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Spring and summer wardrobe essentials for affordable luxury looks

Spring and summer wardrobe essentialsBooked your summer getaway? Then what are you waiting for – the next big thing is to pull together your summer wardrobe essentials.

We’ve trawled the high street for everything from stylish but comfortable travel wear to functional yet glamorous clothing for those hot summer nights.

We’ve pulled together four of the best fashion trends for spring and summer.

With flattering shirt dresses, perfect for warmer climes, flattering tops and a range of swimwear to suit all body shapes, we’re taking the drama out of clothes shopping with a selection items from mainstream stores and online outlets to suit your style.

This spring-summer wardrobe essentials are all about nautical fancy, utilitarian khaki, hot tropics with colour popping prints and wraps.


Wardrobe essentials for your next getaway


Spring and summer wardrobe essentials - nautical1. Wrap Over Longline Blouse, £35, Simply Be. 2. Personalised Infinity Anchor Necklace, £39.90, My Name Necklace. 3. Striped Halterneck Tankini Set, £38, Next. 4. Ray Ban Sunglasses, £153, Selfridges. 5. Navy Stripe Tote Bag, £24.99, New Look. 6. White Shorts, £16.50, Dorothy Perkins.

Stripes can be tricky to pull off, but wear them right and they can flatter all shapes and sizes. And nautical doesn’t always mean stripes – think white and navy combos and cute anchor accessories. Tone with tan, or add a flash or red accessories or lipstick to finish the look.

Navy and white are the perfect colours to mix with the hot tropics and khaki trends hitting the catwalks so maximise space in your case and invest in white or navy shorts as a staple item for your holiday.


Spring and summer wardrobe essentials - khaki1. Khaki Cold Shoulder T-Shirt, £25, River Island. 2. Stone Lace Up Block Heels, £27.99, New Look. 3. Layered Tank Dress, £26, Topshop. 4. Light Pink Embellished Sandals, £48, River Island. 5. Mink Triangle Bikini Set, £44, Next.  6. Khaki Saddle Bag, £15.99, New Look. 7. Linen Mix Trousers, £19, Simply Be.  8. Large Step Arm Sunglasses, £10, Next.

Khaki green team really well with creams and pinks, which make it a great option for mix and match outfits – perfect for light packers.

Linen trousers are a great lightweight item for your suitcase, and ideal for when you visit certain religious sites where covering up is essential.

We love the layered tank dress from Topshop, which can be teamed with a tote bag for adventures in the day, or glammed up with a statement necklace and clutch bag for dinner and drinks after sunset.

Vibrant Hues

Spring and summer wardrobe essentials - hot tropics1. Bright Pink Vest Top, £16, River Island. 2. Yellow Striped Top, £26, River Island. 3. Bright Red Hanky Top, £25, River Island. 5. Turquoise Halterneck Swimsuit, £19.99, 6. Orange Aztec Print Swimsuit, £35, 7. Melissa Odabash Florida Yellow Bikini, £74.25, 8. Bamboo Bikini Set, £41, Next.

Vibrant blues, hot pinks, bright yellows and burning oranges are the staple colours to rock this season. Combine with neutral shades and with gold accessories to ‘pop’. Cooler skin tones will suit blues and purples, while if you have a warmer complexion, oranges and yellows are the way to go.

Usually go for monotone or dark tones? Introduce some bright accents with jewellery or handbags to carry off the trend just as easily.


Spring and summer wardrobe essentials - wraps1. White vest, £12, Dorothy Perkins. 2. Orange wrap front top, £15.99, New Look. 3. White Lace Shorts, £20, Zalando. 4. Closet Wrap Dress, £48, Simply Be. 5. Gold Metallic Sandals, £20, Accessorize. 6. Red wrap front skirt, £30, River Island.

Wrap dresses are a fabulous way to divert attention from any problem areas, and the good news is it is a key statement piece this season.

We love this white wrap dress from Simply Be, perfect for showing off that holiday glow or for covering arms from the midday heat.

With jumpsuits and dresses in fabulous brights as well as more muted hues, wraps are an essential wardrobe piece to mix and match with other trends while flattering your figure.

What are your favourite pieces this season?

Got your summer wardrobe essentials in place and ready to pack? Don’t pack a thing until you’ve had a look at our seven tips to packing for your next break.


Lover of all things travel, Lorraine can often be found whiling away hours on Pinterest (so easily done!), looking for new places to visit or new spaces she can make over at home. Throw in a good book, delicious food and wine, combined with great company, and she is a happy soul indeed!

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