Let The Sunshine In - Summer Accessories For Your Holiday Suitcase

With the first of two May bank holidays out of the way, the sunshine has arrived and dreams of summer holidays are starting to feel that little bit more real. But clothes aside, what are the other essentials to cram into your getaway suitcase?

Whether you're escaping for a city break or seaside stroll, shoes are a pretty important thing to think about as there is nothing quicker to spoil your fun than sore, swollen, blister covered feet! Online shoe brand Brantano have you covered, with a huge range of sandals and flats perfect for all sorts of holiday adventures.

Clarks Hayla Pier Flat Sandals (£47).
Caravelle Lofters Ballerina Shoes (£30).
A pair of pretty sandals will take you from day to night with the right outfit, with this timeless, classic style from Clarks designed very much with comfort in mind. They feature a moulded footbed and elevated outsole, and even have an adjustable riptape fastening for fuss free functionality. The ballerina pumps are great for slipping on and off when you want to feel the sand between your toes, with a laser cut pattern allowing your shoes to aerate. They're also perfect to throw in your bag if you want to take off your heels after a night of dancing, with the pretty diamante finish continuing to add to the glitz.

Contrast Trim Floppy Hat (£20) from JD Willians.
A floppy brimmed sun hat which channels the glamour of Audrey Hepburn is another holiday must, and I am absolutely in love with this monochrome beauty from JD Williams. I am a huge fan of straw hats, as my vintage inspired hair styles often make it difficult to sit a hat on top correctly, where straw is incredibly easy to pin in place by running a few hair grips stealthily between the woven layers. Even if it does fit properly, I find that pins are great at protecting your hat from being swept away by the wind too! Perfect for a bit of poolside glamour.

Tortoiseshell Effect Sunglasses from George (£4).
Sunglasses are the holiday item which get lost, broken and misplaced the most, but at just £4, you needn't worry with these pretty mock tortoiseshell sunglasses from George. Great for protection against sun glare and hangovers, these stylist frames evoke a little vintage vixen into whatever outfit you pair them with.

F&F Crochet Kaftan (£16).
If you're looking for a pretty poolside cover-up, then look no further than this beautiful crochet kaftan from F&F. It's a stunning item to throw over your swimwear when wanting to give your skin a break from the sun, but would also work as a long line tunic if you wanted to get more value out of your suitcase space.

2in1 Laser Cut Tote Bag from George (£16).
My last pick is this pretty laser cut bag from George which is great for throwing all of your holiday essentials in whilst you're off exploring. Even better, it comes complete with a second smaller make-up bag where you can stock your sun lotion and face essentials without them getting lost amongst everything else. I am a huge fan of large bags, and this one comes complete with inner pockets and a magnetic popper fastener.

What are your holiday essentials? Don't forget to tell me in the comments!

Until next time,


  1. I can't believe summer is here already tbh! Given how wretched the weather's been I'm totally unprepared and had to dive into Accessorize the other day for some new shades (although you can never have too many). That kaftan though! x

    1. Haha - I know the feeling! I dressed for a weekend trip to the seaside like it was November, and was pleasantly surprised! :) x

  2. I am absolutely desperate for a wide brimmed floppy hat like that but I have such a big head I can't find one to fit, totally a summer must!

    1. I share your big head pain! (It's because we have big brains, and big hair!) Honestly, I've given up trying to find one which fits and just pin them into my hair and it works a treat. :) x


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