When it comes to holiday packing a few well judged essentials can make the difference between chic global traveller and flustered Brit abroad. Make your life easier with our top tips for a bonafide beach babe look. Multi tasking pieces, go-with-everything jewellery and tan enhancing tones all fit the bill perfectly, with a few additional items we never leave home without. Bon Voyage!
1) INVEST IN A GOOD BIKINI
Is there anything worse than a poorly made, dodgy fitting bikini? Go for something that will last more than a few wears and supports you in all the right places. Freedom of movement without fear of a stray bosom or showing too much derierre should be a given. Our Lalesso bikinis provide exactly that reassurance and with the most beautiful styles to give you beach confidence to boost.
2) WHITE ORGANIC COTTON IS YOUR FRIEND
Stay chic and cool with the best quality organic cottons and linen. Our Beaumont Organic dresses and shirts are perfect for warmer days when the thought of clingy materials is more than you can bear. They go with absolutely everything and you will get many a wear out of them in just one week thanks to their versatility.
3) THE BEST SUNSCREEN YOU CAN GET
Lobster red skin is never a good look. Not to mention the health hazards. The answer is simple - protect yourself. We can't get enough of UltraSun Sport in factor 20. Not only is it paraben free, so won't irritate your skin like most sunscreens do - you only have to apply once a day for full coverage no matter how many dips you take in the pool. For the face Korres Yoghurt Sunscreen in factor 50 refreshes and hydrates the skin.
4) NO DRAMA EVENING DRESSES
Holidays are about relaxation, winding down and making it easy for yourself. So we don't want to waste time ironing, steaming and hanging our clothes before heading out. Instead of choosing elaborate evening dresses that require all of the above, look out for elegant maxi dresses that won't crease and can double up as day or night numbers depending on where you are going.
5) READING MATERIALS
Having spent a recent holiday having forgotten my book and with nowhere to buy one I can't express clearly enough how important a good book is on holiday. There is only so much gazing at beautiful views one can do. Getting lost in a book for hours in the shade of a tree is one of life's great pleasures that modern schedules rarely allow time for. Take full advantage.
Some Gather&See favourites:
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Late Fragments by Kate Gross
To Die For by Lucy Siegle
6) TIMELESS SUNGLASSES
Just like the bikini - invest in a good pair of sunnies and you won't regret it. We can't recommend Finlay&Co enough. The iconic British sunglass brand is famed for it handcrafted wooden frames, and new for this season they have added Italian made Acetate versions to the collection for an amazing choice of the best quality shades money can buy. No wonder Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, Jenson Button and Jessica Alba are all fans. Being uni-sex you might want to buy a pair for the man in your life too. His n hers never looked cooler.
Shop Finlay & Co HERE
7) A VERSATILE "BEACH" BAG
So Danielle Foster's Coral Kelly tote might strictly be seen as rather a plush option for a beach bag being crafted from the finest leather in London and all. But it has a softness and quality that mean it will withstand an outing to the beach just as well as it will a trip to the market, smart lunch and paparazzi worthy airport arrival. The detachable zip pouch doubles up as a smart evening clutch. And that colour.... summer perfection.
Danielle Foster Kelly Bag in Coral.
8) SCENTS OF SUMMER
Some perfumes just smell of holiday. The smallest whif can conjure up notsalgic memories of balmy evenings, poolside lounging and romantic dinners. We say embrace it and choose something that is really going to hit that spot. Breathe in and enjoy.
Acqua di Parma: Fico di Amalfi
Marc Jacobs: Kumqat (Yes, that really is the name)
9) THE ULTIMATE BEACH COVER UP
Call me old fashioned but I don't like to eat in a bikini. For those of a similar disposition or just for those times where you want to cover up a bit and avoid the summer an easy to throw on cover up is an absolute holiday essential. Sometimes showing a little less makes more of an impact... two absolute favourites of ours:
10) GLOW ENHANCING JEWELLERY
A touch of gold jewellery (a touch we said, not Dallas over kill!!) just sparks off your sunkissed glow to perfection and will compliment all your summer outfits. From earrings to pendant necklaces, our A Peace Treaty collection offers the very best summer pieces.