By Darcy Rive
Whether you’re hitting the waves or making a splash in the pool, do it in a pair of bright and bold swim shorts. From the tailored swimmers by Orlebar Brown to the casual boardies of Vilebrequin and classic cuts of Frescobol Carioca, we’re seeing upbeat colours and offbeat prints that combine style and wearability. We love the retro beach print of these Derek Rose Maui Tropical Print Swim Shorts – perfect for fun in the water or a stroll along the shore.
Derek Rose Maui Tropical Print Swim Shorts, £145
You can never take enough T-shirts with you on any holiday, especially one to warmer climes or by the beach. Absorbing things like sunscreen and perspiration, you’ll want to keep a regular rotation on your tees. Sticking with natural materials like cotton helps to regulate your temperature, while styles from brands like Sunspel and Edmmond Studios will update both your vacation and everyday wardrobe. This Polo Ralph Lauren Stripe T-shirt adds a good dose of colour and an ever-cool nautical vibe into your holiday wardrobe.
Polo Ralph Lauren Stripe T-shirt, £59
When it comes to holiday dressing, there’s no better staple than a classic shirt. It's perfect for throwing on with your swimmers when you need to cover up from the sun or for the bar, and can take you from daytime casual to evening dress codes. For the beach or by the pool, opt for something with some flair - colours, prints and Cuban collars will give you that holiday vibe. This Hartford shirt ticks all three.
Hartford Slam Reverse Flamingos Print Shirt, £125
Even the hottest and sunniest days can take a cooler turn in the evenings, which is why a smart jumper is a holiday essential. Team it with your shorts for a relaxed look, or partner it with some light tailored trouser for a restaurant meal. This Saddle Crew Neck Cotton Cashmere Knit from Margaret Howell nails this summer’s trend for eye-popping colour and would make a seriously standout look when worn with some brilliantly patterned swim shorts.
Saddle Crew Neck Cotton Cashmere Knit from Margaret Howell, £295
Of course, no holiday – or wardrobe – is complete without the perfect pair of sunglasses. Whether you want to exude a sophisticated cool by the pool or save your eyes from the bright sparkle of the sea, sunglasses are a prime investment, especially with UV protective lenses. These High Brow Bar Sunglasses from British eyewear brand Cutler and Gross offer a contemporary twist on a classic quadra shape, accented with a fine metal high line brow bar, and are the perfect finishing touch for the ultimate vacation style.
Cutler and Gross High Brow Bar Sunglasses, £320
All holidays need a practical carrier. While totes and backpacks are better suited for carrying your beach towels and clothes, this waist pack from WANT Les Essentiels is the perfect size for your wallet, sunscreen and shades when you want to go exploring and don’t want to be weighed down. Plus, the way it clips around your hips saves you from any embarrassing tan lines from shoulder straps.
WANT Les Essentiels Waist Pack, £130
We love spending our days by the pool or at the beach, soaking up the sun and picking up some colour. However, tanning and too much sun exposure can cause numerous health issues and premature ageing. That’s why we’re stocking up on sun protection like this Kiehl’s Active Sun Protector SPF 50, which shields your skin from harmful UVA and UVB and is water resistant and oil free – which is just what your skin needs when you’re spending the day diving in and splashing about.
Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector SPF 50, £30