9 must-have pieces for your vacation wardrobe

26 July 2022
By Fashion Quarterly

From floral patterns to oversized shirts, here are the 9 essential pieces every summer holiday should include.

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With overseas travel back on the cards, many of us are eagerly anticipating our next getaway to a faraway, warmer clime. But for those of us who haven’t been overseas for the past couple of years, knowing what to bring can be a conundrum. To take the guesswork out of holiday dressing, here are nine versatile styles to take on your destination with style and ease.

Scroll on for FQ’s 9 holiday wardrobe essentials:

1. Pretty prints

Brighten up your travels with a flirty floral or geometric print. A relaxed fit is a must, and dress your chosen pattern up or down with sandals or sneakers. 

Alémais ‘Loretta’ dress, $516.

Summery Copenhagen ‘Gina’ dress, $349, from Superette. 

2. Sure shirting

You can’t go wrong with oversized cotton shirting in every colour of the rainbow. Wear over a bikini top and linen pants and tailor your look with a scarf or belt around the waist.

Faithfull the Brand ‘Vega’ shirt dress, $219, from Superette. 

Glassons oversized cotton shirt, $39.99. 

3. Bathe away

Swimsuits are for every body, and whether you opt for a one or two-piece number, there’s fun silhouettes and detailing aplenty to make a serious style statement in the water. 

Zimmermann ‘Violet’ bikini, $278.25. 

Maygel Coronel ‘Danae’ ruffled swimsuit, $448, from MatchesFashion. 

4. Raffia ready

Raffia, wicker, macrame, and straw accessories are en vogue, and there’s no better way to incorporate one into your look than on your travels. Doubling as a practical everyday or beach bag, you’ll switch to holiday mode in no time at all.

Aje Heritage Market bag, $340.

Prada straw tote bag, $2794, from Farfetch. 

5. Linen leisure

Reach for cooling, breathable linen to trek around your choice of city or as a throw over for beachtime lounging. When it comes to nighttime, elevate your look with heeled sandals and gold accessories.

Assembly Label ‘Anya’ linen pants, $110.

Ulla Johnson ‘Corianne’ crochet-trimmed mini dress, $1095, from Net-A-Porter. 

6. Slide away

Ditch the winter boots and show off your fresh pedicure with a pair of luxury slides and a print dress for long lunches and magical nights watching the sunset.

Bottega Veneta padded quilted-leather slides, $1025, from MatchesFashion. 

Gucci ‘Interlocking G’ slide sandal, $990.

7. Hero hats

Don’t forget to shield your visage from the sun with a chic hat — we’re currently enamoured by colourful bucket styles to pair with funky shades for a jazzy vibe.

Jacquemus ‘Le Bob Artichaut’ cotton bucket hat, $225, from Mode Operandi.

Ganni crochet hat, $198, from Workshop.

8. Sweet sunnies

A sleek pair of shades will finesse your holiday outfits and perfect your Insta-worthy snaps. We’re embracing edgy silhouettes like rimless glasses, but when in doubt, we’ll be reaching for a timeless, cute classic like the cateye.

Bailey Nelson ‘Evie’ sunglasses, $175.

Gucci frameless sunglasses, $780.

9. Casual cashmere

When embarking on a long-haul trip, comfort is crucial to combat the chilly cabin air and restrictive seating. Reach for the softest, finest cashmere for a little luxury and warmth.

Elle + Riley ‘Monroe’ v-neck sweater, $498.

Marle ‘Santi’ jumper, $600.


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