We all want to look fabulous while away on a summer break, without having to cart around our entire wardrobe! You need easy-to-wear pieces that you can mix and match, and dress up or down. Our fashion editor has compiled a great list of key pieces that will do just that. All you’ll need to spruce it up is to add your favourite accessories.
The Shirt Dress
A shirt dress is perfectly versatile – make it go the distance by using it as a layering piece. It is great as a top over pants with a few buttons undone, or as a third layer over jeans and a T-shirt.
The One-Piece Swimsuit
A flattering swimsuit is hard to come by, but these picks will do wonders! Get more mileage out of yours and wear it as a bodysuit when you want a fresh take.
The Longer-Length Denim Shorts
Denim shorts are a summer must-have – ideal if you want to cover up on beach days or for a casual day lazing about. A longer-length version will give you more coverage and keep you confident.
R379, 32 to 46, H&M
The Lightweight Shirt
The lightweight shirt is perfect with just about any bottom, layered or not, this workhorse is also great paired with your swimsuit as a make-shift kimono!
The Loose Pants
Stay comfortable in no-fuss pants. A flattering high waist or tie detail will nip in your waist! Go for an ankle length or something that just hits the floor and you will be able to wear it with any shoe.
Brave the heat and avoid tan lines with a flowy off-the-shoulder top. It’s a win-win!
Mix it up with a patterned piece. A strappy camisole is a keeper!
The Easy Dress
A loose but luxe dress will save the day every time! Go for a knee-length boxy cut or a maxi wrap dress – a quick change of shoes takes it from day to night.
The Basic T-Shirt
Whether it’s a simple white tee or a printed one, you have to pack a t-shirt. It works with everything.
R299, X to X, Zara
R129, XXS to XL, H&M
The Boyfriend Jeans
This list would be incomplete without a comfortable pair of boyfriend jeans. It is your airport go-to and your movie night staple.
R999, 25 to 30, Levi’s
R579, 34 to 44, Zara
The Midi Skirt
The midi skirt should be everyone’s favourite – it shows just enough leg without compromising on comfort or sass. Extra points if it has a stretch waistband.
R169, 32 to 44, Ackermans
The Denim Jacket
Don’t go anywhere without your denim jacket; it’s the key summer piece. Rainy days, cool nights… or just for a stylish touch, this is a wardrobe essential.
When it comes to your vacation style, you don’t need to pack them all. Pack a pair of slip-on leather flats, glam block heels and neutral sneakers.
R1 599, Adidas
The Straw Bag
R2 890, Sunglass Hut
R1 950, Cluse
When you need a light layer or a trendy head wrap…
By Fashion Editor, Nastassja Petersen