SImplicitly styled with jeans, shorts, maxis or miniskirts, as a beach cover-up, thrown over a bathing suit or bikini, blouses are easy to wear and work in multiple scenarios. Choose from the tiny florals: Tabitha Webb’s retro western-style flower looks great with white jeans (below), or play it up with Leon and Harper’s pineapple print (1, below) paired with a colorful shorts. Urban Outfitters’ Gracie Printed Boxy Shirt (£32) has a playful sun-washed design. If you’re feeling daring, stand out with an abstract print like the one from Never Fully Dressed (2, above, available to rent from byrotation.com) or Casablanca’s tropical print from my dressinghq.com (£12 per day). Renting a signature piece for the holidays is an eco-friendly way to refresh your wardrobe.
You can also opt for a classic summer look of a repeating floral print: see Susie Lau’s lily print (left), worn with shorts and gladiator sandals. Shop an oversized style for a relaxed fit. Maeve’s classic surf shirt (£80) from Anthropologie looks great tucked into a cropped denim skirt or worn open over a bikini. Mango’s geometric print Committed collection using sustainably sourced cotton (£25.99) is available in a long length, instantly transforming it into a poolside blanket, or head to your vintage and charity shops premises for a one-of-a-kind printed treasure. When it comes to vacation packing, crepe fabrics roll easily in your suitcase and stay mostly wrinkle-free. Silk styles can be revived by hanging them in a humid bathroom and then blowing them out with the hair dryer. And don’t forget you can dress up the look with tailored pants, a blazer and heels for a stylish event any time of the year.
The model wears retro floral £295, tabithawebb.co.uk
1. Curries £139, Leon and Harper, featherandstitch.com
2. Summary rent from £19 for 3 days, never fully dressed, byrotation.com
3. Friend £148.59, Doen, net-a-porter.com
4. Rainbow £29.99, zara.com
5 stars £250, lisou.co.uk
6. Corinne £118, fenwick.co.uk
7. Flowers £36, riverisland.com
8. Daisy £79, mintvelvet.co.uk
9. Fruitelle £155, rixo.co.uk
10. Mary £190, Isabel Marant Etoil, e harveynichols.com