From a lightweight linen dress to wide-leg jeans: these are the key pieces to pack for your vacation, whether you’re sunbathing or sightseeing

A lovely linen dress

The beauty of hot-weather dressing is being able to leave the house without endless layers: all you need to do is chuck on a simple dress with some gorgeous accessories and voila, you’re done. A white button-down style 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.

The oh-so-comfy sandals

Speaking of sandals, no capsule collection is complete without a pair. Whether you go for a sparkling standout heeled style for evening (crafted with our clever Insolia technology so you can walk around all day in comfort), or versatile flats for the beach, consider chic sandals the must-buy shoes of the season.

The summer-ready 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 coloured denim and daring shapes – we love pastel shades and wide-leg styles. They look great with a simple cami or T-shirt.

The versatile vest

Stick with us here: because one of our favourite pieces for summer has to be a lightweight vest top. Available in our four fabulous shapes (fitted, regular, relaxed and straight), a rainbow of colours and prints, and a huge array of fabrics from silk to cotton, there really is no reason not to invest in a vest. Our top pick? This pure cotton button-detail style.

The stylish swimwear

It’s a given you want swimwear that looks great on vacation – from sleek shapes to tropical prints, there are myriad options – but M&S swimwear has the added bonus of smart technology, including slimming swimsuits and chlorine-resistant fabrics.

The just-in-case jacket

Summer is most definitely all about the sunshine, but it’s good to be ready for a show, just in case. Don’t let a little drizzle dampen your sunny fashion outlook: enter the lightweight rain mac. Layer over your favourite swimsuit or simply chuck it in your purse to have on hand during the day. This animal-print option is made using 50% recycled fabric from plastic bottles.

The easy-breezy top

An effortless linen blouse is a true summer style 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.

The iconic trench

A classic trench will prove its worth all year round, so make our double-breasted favourite your go-to. It’s so loved by our customers that one of you even said: “Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn would be proud.” Choose from seven colours, or grab them all and create your own rainbow in the rain.

The stay-cool shorts

You can’t go wrong with a pair of loose, comfy shorts in summer, and these ones in cool khaki 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.

The cashmere crew neck

Guess what? cashmere knits are not just for winter. A short-sleeved version of our classic crew neck is a surprisingly versatile piece in your closet, whether you team it with cotton shorts or slip over a midi dress.

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



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