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This year's holiday essentials
Whether you’re a last-minute packer or needing a pre-holiday wardrobe refresh, these are our go-to staples for any summer holiday.
Published 13 January

When it comes to packing for your summer holiday there are a few essentials we all need in our suitcases – from the perfect multitasking dress to comfy sandals and the ultimate day bag, these items will serve you well long after the holiday ends.

So, whether you’re a last-minute packer or needing a pre-holiday wardrobe refresh, these are our go-to staples for any summer holiday.

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Wherever you’re holidaying, your trip will likely see you spending a little time lounging by the beach, pool, or perhaps sneaking in an after-dinner soak in the spa. This season, we’re loving high-waisted, classic styles in muted block colours like navy or emerald green.

The day-to-night dress

The thing we love most about holidays are the long, lazy days full of beach swims, and strolls ending in sunset cocktails. While we love the relaxed holiday vibes, finding a dress that can take you from a casual hotel breakfast to a swanky restaurant dinner can be tricky. We suggest opting for lightweight flowy fabrics like linen, which combine casual comfort with elegance taking you from day to play seamlessly. The floral Canela Dress from Fresh Soul Clothing is our top pick. Style it with sandals and a wide brim hat for daytime or chuck on some heels and gold accessories for an elevated night-time look.


Pay homage to all your favourite 70s and 90s stars with a pair of statement vacation-worthy sunglasses. This season’s eyewear is all about small, yet dramatic sunnies – cat eyes are out, while small angular frames and tinted lenses are in. Cotton On has a great selection, and these blue-tinted beauties are a throwback to the 90s that you just can’t help but adore!

Laid back slacks or shorts

Tailored lightweight pants or shorts are a staple we won’t be getting bored of any time soon. While a classic pair of jeans is always a winner, hot summer destinations and days spent indulging in good food and cocktails may mean you’re wanting something a little less constricting. Paired with flats and a white tee for a day of exploring your new surroundings, or with a blazer and heel for dinner, these Forever New pants will remain a staple long after your holiday ends.

Tiered skirt or sarong

Just like the day-to-night dress, a tiered skirt or sarong will have you feeling effortlessly comfortable no matter where your day or night takes you.

When shopping for the right skirt, something mid-length and lightweight like linen or cotton is just the right combination of casual and sophisticated. We’re loving the belted, tiered midi skirt from Fresh Soul Clothing this season.

Thrown over a pair of swimmers easily, the sarong was once an item reserved for holidays alone, now it’s found a place in our wardrobes for everyday wear. In our post-quarantine lives, the sarong has inspired many runway looks with sarong skirts popping up everywhere from Sunday brunch to the office.

Stylish and comfy flats

Holidays undoubtedly mean you’ll clock up those daily steps, meaning a comfy pair of shoes are a must – but comfortable doesn’t have to mean boring. Thongs are seeing a chic update with quality material and a slight platform, making for an elegant summer sandal option. The Zadie sandal from Novo Shoes is the ideal complement to your versatile summer dress and will not only let your feet breathe on those long hot days but will also take you from the coast to cocktails seamlessly.

An oversized shirt

Paired with heels by night and worn over swimmers by day, an oversized shirt can be dressed up or down and will match almost any bottom in your wardrobe. Or can be perfectly stylish worn on its own as a shirtdress. Trust us, you won’t regret making room in your bag for this versatile staple. As one of the biggest summer trends, you can’t ignore the sophistication and versatility of the oversize boyfriend shirt. The Hadley shirt from Forever New is one investment piece you’ll get some miles out of – and these seaside-inspired stripes were made for holidaying!

The ultimate day bag

While we all love a cute clutch, when it comes to a holiday go to – your best bet is finding the perfect day bag that’ll fit everything from swimmers and a book to your jacket and water bottle. You can’t past a classic straw tote for summer, like this beauty we found at Strandbags. When shopping for the perfect day bag, don’t underestimate the importance of a comfortable strap!

Straw hat

Glamourous, laid back and sun safe – a hat is a must on any vacation, and straw is our go-to this season. From fedoras and panamas or a trendy bucket hat, whatever your style and wherever your destination, the classic straw hat never goes out of style, and you can rest easy knowing you’ll be sure to wear it even after your holiday ends.