It can be all too easy to buy your holiday wardrobe in a last-minute panic—I've often been that person who buys a bikini on my lunch break mere hours before my flight. But I've learnt that in order to really feel confident on the beach, it's best to avoid that rush and buy your holiday wardrobe as soon as the best new pieces land in-store.
This month, shops are awash with sarongs, swimsuits and raffia sandals, meaning that this is the one time of the year when you'll find the best beachwear. But "beachwear" is no longer just all about bikinis and one-pieces—Net-a-Porter's Lisa Aiken notes that 60% of the beachwear sales on the site come from clothes rather than swimwear.
To save you from a pre-flight impulse shopping spree, we have broken down the eight key holiday trends for 2018 and the 32 pieces you should be buying.
1. Rainbow Stripes
If you love rainbow jumpers, you'll be happy with this trend—every item in your suitcase has been given a multicoloured treatment this summer. We're most taken by rainbow-striped swimwear.
3. Big Statement Hats
Thanks to Jacquemus, OTT straw hats are one of the most Instagrammable items you'll spot at the beach this summer—the bigger the better.
4. Woven Accessories
Last summer it was all about the beach bag, and while raffia and woven totes aren't going anywhere for 2018, the trend has also extended into footwear. Camille Charrière's Mista pumps (above) are the perfect holiday evening shoes.
5. Crochet Everything
When it comes to beachwear, everything is in crochet this summer, from bikinis to dresses to skirts.
6. Fruity Prints
This summer, many of our favourite pieces are adorned with lemons, such as the below robe from We Are Leone. (This trend is perfect for anyone heading to the Amalfi Coast!)
7. The Sarong
The sarong is officially back, thanks to designers like Jacquemus. And since this is what Bella Hadid is wearing to the beach, you know it'll quickly catch on.
8. Jewellery to the Beach
The Instagram crowd loves overaccessorizing at the beach and wearing statement jewellery with their swimwear. Warning: This trend is for those who like to stay firmly on a sun lounger rather than actually swimming.
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Opening Image: Linda Tol