I'm a Shopping Expert, and These Are the 22 Things I Want for My Summer Holidays

I just booked a flight to the beach for August, and ever since the Easyjet confirmation hit my inbox, I've been unable to stop thinking about holiday shopping. May is the time of year where many shops will really focus on beachwear—bikinis, sunglasses and summer dresses are available, and it's best to snap them up before school summer holidays when stock is quickly depleted. This year, I vowed to not leave bikini shopping to my lunch break the day before I fly.

Seeing as I'm flying with a carryon and can't possibly afford everything on this dream wish list, I'm sharing it with you in case you've also just booked a flight. The things that have really caught my eye this month are a vibrant floral maxi dress by ASOS, a David Hockney–blue shell print swimsuit and a bright pink triangle bikini by Arket. As for accessories, TL-180 has a beautiful raffia shoulder bag, and I'm after some pretty printed scrunchies, and & Other Stories has heaps of them.

Holiday shopping picks: Emma Spedding


Emma Spedding

Keep scrolling to shop the 22 holiday pieces I wish I could buy.

Mulberry's sunglasses are seriously good. 

This also comes with matching shorts. 

& Other Stories is one of my favourite places on the high street for quality swimwear.

When it comes to sandals this year, the general rule is the more straps the better. 

I've been after a Loewe basket for over a year.

I'd wear this in the office too. 

As someone who burns easily, cover-ups are an important purchase for me. 

How good is this colour?

A linen dress is a summer essential. 

This would look great with a black swimsuit. 

Dôen's floral dresses are selling like Marks & Spencer tinnies in a heatwave. 

The ankle strap makes these more comfortable. 

See our guide to the complete summer capsule.

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