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Friday 27 May 2016

Selfridges Loves: Holidays

SELFRIDGES LOVES Holidays

We love holidays, and we're taking a wild guess that you do too. With so many beautiful things and so little baggage allowance, here's our rundown of this season's must-pack swimwear and beach essentials to make this year's adventure your most stylish yet.
Here's our rundown of this season's must-pack swimwear and beach essentials to make this year's adventure your most stylish yet

1. MAKE THE CUT

Model wearing cutout swimsuit

How best to show off your fashion nous poolside? Opt for a sleek one-piece swimsuit that shows some skin. With designers daring us to bare a bit more this summer, swimwear is the perfect way to experiment with more risqué styles. This season, Solid & Striped, Emma Pake and Mara Hoffman have all given classic maillots a sexy update with strategically placed slashes and cutouts. They also neatly double up as bodysuits - simply add some denim cut-offs or loose trousers to go from beach to brunch. Just don't forget the sunscreen - unless you want some seriously wacky tan lines.

2. SPORTING GREATS

Model wearing black and white bikini
High-neck bikini top and bottoms, both JETS BY JESSIKA ALLEN

Whether it's the school run, out shopping, over a business lunch, or even drinks, sportswear is infiltrating every part of our everyday wardrobe - and our holiday suitcase is no exception. Forget skimpy string bikinis: this season's standout swimwear trend fuses form and function, with high necklines, performance fabrics, precision cuts and wetsuit-inspired details (think racy zippers, elasticated trims) offering streamlined options for swimming novices and pros alike. Pair with slicked-back hair and slider sandals for head-to-toe sporty simplicity. Game of beach volleyball, anyone?

3. OFF THE SHOULDER

Model wearing off-the-shoulder bikini

You can hardly turn a corner these days without seeing a pair of exposed shoulders, and what better way to showcase the silhouette of the season than on the beach? If your holidays are less about the swimming and more about the sunbathing, this oh-so glamorous bikini by swimwear designer-to-the-stars Lisa Marie Fernandez is the one for you. Pair with a Thierry Colson shoulder-skimming beach cover-up for the ultimate in slip-on-and-go style.

4. ELEGANTLY WAISTED

Model wearing high-waisted bikini

Fifties-style bikini bottoms have been enjoying something of a renaissance of late. Ideal for those of us who wince at the idea of flashing our flesh to fellow beach-goers, the high-waisted fit accentuates the smallest part of your torso and contours curves, creating a flattering, contemporary silhouette. We love this season's offerings from Emma Pake, Seafolly and Jets by Jessika Allen. Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe with a pair of oversized sunglasses and a big floppy hat.

5. THROW-ON APPEAL

Model wearing shirt dress and bikini

This season's breezy shirt dress ticks that all-important throw-on-and-go box. In keeping with swimwear's new pared-back approach, this understated shirt dress from Jets by Jessika Allen is a simple yet surprisingly seductive option - akin to throwing on your boyfriend's white shirt. Look to Melissa Odabash, Camilla and March 11 for more cool cover-ups.

6. MAXIMUM IMPACT

Model wearing red kimono dress

Summer getaways are always a great excuse to expand your style horizons, and every expertly curated suitcase needs one look-at-me dress for that candlelit sunset dinner or special evening out. Embrace that laid-back holiday vibe with billowy fabrics, bohemian prints and bright hues. Top of our packing wish list? Osman's dramatic red cape gown, Yuliya Magdych's linen kaftans and Etro's diaphanous maxi dresses - limiting yourself to just one might be the only problem.

Model wearing Prada sunglasses

7. SPECS APPEAL

If you ask us, a woman can never have too many pairs of sunglasses (surely they're up there with shoes?) - and what better excuse to add to your collection than a holiday. This summer it's all about oversized tortoiseshell styles (all hail Prada), retro-round frames (Ray-Ban's Phantos is the style set's new favourite), and new fashion-eyewear collaborations (Self-Portrait x Le Specs Luxe's covetable new collection deserves some serious attention).

Model wearing silver sandals

8. SHINY NEW SHOES

Footwear can take up all too much of your precious suitcase space, so you need to give your choice of holiday sandals some serious thought. Enter the gleaming metallic styles from Aquazzura, Ancient Greek Sandals and Sophia Webster. Versatile, glamorous and comfortable to boot, they will take you from sightseeing days to sophisticated soirees with effortless ease. At the top of our wish list is this silver fringed pair from Kenzo, which will jazz up the simplest of summer ensembles.

Gigi Hadid in Seafolly
Gigi Hadid in Seafolly

9. SUN & SWIM EXTRAVAGANZA

Not feeling in the holiday mood yet? Join us at Selfridges London, Oxford Street, on Thursday 9 June, for a fun-packed sun and swim shopping evening. Discover the latest beachwear collections and make the most of exclusive gifts with purchase, swimwear style advice and prize giveaways from Seafolly, Zimmerman, Jets by Jessika Allen and Melissa Odabash, all washed down with Press juices and Snow Flake ice-cream sandwiches.

Day Retreats yoga retreat
Day Retreats, photograph by My Yoga London

10. TRANSFORMERS

For busy folk who can't (or don't want to) spend two weeks beside a pool, 'transformational' holidays might be just the thing for you. Whether through fitness, meditation or learning a new skill, the aim of these breaks is to come back a better version of yourself. Think swimming between the Greek islands with adventure company SwimTrek; escaping to Obonjan (the new festival-meets-wellbeing Croatian holiday island) for a creative programme of music, talks, art, health and workshops; or for the super time-crunched, one-day yoga, Pilates and meditation retreats in the heart of London with Day Retreats.

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