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Holiday style sorted

Summer travels looming and nothing to wear? Be inspired by these favourites from the wardrobes of Surrey's top buyers and stylists

‘Holiday! Celebrate!’ Madonna once urged us. But as the summer break approaches you may be feeling less of the celebration and more of the panic at what should go in your suitcase.

Aaargh! Don’t know where to start? We feel your pain. So in our search for some holiday fashion inspiration, we asked the owners of Surrey’s top women’s boutiques and two brilliant fashion stylists to tell us what they wouldn’t leave home without.

 

COOL & CLASSY

Giselle sheer long dress from Australian label One Season is available from Courtyard in Guildford (on sale for £98)

Julia Jaconelli, Courtyard, Guildford: “This is my favourite piece that I took to Skiathos in Greece with me a couple of weeks ago. It’s an effortless long dress with tonal embroidery detail cut to a loose, relaxed silhouette with a scooped, stepped hem. It’s brilliant to take on holidays because it’s so versatile. I wore it over swimwear, as a dress for lunch and in the evening with a slip under it.”

 

FUN & FLIRTY

Colourful Rebel Muse T-Shirt, £39 at Quattro Rish in Reigate

Ivy, Quattro Rish, Reigate: “This is the ultimate summer tee. Fun and colourful, it will jazz up any floral skirt, or you can pair it with shorts or white denim for a relaxed look. It also makes an easy evening outfit when worn with black skinnies and high heels.”

 

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Lauren T-Bar Trim sandal in pewter from Russell & Bromley, £89.50

Kirstie Smillie, fashion stylist: “I love these sandals. The perfect metallic shade goes with anything and the T-bar style is far more flattering than an ankle strap, and I love the high shine discs for subtle sparkle. They are prettier than a FitFlop and are surprising comfortable as the sole bends and the little heel adds some support. They’re not for all day sight seeing but are ideal for holiday lunch time drinks and evening cocktails. I actually bought my pair last year and am now considering another as they have been worn to death with long maxi dresses and knee length skirts… and bright toe nails, obviously.”
LIFE’S A BEACH

Pitusa Inca sundress in watermelon, made in Peru made using locally sourced materials to support artisans and their communities. It’s available from The Gate Boutique in Guildford for £120

Liz Trendle, The Gate Boutique, Guildford and Catwalk, Godalming: “My must-have holiday piece is this soft cotton maxi dress from Peruvian-inspired brand, Pitusa. It’s easy to wear and comes in a range of beautiful sherbet colours. And it can be dressed up with wedges or simply worn over a swimsuit for poolside glamour plus it has a very affordable price tag too!”

 

VINTAGE COOL

Vintage Boden beach dress, available from Now It’s All About Me pre-loved clothing events. The next event is on Wednesday 26 July at The Old Oak in Meadvale, Reigate

Clare Percival, stylist and lifestyle coach, Now It’s All About Me: “I do love a holiday, who doesn’t? My perfect location is where I lived many years ago in Greece, but I am keeping the village a secret! What would I take with me? In keeping with the style of the place, my vibe (horizontal) and mood (cocktail o’clock) it can only mean one thing: anything that is a stylish beach to bar kaftan or beach dress. My favourite is a preloved beach dress, originally from Boden. I made some alterations to the sleeves to give them an edgy look and I fell in love with the Neopolitan ice-cream colours.”

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