Especially now with the heatwave long gone, the August bank holiday feels like the last gasp of summer. That final moment to give your espadrilles an airing and a chance to visit a lido before it’s too late. Whether you’re taking the opportunity to run away from the UK and it’s unreliable weather or settling down for a staycation, the promise of a holiday (albeit a three-dayer) is sought to justify a wardrobe face-lift.
Sure, we promised a capsule wardrobe, but think of this 32-strong list as an edit of a vacation checklist. Staying put? Add a camouflage Rains jacket to your repertoire. Hopping on a flight? Don’t forget your flip-flops for Havianna’s are having a moment. Like the Birkenstock before them, the humble flip-flop is now the do-everything slip-on that you can wear with jeans, a swimsuit and a glamorous gown (ironically, mind). If your weekend is still an open book still waiting to be pencilled in, then consider the cult Diane Von Furstenberg silk scarf top, which will take you from day drinking at brunch to that new bar that everyone’s talking about with just a lipstick top-up. Sure, this edit is exhaustive, but what it lacks in refinement it makes up for in versatility.
Make your bucolic break a stylish one and your cosy homestay and chic experience with these 32 pieces: