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Fish and chips, blustery beaches, a ’99 ice-cream – you can’t beat summertime on the British coast. When it comes to style by the sea, we’ve got you covered, from comfy linen dresses to the oh-so-necessary mac

Love at first sight

Even changeable British weather demands a great pair of sunnies, and this bold and beautiful pair will catch eyes for all the right reasons. As well as making a statement, these shades – available in two colours – have 100% UV protection to shield your eyes from the sun, just like all M&S sunglasses.

Shades this way


Cute frames with ombre lenses
Try the tortoiseshell trend
Rimless sunnies for a modern fix
It’s all about the drama, darling

Stylish simplicity

The beauty of summer dressing is being able to leave the house without endless layers: on hot days, all you need to do is chuck on a simple dress with some gorgeous accessories and voila, you’re done. This white button-down dress is perfect, with an uncomplicated, flattering shape made from breathable linen. Dress it up with sunshine-ready accessories, from statement sandals to your jazziest jewellery.

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Buckle up these leather gladiators
A classic fedora is a holiday must
Step out in leopard-print style
Made from sustainable woven straw

Tee spree

Now is the time of year to stock up on great quality T-shirts. Wear them with shorts and skirts for summer, before layering under knitwear come winter. From relaxed to slim-fit options, there are plenty to choose from, including slogan tees, which are a big trend this year.

Buy the T-shirt


Be a star (in French, at least)
A purrrfect print for summer
Hint at your next holiday destination
A wardrobe basic to wear on repeat

Destination denim

If ever there was a time of year to get more playful with your jeans, it’s the optimistic summer months. Give your blue skinnies a break in favour of daring shapes and colours – a pale-pink pair looks great with a simple cami or T-shirt.

Shop pink jeans


Team blue skies with white denim
Swap skinnies for boyfriend jeans
Don’t miss this rose-tinted option
Take a walk on the wide side

Smart swimwear

It’s a given you want swimwear that looks great on holiday – from sleek shapes to tropical prints, there are myriad options – but M&S swimwear has the added bonus of smart technology, including slimming panels and chlorine-resistant fabrics. If you’re holidaying in the UK, it’s worth packing your parka too – this lightweight, animal-print option is made from 50% recycled fabric from plastic bottles!

Shop the bikini


Rosie for Autograph’s exotic prints
Hidden tech for a smooth silhouette
Go wild for the matching bottoms, too
A modern twist on classic glamour

Top marks

An easy, breezy linen blouse will be your holiday staple – it looks great tucked into midi skirts or worn loose over shorts and jeans. This one features on-trend tortoiseshell buttons and is available in five colours. If you’re heading to the UK seaside, don’t forget to pack a lightweight jacket too – a classic trench will prove its worth all year round.

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We love the tie-front detail
Bring the sunshine in bright yellow
A subtle stripe and pretty buttons
This is the cutest cami around

The short of it

You can’t go wrong with a pair of loose, comfy shorts on holiday, and this pair are extra flattering thanks to a belt you can tie to highlight your waist, while the rest of the fabric skims (but doesn’t cling to) your legs. Team with a cute cashmere knit. They’re not just for winter – a short-sleeved version of M&S’s classic crew-neck is a surprisingly versatile piece in your wardrobe.

Snap up the shorts


Sleek city shorts from Autograph
Embrace the deckchair stripe
Try this flattering pair for size
Belt up for a day at the beach

Words: Sophie Hines / Images: Alex Bramall / Styling: Vickie Keeble / Make-up: Anita Keeling
Hair: Luke Benson / Model: Charlotte Wiggins

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