The Ultimate Summer Shopping List

Summer Shopping List packing

by Lucy Morris |
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I know it’s terribly British to talk about the weather, but excuse me this one time because the current climate is exceptional. Exceptionally hot, I mean. The current heatwave is playing havoc with my hair (hello, humidity) and my wardrobe. So used to summer’s in the UK meaning one day of middling-to-OK sunshine followed by several underwhelming damp weeks, it turns out I have a closet that won’t close but nothing suitable to wear. First world problems, I know, but an issue nonetheless.

Come my next Easyjet to the continent rest assured I’ll have more options than I need for what to pack. But, place me in my normal work-life routine in London and suddenly I’m at a loss - those sandals are too flimsy for my commute, that light and airy dress is too see-through away from a beachside bar and that oversized (read: Jacquemus-lite) straw hat looks ludicrous.

Now the goal is not to throw away my favourite vacation pieces or even buy new ones, but to find a selection of stylish, modern items that I can wear this summer and next, because according to global warming this is our July weather from now on.

Personally, I like a summer dress with a little oomph, by which I mean structure. I want something like Borgo De Nor’s printed pink maxi. It’s long enough to pass the boardroom litmus test and sleeveless, which means less chance of embarrassing sweat patches. While I know straw bags look ridiculous outside of the vacation routine the label Muun has an urban option that’s a little more structured and has a peek-a-boo lining. When the holiday time finally hits I dream of packing my Fendi x Rimowa suitcase with Uterque summer tops, Cos swimwear and gold jewellery that glints just so for the Instagram selfie.

If you too find yourself scratching your head about what to wear right now, here is everything that should be on your 2018 shopping list:


What to wear to your summer holiday - Grazia

silk maxi dress1 of 61

Silk maxi dress, £695 from Aross Girl X Soler

earrings for summer2 of 61

Gold hoop earrings, £275 from Sophie Buhai

chanel tweed slingbacks3 of 61

Tweed slingbacks, $875 from Chanel

lace crop top denim4 of 61

Lace crop top, £195 from Miguelina

jeans wide leg summer5 of 61

Cropped wide-leg jeans, £295 from Khaite

paperbag shorts summer6 of 61

Belted paperbag shorts, £49 from &Other Stories

metallic shoes7 of 61

Light metallic blue heels, €320 from By Far Shoes

horro vacui dress summer8 of 61

Scallop ruffle cotton dress, £620 from Horror Vacui

nike air max trainers9 of 61

Nike Air Max Trainers, £140 from Asos

haight asmmetric shoulder bikini black10 of 61

Asymmetric shoulder bikini, £165 from Haight

roberi and fraud oval sunglasses11 of 61

Oval frame sunglasses, £180 from Roberi and Fraud

caroline constas12 of 61

Polka dot skirt, £366 from Caroline Constas

hunza g swimsuit13 of 61

Scoopback swimsuit, £135 from Hunza G

black sandals for summer14 of 61

Black sandals, £55 from &Other Stories

gold hair clasp summer15 of 61

Gold hair clasp, £90 from Clinq

innika choo cami16 of 61

Floral embroidered cami, £235 from Innika Choo

bassike shorts linen17 of 61

Checked shorts, £205 from Bassike

goodhood leopard print jacket18 of 61

Leopard print jacket, £285 from Goodhood

earrings for summer19 of 61

Gold plated and pearl earrings, £285 from Lucy Folk

honey hat ganni20 of 61

Honey hat, £50 from Ganni

rustic maxi skirt zara21 of 61

Rustic maxi skirt, £29.99 from Zara

wolf and whistle asos swimsuit22 of 61

Wolf and Whistle swimsuit, £17.50 from Asos

handbag23 of 61

Tote bag, $322 from 24 Sevres

Gu00fcl Hu00fcrgel dress stripe24 of 61

One shoulder stripe dress, £830 from Gül Hürgel

pink cat eye sunglasses neon25 of 61

Cat eye sunglasses, $98 from American Two Eye

Borgo De nor dress maxi summer26 of 61

Print crepe dress, £650 from Borgo De Nor

bag summer27 of 61

Bold bag, £369 from Manu Atelier

kaftan embroidered28 of 61

Embroidered cotton kaftan, £440 from Pippa Holt

alexander wang heels29 of 61

High heel sandals, $595 from Alexander Wang

roxanne assoulin bracelet multicoloured30 of 61

Multicoloured bracelet, $80-$240 from Roxanne Assoulin

tie dye swimsuit31 of 61

Tie-dye swimsuit, £29.99 from Mango

orange bag summer32 of 61

Orange handbag, $294 from Simon Miller

gucci printed headband33 of 61

Gucci printed headband, £215 from Net-A-Porter

silk red dress34 of 61

Silk-satin slip dress, £750 from Adriana Iglesias

bershka belt bag red35 of 61

Faux leather belt bag, £14.99 from Bershka

shell bracelet36 of 61

Shell bracelet, £315 from Aurélie Bidermann

veja low top leather trainers37 of 61

Low-top leather trainers, £115 from Veja

maria black gold earring38 of 61

Gold-plated hoop earring, £125 from Maria Black

batsheva printed dress39 of 61

Printed prairie dress, £368 from Batsheva

castaner espadrille wedges40 of 61

Canvas wedge espadrilles, £80 from Castaner

loren stewart diamond choker necklace41 of 61

9-Karat gold diamond choker, £495 from Loren Stewart

metallic earrings zara summer42 of 61

Bejewelled metallic earrings, £12.99 from Zara

apiece apart top bandeau43 of 61

Linen bandeau top, £215 from Apiece Apart

alexandra birman heels leather bow44 of 61

Bow-embellished leather heels, £435 from Alexandre Birman

Wireless B&O headphones45 of 61

Wireless leather headphones, £400 from B&O Play

nanushka denim wrap skirt46 of 61

Asymmetric denim wrap skirt, £255 from Nanushka

neous heels transparent47 of 61

Transparent heels, £395 from Neous

zimmerman lace top48 of 61

Embroidered lace top, £395 from Zimmerman

chloe gold aviator sunglasses49 of 61

Gold aviator sunglasses, £265 from Chloe

white geometric summer bag50 of 61

White geometric bag, $380 from Danse Lente

fendi cabin suitcase51 of 61

Cabin suitcase, £1950 from Rimowa X Fendi

rosantica beaded necklace52 of 61

Gold tone beaded necklace, £370 from Rosantica

uterque gingham top summer53 of 61

Gingham check top, £69 from Uterque

long spotted dress H&M54 of 61

Long spotted dress, £39.99 from H&M

prada black backpack55 of 61

Fabric backpack, $990 from Prada

matches fashion wide brimmed straw hat56 of 61

Wide-brimmed straw hat, £465 from Matches Fashion

wrap tie dye dress57 of 61

Wrap dress, $365 from Upstate

staud pink dress summer58 of 61

Pink summer dress, $285 from Staud

pink woven bag59 of 61

Pink woven bag, £366 from Moda Operandi

cos asymmetric bikini60 of 61

Asymmetric bikini top, £29 from Cos Stores

cos asymmetric bikini61 of 61

Asymmetric bikini bottoms, £25 from Cos Stores

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