Every week, there seems to be a new swimwear or beachwear brand that is making us toy with the idea of dropping a couple of hundred pounds on one swimsuit. But flights, accommodation and tapas can be expensive enough, let alone when you factor in the fact that you haven't bought a bikini in two years and don't own any acceptable beach cover-ups. Thankfully, the high street has really upped its beachwear game this summer.
We have put together the perfect capsule packing list for every type of trip so you can spend more time searching for the best Aperol Spritz in town. When packing you want interchangeable pieces that are easy to wear, and that won't turn into a crumpled mess at the bottom of your suitcase. The ultimate holiday packing list includes a pair of walkable sandals, T-shirts, sunglasses, sunhats and throw-on dresses. But you don't just need to lean on basics and a neutral colour palette, as you can also add in neon, standout bikinis and tie-dye into a holiday capsule so long as you think of what they will go with.
Scroll below to see our shopping list to get a whole new holiday wardrobe on the high street, for both city breaks and trips to the beach. We've found amazing sunglasses, swimwear and more from the likes of Topshop, Arket and ASOS…
For a city break, you want to pack sandals or trainers you can walk 15,000 steps in and dresses that will take you from sights to rooftop bars. The below ten pieces will all mix and match together. The Arket cotton jacket is perfect for cooler nights and the ASOS checked midi dress is light enough to fit in the smallest carry-on bag.
Often, it's assumed that a capsule wardrobe needs to be a set of versatile basics that all blend together, but the 10 items below are colourful and loud yet can all still be worn together. If you want a fun holiday look, you can't go wrong with the neon and tie-dye pieces below.