Left Your Holiday Packing Until The Very Last Minute? Here’s What To Take With You…

Whether you're checking in multiple suitcases or condensing everything into hand luggage, here are the summer essentials you need

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by Sophie Henderson |
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Things are definitely looking up. Summer has finally got the memo and your hot holiday is also on the horizon. The only problem? What to pack. You’re doing a mixture of poolside lounging, beach bar hopping and cobbled street wandering, and ideally want to mix-and-match pieces as easily as you can knock back an Aperol Spritz. What you need are summer add-ons - little extras that you can pop on at the last-minute to make your outfit really sing. So, to make things easier, we've whittled it down to ten essential items to take with you. If we could, we'd pack them for you too, but our talents only extend so far...

Supersized sunhat

When it comes to sunscreening, go big or go home in the hat department. Jacquemus is following up its famously ginormous La Bomba, with something slightly more wearable - the frayed-edge and fabulous Riviera.


SHOP: The best big straw hats

Sensi Studio sunhat1 of 3

Sensi Studio, Lady Ibiza Extra Frayed Adjustable Band, £200

Jacquemus sunhat2 of 3

Jacquemus, Riviera Straw Hat, £158

ASOS boater hat3 of 3

ASOS, Natural Straw Flat Boater, £22

Puff-sleeved blouse

Extravagantly voluminous sleeves are in for summer 2019. Style with a belted A-line skirt to keep the proportions in check.


SHOP: The best puff-sleeved blouses

Rhode Resort wrap blouse1 of 3

Rhode Resort, Valentina Floral-Print Cotton Wrap Blouse, £190

Kitri wrap blouse2 of 3

Kitri, Antonina Gingham Wrap Shirt, £85

& Other Stories puff-sleeve gingham top3 of 3

& Other Stories, Linen Puff Sleeve Gingham Top, £59

Longline shorts

A pair of elongated shorts will be your holiday wardrobe’s hardest workers. Slip them over a swimsuit for sundowners or wear with a short-sleeved patterned shirt for lunch in a sun-baked piazza.


SHOP: The best longline shorts

LF Markey shorts1 of 3

LF Markey, Henry Shorts, £80

Lee Mathews shorts2 of 3

Lee Mathews, Bonnie High-Rise Cotton-Twill Shorts, £245

Frankie Shop shorts3 of 3

Frankie Shop, Julie Gabardine Shorts, £125

Sporty sandals

Forget delicate slingbacks and pretty lace-ups. Velcro straps + flatform soles = summer’s must-have sandals. They're comfy, too.


SHOP: The best sporty sandals

Bershka sandals1 of 3

Bershka, Sporty Fabric Platform Sandals, £29.99

Cecilie Bahnsen sandals2 of 3

Cecilie Bahnsen, Aurelia Beaded Velcro-Strap Sandals, £355

Carvela sandals3 of 3

Carvela, Boujee Sandals, £79

Goggle glasses

Visor-like and sporty, these sunnies are as protective as they are stylish. Wear with a long-sleeved rash guard and surf shorts on the beach.


SHOP: The best goggle glasses

Dior sunglasses1 of 3

Dior, Diorsolight1 Sunglasses, £290

Le Specs sunglasses2 of 3

Le Specs, Illumination Overdized Acetate Sunglasses, £65

Loewe sunglasses3 of 3

Loewe, Show Sunglasses Blue, £340

Elevated straw bags

It’s Jane Birkin’s favourite, but now the basket bag has been dressed up with interesting details. Think colorful wicker and embroidered flowers/fruit. The more the merrier.


SHOP: The best basket bags

Maison M basket bag1 of 3

Maison M, Portuguese Basket Bag, £65

Loewe basket bag2 of 3

Loewe, Basket Flowers Large Bag Natural/Tan, £398

Warehouse bag3 of 3

Warehouse, Lemons Straw Bucket Bag, £35

Floral dresses

A ditsy-print dress works for both poolside lounging and seaside strolls. Dial up the romance with ties at the shoulders or whimsically puffed sleeves.


SHOP: The bes floral dresses

Sleeper dress1 of 3

Sleeper, Atlanta Off-the-Shoulder Shirred Printed Linen Midi Dress, £255

All Things Mochi dress2 of 3

All Things Mochi, Noe Dress, £320

Ghost dress3 of 3

Ghost, Marley Dress, £120

Mermaid jewellery

Think of freshwater pearls with gold as gap-year trinkets for grown-ups. Seashells, chunks of turquoise and colourful beads are all fair game.


SHOP: The best mermaid trinkets

Sandraalexandra earrings1 of 3

Sandraalexandra, Isabela Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings, £105

Brinker & Eliza necklace2 of 3

Brinker & Eliza Meet Cute Y-Necklace, £230

Uterque earrings3 of 3

Uterque, Seashell earrings, £49

Minimal one-piece

A pared-back swimsuit can be the bedrock of many a hot-weather outfit if you treat it like a bodysuit. Style under ruffled skirts, high-waisted shorts or even linen trousers by day, and wear with miniskirts and barely-there sandals by night.


SHOP: The best minimal one-pieces

Matteau swimsuit1 of 3

Matteau, One-Shoulder Swimsuit, £276

Lindex black swimsuit2 of 3

Lindex, Black Swimsuit, £29.99

Hunza G swimsuit3 of 3

Hunza G, Solitaire Belted Ribbed Seersucker Swimsuit, £140

Quiet cover-ups

A kaftan doesn’t have to be covered in tassels, little mirrors or embroidery to say ‘summer’. Make an oversized shirt or even a minimal robe your next cover-up of choice.


SHOP: The best quiet cover-ups

Rossell England rob1 of 3

Rossell England, Angled Kimono Robe, £335

Ven Store kaftan2 of 3

Ven Store, The Kaftan Stripe, £170

COS shirt dress3 of 3

COS, Long Striped Shirt Dress, £59

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