It’s officially summer holiday season, which means booking a lavish luxury getaway should be at the top of your to-do list. After a tricky two years, we’re all in need of some rest and recuperation, and whether you’re eyeing up a five star stay in the Maldives or a sophisticated European break in St. Tropez, the world’s most iconic and highly sought-after beaches are calling your name.
The perfect relaxing break should include plenty of downtime, which means sumptuous days being pampered at the spa, long days lounging by the pool with a good book and, of course, getting in plenty of shut-eye to restore that lost energy.
But whatever you plan to do with your downtime away, one thing’s for sure; you’ll want to look your very best while doing it. So, if you’re unsure what to pack in your suitcase this year, then look no further – because these are the style summer essentials to take with you for a summer break to remember.
A luxury caftan – or five
If there’s one garment we can’t wait to get into this summer, it’s a gorgeous caftan. These beautiful, relaxed pieces are the perfect choice for throwing on over your swimwear, lounging by the pool and even sleeping in, and they can even be dressed up with a bit of jewellery and a pair of designer heels for an easy transition into the evening.
Versatile, light and airy, they come in a host of stunning designs, from opulent embroidered silks to lightweight cottons and linens. Natori’s luxury caftans have to be our favourites, and feature gorgeous prints, intricate beading and a range of other embellishments, with colours and designs to suit all tastes and styles.
The new season has brought with it a whole host of new trends in swimwear, and knitted and ribbed fabrics are big news. Rarely seen in swimsuits and bikinis until now, they have quickly become an essential part of any stylish summer look, with some of the world’s biggest fashion houses showcasing the trend on the spring/summer 2022 catwalks and making a feature of them in their bricks-and-mortar boutique displays.
Whether you prefer one-pieces or bikinis, you’ll find something out there for you – look for pastel shades like baby pinks and blues for the most sophisticated way to wear the look.
A chic mini skirt
We’ve long opted for maxi dresses as our go-to evening look on holiday, but with this year’s 90s revival now in full swing and mini skirts officially making a comeback, your summer getaway is the perfect opportunity to give them a try. At a time of year when our legs are smoother and more tanned than any other point in the year, it’s certainly the most flattering season to give them a go – wear yours with a pair of laid-back flatform sandals and a linen top for relaxed beachside cool.
A woven bag
The trend for all things straw and raffia is still going strong, which is good news, considering how beach friendly they are. Basket bags and round, woven totes are bigger and better this season, and feature standout details like bold, leather straps and metal hardware to add a glamorous edge. Pack one large enough to throw all of your beach essentials into each morning, and choose a cute, woven clutch back for an extra dose of evening sophistication.
A pair of flatform sandals
Another trend that’s sticking around this season is the flatform, and this season’s hottest picks have drawn on the jute-soled look of the espadrille, with added weaving and embellishments in gold and silver. For your summer getaway, pack a comfortable pair in black, and another in white to ensure you’ll always have the right footwear on hand for your outfit of choice. Leave the towering heels at home, and give those tired feet a much-needed chance to relax.
A bucket hat
Wide-brimmed straw hats will always look chic and sophisticated on the beach, but this year, the 90s revival has brought bucket hats well and truly back into the limelight. Opt for neon detailing if you dare to nail another of the season’s key trends, or choose from a pastel colour palette for a cute and more pared down alternative.