut print. Tasty.
Got April all planned out? If not, head to our guide to what’s on this month and prepare to get inspired.