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THIS SUMMER’S
SMARTEST
BEACHWEAR

When space is tight, pack confidence-boosting cover-ups and swimwear that will multi-task all the way through your holiday

The swimsuit with a secret

The ruching on this beautifully cut swimsuit () is not just for show – it’s meshed with super-clever secret support technology that will hold your tummy in all day long. Team it with baggy denim shorts, layers of gold necklaces and strappy sandals and you’ve got an outfit that takes you seamlessly from beach walk to impromptu swim.

The all-day dress to dazzle

Sometimes those late-evening rays as the sun dips beneath the horizon are just too tempting to miss. No need to go home and change – this cute little denim dress () is the ultimate transformer, looking just as good after the sun goes down as it does on a beach by day. Glam it up in seconds with a woven belt and huge, dangly earrings.

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The throw-on-and-go kimono

We’ve all been there – you can’t quite summon up the energy to get properly dressed, but you don’t want to go to the beach bar half-naked. This easy-breezy kimono top () is a great solution; pull it on over a bikini and you’re good to go in seconds. It also doubles up as a smart jacket, belted over a white vest top and a pair of jeans with pom-pom sandals for evenings eating al fresco.

The boho suitcase saviour

This super-light kaftan () rolls up almost into nothingness in a corner of your luggage, but packs a serious punch when it comes to versatility. It’s perfect as a bikini cover-up when the sun reaches its peak, but just add a pair of denim shorts and you’re good to go sightseeing, lunching or jaunting on a yacht (hey, we can dream).

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The classic white shirt

If there’s one thing no canny packer should be without, it’s a perfectly cut, crisp white linen shirt (). Wear open over a swimsuit on the way to the beach bar, then float down to dinner with it thrown nonchalantly over a sundress. It also comes in navy and light blue – we’d recommend taking them all.

The beach-worthy Breton

Don’t just think of your trusty Breton as part of a travelling outfit. It’ll look super-chic with a mismatched bikini, gold accessories and white sand between your toes. Buy one size larger than you usually would for maximum relaxed cool (as well as post-long-lunch forgivingness).

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Photographer: Chris Craymer / Stylist: Chloe Forde / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke
Make-up artist: Silver Bramham / Model: Michelle Buswell

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