Packing for a holiday always throws up an impressive selection of dilemmas. What if it rains? How many books will I get through, really? Do we actually need the factor 50 sunscreen? There's always a lot to consider, but the biggest cause for indecision usually ends up being which clothes to take.
However sensibly you draw up your lists of events, weather conditions, and planning for emergencies, you still end up feeling like you've definitely forgotten something particularly fashionable or important. So, if you need a reminder of the real holiday essentials, check out this list of top buys for effortless style in the sun.
In hot weather, a good pair of linen trousers can't be beaten for style and comfort. As a natural fibre, linen allows air to circulate, keeping you cool and chic even in humid climates. A stylish light cotton shirt and some elegant black flip-flops are all you need to complete the ensemble. The simplicity makes this outfit easy to wear on the beach, out shopping, or even for an al fresco dinner.
2013 fashion is big on bold prints, so look out for maxi-dresses with interesting, quirky fabrics to nail that trend. Maxi-dresses are all about effortless glamour, so when you're shopping, keep an eye out for designs you can wear with minimal makeup, simple jewellery and just-off-the-beach hair. Team with a pair of strappy wedges - between sandy beaches, cobbled streets and boardwalks, most holiday locations make stiletto heels just so not worth it.
Swimsuits are one of the hardest things to buy for a holiday, so once you've found a style that suits, stick with it! Whether you're into itsy-bitsy bikinis or retro one-pieces, feeling confident is by far the most important thing. Finally, and often overlooked in swimwear panic, how about a bag to set off your outfit? Go for low-maintenance fabrics to avoid panicking over sand and spills - a canvas tote or classic straw shoulder bag is ideal. Make sure it's big enough to carry sun cream, your towel and all your favourite beach reads, throw on some oversized sunglasses, and you're all ready to jet off to the tropics.