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 and Natalie Hammond |

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.

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Sensi Studio sunhat
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Jacquemus sunhat
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ASOS boater hat
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Puff-sleeved blouse

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

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SHOP: The best puff-sleeved blouses

Rhode Resort wrap blouse
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Kitri wrap blouse
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& Other Stories puff-sleeve gingham top
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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.

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SHOP: The best longline shorts

LF Markey shorts
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Lee Mathews shorts
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Frankie Shop shorts
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Sporty sandals

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

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SHOP: The best sporty sandals

Bershka sandals
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Cecilie Bahnsen sandals
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Carvela sandals
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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.

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Dior sunglasses
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Le Specs sunglasses
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Loewe sunglasses
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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.

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SHOP: The best basket bags

Maison M basket bag
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Loewe basket bag
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Warehouse bag
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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.

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Sleeper dress
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All Things Mochi dress
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Ghost dress
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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.

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SHOP: The best mermaid trinkets

Sandraalexandra earrings
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Brinker & Eliza necklace
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Uterque earrings
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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.

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SHOP: The best minimal one-pieces

Matteau swimsuit
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Lindex black swimsuit
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Hunza G swimsuit
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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.

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SHOP: The best quiet cover-ups

Rossell England rob
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Ven Store kaftan
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COS shirt dress
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