I'm Counting Down to Summer Holidays—This Is My Ultimate Packing List

With sunshine desperately peeking through the grey days, it won't be long before we're packing up our suitcases for summer holidays. And as someone who loves a plan, I've already begun thinking of what I'll be wearing on rotation as soon as summer officially arrives. There's so much to look forward to (e.g. weddings and garden parties), but right now, I'm honing in on holidays. Those out-of-office days in tropical locations or along the British coastline call for dresses thrown over beachwear and raffia accessories in all forms. And when building out the outfits I'll be packing in my suitcase this summer, I naturally turned to NET-A-PORTER.

Model wears a Pucci dress


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NET-A-PORTER's collection of heritage designers and new brands is the easiest way to explore a variety of styles in one place (and to receive one simple delivery). For summer 2023, there are so many brilliant offerings that narrowing down my edit was a task in itself. But I've ticked off all the bases that you'll rely on year after year and loads of standout styles that are just too good to miss.

I've often felt that summer is the most fun time of year to get dressed. Forget the clever layering that's required in all other seasons. Summer holidays are when single pieces take centre stage, when a dress can be thrown on without the consideration of tights and a coat and a great pair of shorts can be worn with a rotation of tops for weeks on end. Plus, these styles will work well beyond your holidays—the pretty dresses are perfectly positioned to be your next wedding guest looks, the sweet blouses pair well with jeans through autumn and winter, and the summer sandals will remain staples year after year.

Model wears a cut out swimsuit with floral motif


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The ease of summer dressing allows us to spend less time thinking about the composition of various elements and lean heavily into what fashion is all about: joy. The joy of getting dressed can come in various forms from playful prints and dopamine-inducing colours to simple, minimalist looks that embody our personal styles. All is joyful, and NET-A-PORTER's holiday edit encompasses it all.

Now it's time to explore the summer offerings from NET-A-PORTER.