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When it comes to summer holidays, getting dressed becomes as easy as slipping on swimwear, slathering on the SPF and reaching for your favourite sunglasses. As such, it’s worth taking a little extra time to plan a poolside wardrobe that will guarantee your style is always impeccable, even with a minimal morning routine. Whether you’re bound for a day at the beach or a sunset pool party, these are the swimsuits, bikinis, cover-ups and more that will level-up your vacation looks.
The most aesthetic holiday pairing since Marge Duval and Dickie Greenleaf, swimsuits and beach skirts are every It-girl’s vacation outfit of choice. From textured minis by Loewe Paula’s Ibiza and PatBO to chic pareos and sarongs at Faithfull the Brand, Agua by Agua Bendita and more, coordinating your cover-up to your swimwear is the fast-track way to look stylish and put together while at the beach.
Prefer to stay dry? Matching your mood, swimwear like this favours luxuriating beneath a parasol over taking a dip. From Oséree’s sequinned bikinis and Missoni’s signature knits to ruched floral appliqué by Maygel Coronel and Magda Butrym, these high-octane looks are guaranteed to make waves without ever touching the water.
Sitting somewhere between swimwear and partywear, the dress code for pool parties is in a league of its own. Think, cover-ups – but not of the kind that you’d wear fresh off the sand. A resort brand at heart, Missoni always comes through where glamour is required, from its iconic multicoloured zigzags to stripes laced with glittering Lurex and sequins. Elsewhere, PatBO’s sheer swimsuit-beach-dress hybrids rise to the occasion, while Louisa Parris silk kaftans are trusted favourites where elegance is concerned.
Heading out for some sightseeing? Or perhaps there’s a long lunch on the cards. Whatever your plan, water is never too far away, so always be prepared for a quick dip. Loose-fitting layers like button-up shirts and elasticated shorts wear well over swimwear, without looking too beachy. Opt for light, quick-drying materials like cotton, silk and linen in case you decide to take the plunge – and be sure to carry a spacious basket bag that will keep it all safe while you’re down to your bikini.
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