Wanting to escape the gloomy English winter? A break to any one of these luxury locations in Europe will give you some much-needed sun and put a great big smile on your face. The only downside is packing. Luckily we’ve done the hard work for you. Whether you’re jet-setting in St Tropez, sight-seeing in Tuscany or partying in Ibiza, look no further for your holiday wardrobe essentials…
St Tropez, Jet Set Glamour
St Tropez. Not a place for shrinking violets, (or bank balances) – the style mantra here is simple and sophisticated but extravagantly expensive. Those Gallic girls ooze an innate sex appeal yet never look like they are trying too hard. Keep it classic with pretty sundresses, delicate accessories and let’s not forget the straw hats or Breton stripes. Simple, chic separates in muted colours, completed with accents of gold jewellery are a great way to show off your style. A gorgeous (faux) tan is a must for all that bare skin on show. Pale skin + the French Riviera? No, Madame. Whether topping up your tan at the villa pool or on the yacht studded harbour panda eyes and streaky foundation is a no go, so make sure to invest in the best waterproof makeup money can buy.
The Balearics, Boho Glam
The Balearics are definitely home to some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. With Ibiza leading the way as the chief of the Balearic fashion tribe, the onus here is on loose waves and a free spirit, a la Miss Moss. Whether you are a party Island virgin or a seasoned pro we will make sure there are no boo-hoos over your boho style. Pile up the bangles, lounge around in a kaftan and hide the evidence from the night before in a big hat and oversized shades. Embrace the animal print (but steer clear of garish ‘Kat Slater-style leopard print). They say anything goes here and that’s true- as long as it’s stylish. You can flash the flesh, but keep it sexy not slutty.
Tuscany, Sexy chic
Known as one of the most fashionable destinations in the world, there’s just a wee bit of pressure when it comes to packing an Italian holiday wardrobe. But fear not because these beach beauties will have you strutting your stuff on the beach like an extra in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign. Classic one-pieces and snake print bikinis in neutral shades of grey, taupe and beige contrasted with splashes of Mediterranean colour and mahoosive shades will give you that trademark style that Italians are famous for. Remember it’s all about quality over quantity. You want classic pieces that will last you a lifetime, and who isn’t going to need a floppy hat or diamante sandals at some point in life? Make like Monica Belluci and don a slinky silk dress with some blinding gold jewellery. You’ll be oozing sex appeal faster than you can say ‘Ciao’…