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Summer Holiday Must Haves

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A citrus motifs bathing suit from Stella McCartney's first full line of swimwear.

By Jessica Michault

It’s that time of the year again when you need to start packing your bags to get ready to head to the beach, stake out a chaise lounge by the infinity pool or prep for your week of spa treatments. To look your best from the spa to the pool deck, we’ve spotted some essential items that will fit nicely into your carry-on.

If there is one must have item for summer, it’s a swimsuit. And if there’s one fashion designer who seems to understand the wants and needs of women around the world like no other it is Stella McCartney. With her first complete swimwear collection debuting this summer, your look will make a splash in this citrus-print one-piece or the trompe l’oeil sporty suit that will give the wearer curves in all the right places.


For the past few months the only pair of sunglasses any fashionista covering the shows in Europe would be caught dead in were the new Fendi Eyeshine shades. Their totally unique shape, which brings to mind the eyes of an alert owl, makes them instantly identifiable. Also the gold reflective lenses are right on trend. These are seriously high fashion sunnies, which can’t be mistaken for anything other than a Fendi creation.

Sandals and wedges might give a girl a bit of height, but the true summer footwear friend for women is the espadrille. They have, over the past couple of seasons, become the must-have shoes for the warm weather months. The fashion brand that kicked off the recent return of this style was Valentino, and it is still the go-to label for some of the best, and most varied, versions of this chic summer staple.

Nothing says vacation more then a straw basket tote. And Anya Hindmarch has just the right one for this summer. It has the practicality of being both deep and wide enough to carry all the vacation day fundamentals to the beach or pool side, but it still maintains a sense of playfulness. A bag with a winking emoji is pretty much the personification of the perfect holiday accessory.

Leading the pack in the summer cover-up department are colorful caftans. Calypso St. Barth has quite a wide selection to choose from but we have a particular fondness for its bright and stripy Keya Hand Block prinked silk caftan. It has a bold boho appeal with its hot pink base color and hand block printed stripe design that incorporate ancient artisanal techniques used throughout India to give it a handicraft allure.


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