Christmas is almost upon us. For many people, the month leading up to the big day is dominated by work parties, extended family gatherings and time with friends. It doesn’t stop there either. Immediately after Christmas is New Year’s Eve, then a summer spent relaxing and partying. Finding the right outfits is only part of the equation and ensuring you’re comfortable is a big part of getting maximum enjoyment from your holidays.
We’ve made a list of the essential items you’ll need to get the most from your time in the sun.
A good bag
The great thing about summer is how a day at the beach can quickly turn into a barbecue with friends. An afternoon out shopping can become cocktails on the riverside. The hot days and long warm evenings mean that you can bring a quick change of clothes or a light jumper to cover your swimsuit and you’re ready for the evening. A good bag, with enough room to carry everything you’ll need – sunscreen, sunglasses, a good book – while not being bulky or compromising on style is an important addition to your summer arsenal.
A day to night dress
A stylish midi dress enables anyone to go from casual days to elegant evenings. Add a good pair of plus size stockings and you can make your look even more formal if you need to. Something light and flowing will take up minimal room in your bag and make sure you remain cool and relaxed as the day turns to night.
A great pair of sandals
Comfortable shoes are a must all year round, but during the heat of the summer keeping your feet cool and cared for is imperative. Investing in a pair of stylish sandals that you can wear to the beach, to the bar and long into the night will save you from having to carry a spare pair of shoes while making sure your feet won’t hate you the next day.
An elegant hat
There are hats, and then there are Hats. The former is designed to keep the sun off your face and flatten your hair to your head. The latter is capable of transforming an outfit and adding a touch of charm to whatever you’re wearing. A stylish straw hat will conjure images of sunbathing on the French Riviera, sipping champagne and soaking up the sunshine long into the evening.
A sleek pair of linen trousers
Some occasions might call for more than a light flowing dress, but that doesn’t mean you have to increase your temperature. A pair of linen trousers will provide clean lines and a sleek silhouette, giving your look a touch of formality without overdoing it. It’s still summer and that means relaxed and cool.
The right accessories
The summer sun and heat don’t mean dispensing with your jewellery entirely – you just need to be a little more discerning. With your light outfits and flowing dresses, you don’t want to be anchored with heavy necklaces and bracelets anyway. Choose a pair of statement earrings in a bright summer style or an eye-catching necklace to complement your relaxed midi dress. Whatever you choose, keep it simple and focus on choosing one perfect piece.