Published: 8th July 2014
Author: Bethanie Lunn

Paradise Island

When we’re packing for our holidays, we all know that us girls have a tendency to pack for every eventuality. If we’re off to tropical climates, then of course we may need a woolly jumper in case it gets cold, or leather boots in case it gets muddy… on the beach (wrong, ladies). What I’ve learnt over the years is to pack light but it’s much harder than it looks when all we want to do is pack our entire wardrobe, shoe collection and bathroom cabinet.

Number one on my list is always the bikini and there is definitely nothing wrong with packing as many as you can. They are tiny after all and don’t take up much space. I’m also a fan of the swimsuit; it has a much more stylish look than a bikini, perfect for balmy evening drinks around the pool and for keeping everything in place when you’re swimming or snorkelling. If you’re not so keen on the all-in-one, then opt for a fifties style two-piece which gives you a bit more cover up than a string bikini whilst looking uber glamorous. Below are my top water wear pieces this season.


Red Herring tropical bustier and high waist bottoms, £32, Debenhams


Multi coloured print bikini set, £30, BHS


Fringed swimsuit, £25, Miss Selfridge

Next on my list are my desert island essentials. Surviving the heat is sometimes a battle in itself, but if you’re well prepared for that tropical climate, then there’s no need to worry. Other than the obvious beauty essentials such as waterproof mascara, highlighter, sun tan lotion, after sun, hair protection spray, that perfect lip colour, my favourite summer scent (the list goes on), there are a few fashion items that will definitely be in my suitcase this year.


The sun hat – don’t leave home without it. Not only is it a fashion piece, but these days I’m more worried about heat stroke and dry, crispy hair. Whether you want to look good or just shade your face on the beach, a hat is a holiday essential and I love this white straw cowgirl-esque hat from Miss Selfridge (£20). It’s not too ‘in your face’ but at the same time you won’t look out of place wearing it as you walk along that Ibiza coastline.


Next is the colour pop sandal. I don’t bother with heels on holiday unless I am off to a party… I don’t see the need. There are so many gorgeous flats out there which can be worn day or night that who wants to be tottering around poolside? I found these gorgeous violet coloured sandals by H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams (£29.50). I love the tan leather and purple straps and they would look great with denim shorts in the day and a more dressy number at night.

And finally, my all time summer must have is a piece of statement jewellery. In fact I prefer to mix and match on holiday, especially with bracelets and bangles and they always look better with a tan. If you read last month’s post on festival fashion, you’re know I love a touch of tribal so this cuff (£7) from Accessorize was a bit of a find.


For all those heading off for a city break then bikinis may not necessarily be top of your packing list unless you have a rooftop pool of course. There’s something about a city break that makes you want to dress a little smarter and this season, the perfect piece for day time wandering is the jumpsuit. Whether it’s long or short, the jumpsuit has the perfect balance between easy-to-wear and elegance. I found this stunning embellished piece from Miss Selfridge (£99). This is obviously a far more vamped up version of the everyday jumpsuit and goes against all the jumpsuit rules, but who cares, it’s gorgeous.





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