What to pack: a female fashion editors guide for a sunny beach break

We all want to look stylish while on our holidays, and these 10 items are favourites with those in-the-know to take you from beach to bar: 

Suitcase packed for a holiday

Suitcase packed for a holiday

Cotton dress

That light-weight, throw on dress that works for wandering around town as well as it does for making your way to the beach. Find a style you like, buy it in a few different colours, and voila - your daytime wardrobe is sorted. 

Flat Sandals 

Wandering around exploring new cities all day calls for some sturdy footwear. But that doesn’t have to mean boring. Choose some greek-style leather classics that can be used again and again.


For those days, or evenings when you feel the heel; espadrilles are the long-time favourite. Take a wedge pair, or three, in different colours so you’ll never not have something to suit. 

Woman wearing a straw hat looking out to sea

Woman wearing a straw hat looking out to sea

Straw hat 

This long-time favourite is the perfect accessory to ensure you look stylish while on the sand or in the beach bar. And bonus points for protecting your face when the sun's rays get too strong!

Maxi dress 

A block-colour cotton number for a casual evening, or a stylish silk version for a more dressy affair. The maxi dress is always a winner in our eyes.  

Statement jewellery

Be it costume jewellery or the real deal; a bit of sparkle never fails to take an outfit from day to night. Layer your necklaces, bracelets or rings to brighten up those summer evenings. Head to our online store to pick up some fun pieces. 

Woman wearing a black swimsuit walking in the sea

Woman wearing a black swimsuit walking in the sea

Simple swimsuit 

You can’t go wrong by packing a simple black swimsuit into your luggage. Yes, you may want to wear some fancier costumes or bikinis at some stage of your trip, but the cover-all black staple is a winner for those days you want effortless chic. 


All important for that top-to-toe finish, as well of course, to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. We suggest taking your favourite designer pairs, as well as some more playful designs. Always ensure thy have the correct UV ray protection. 


Throw a kaftan over your beach-wear for instant glamour. Also perfect for hitting the beach bar for sundowners. 

Straw bag 

Whether it’s for carrying your holiday-buys as you wander the local streets, packing your towel and reading book into for the beach, or throwing over your shoulder on an evening out; the straw bag is a one-look-fits-all-favourite.

For more holiday accessories inspiration, browse our online store. 

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Stylish and versatile straw bag

Stylish and versatile straw bag