5 M&S Items We're Totally Obsessed With (and How to Style Them)

When it comes to summer, we can guarantee a few things: record-breaking heatwaves, the ceremonial dusting off of the barbecue, and a covetable Marks and Spencer holiday collection even better than the year before. Whether you're looking for flattering swimwear, affordable staples, or the best-selling sandals you might have missed out on last summer, this year, the high-street hero's latest drop is full of wardrobe essentials that are perfect for the sunny season ahead. After all, this isn't just holiday clothing, this is M&S holiday clothing.

5 Pieces to Buy From Marks and Spencer's Epic Holiday Shop

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Statement-making accessories like these oversized sunnies add the finishing touches to a boho beach look.

We've scrolled through the entire site and found five key pieces in the edit that deserve your attention, whether you're packing for a holiday or simply refreshing your wardrobe. We've also created the perfect outfits to wear with each piece, so all you have to worry about is making sure you've remembered your passport.

Keep scrolling for our edit of the best pieces for your holiday wardrobe, from the perfect day-to-night dress to the linen trousers you'll wear forever—all available now at M&S.

1. The One Piece Swimsuit
Marks and Spencer's Epic Holiday Shop - Swimwear

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As far as swimwear trends go, the revival of the classic one-piece costume is one we can get behind. You needn't worry about your "beach body" for swimsuit season because "beach bodies" are, well, every body, and you deserve swimwear that looks good, fits well and makes you feel your best. And what better option than a stylishly understated monochrome swimsuit?

Swimwear as outerwear will be big this summer, so choose a print that deserves to be seen.

Layer a wide-leg trouser over your costume to seamlessly go from pool to dinner. 

Last year's best-selling sandals are set to dominate another summer.

Woven, wicker and crocheted accessories are the French-girl summer staple we're buying into this year. 

Hoop earrings are always on trend, but green beads make this pair that much more unique.

2. The Maxi Dress
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You probably fell for the "midaxi" dress last summer before you even knew it had a name, but this year the maxi reigns supreme. The universally flattering, ankle-grazing length with a relaxed, slouchy fit makes this bardot dress ideal as a cover-up when the sun sets.

Although it's also available in khaki green, we're taken with this happy shade of cherry red. 

Looking for a luxe alternative to the chunky flatform sandal? You can thank us later. 

Woven, leather-detailed, checkerboard-printed and extra large, this tote bag ticks a lot of boxes. 

Switch up familiar gold and silver jewellery with these ultra-cool resin hoops. 

3. The Printed Short-Sleeved Shirt

Echo the vibrant colours of summer with a tropical-inspired short-sleeved shirt. 

The best accompaniment to white accessories is an enviable holiday glow.

These slick cat-eye shades look so expensive, so you're getting a three-figure look at a fraction of the price.

Just as important as a carry-all tote, the mini crossbody bag is a convenient, hands-free option for when you're on the go.  

4. The Linen Trousers
Marks and Spencer's Epic Holiday Shop - Linen Trousers

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Linen is a hot-weather hero for a reason. It doesn't get easier than this light, airy fabric when the humidity hits, and a pair of linen trousers deserves a spot in your suitcase.

Fear not, petite or tall readers. These linen trousers come in three different lengths and 10 sizes to make sure you get the optimum fit.

Let's be honest: Tank tops go with everything, so we'll be wearing this with jeans, a midi skirt, wide-leg trousers, a miniskirt, shorts, etc.

We're still obsessing over bucket hats, and it looks like we've found another one to add to the collection.

Comfort is king, and there's no chance of blisters with these low heeled slip ons. 

5. The Beach Bag

If you haven't added a woven bag to your basket yet, here's another option. And if this doesn't convince you, nothing will. 

A black bikini under a white shirt is an effective, minimalistic pairing with maximum effect.

Leopard print just became the new tortoiseshell.

Simply unroll and recline on this fluffy, soft towel. You've earned it.

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