The Only 10 Items You Need For A Stylish Summer Holiday

From the ideal trainers to a beach-ready watch, how to have a slick summer getaway

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Judging by the number of questionably turned-out Brits that flock to the coasts of Europe and beyond every summer, packing for a sunny getaway isn't as straightforward as it may first appear.

If you're looking to deviate from baggy board shorts, baggier vests and dirty flip-flops, these are the 10 holiday essentials that will ensure you stay sharp: from the airport, to the beach, to the beach bar.

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1 |  Weekend Bag

Whether you're heading for a spontaneous city break or a week on the beach, a well-made weekend bag should be the first item on your itinerary. If you pack efficiently you can easily carry all your essentials without resorting to a dreaded wheeled suitcase. 

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Filson Tin Cloth Medium Duffle Bag, £145,

Hugo Boss Aspen Full-Grain Leather Holdall, £700,

2 | White Tennis Shoes

A summer staple for good reason. A clean, white pair of classic tennis shoes are versatile enough do all jobs for your feet on holiday. Pair them with shorts and plain white t-shirt, or dress them up with light chinos and a printed shirt.

Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit, £79.95,

Gucci Crocodile-Trimmed Leather Sneakers, £370,

3 | Chino Shorts

Simple, but so easy to get wrong. When it comes to your summer shorts, burn (and burn again) anything with more than two side pockets. Instead look for a pair in a dark, understated colour that will allow you to be resourceful with the rest of your outfit choices.

Topman, Navy, Pleated, Chino Shors, £28,

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J.Crew, Stanton Cotton-Twill Chino Shorts, £65,

4 | Sunglasses

This might be more on the obvious side, but faltering on your sunglasses selection has the potential to ruin a perfectly well thought out look. If you want to play it safe then a classic Wayfarer is still...a classic. Or you can go for something bolder like a round or gold frame.

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Ray-Ban Orginal Wayfarer, £120,

Orlebar Brown, Aviator-Style Gold-Tone Sunglasses, £200,

5 | Plain T-Shirt

Another item that should be easy to get right is the humble t-shirt. Too often Brits abroad opt for the 'fun' t-shirt covered in slogans, logos or gaudy graphics. That or the inexcusable vest. Keep it clean and creaseless in plain white, grey or navy and you've got yourself a piece that can work as well by the pool as it can at the dinner table.

H&M Basic T-Shirt, £5,

Sunspel, Riviera Staple T-Shirt, £65,

6 |  NATO Strap Watch

If you're in the market for a summer and holiday-ready watch, head for one with a NATO strap. The military-inspired fabric offers a light, durable and colourful alternative to traditonal leather or steel watch bracelets. 

Timex Expedition Scout blue, £60,

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TAG Heuer Formula 1 James Hunt Limited Edition, £1,150,

7 | Swimming Shorts

Unlike your day-to-day shorts, your poolside pair should be colourful and caution-free. Just make surer you leave the speedos to the Russians and the baggy board shorts to the Australian surfers who can get away with wearing whatever they want.

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Ralph Lauren, Hawaiian Swim Trunk, £55,

Frescobal Carioca, Copacabana Tailored Swim Short, £150,

8 | Printed Shirt

 No longer merely the uniform of the sweaty cruise ship entertainer and the dad on holiday. The printed shirt has made a stylish resurgence in the past couple of years, meaning the coast is well clear to pack one (or four) on your next trip. Keep it current with a Cuban collar and a relaxed fit.

Topman, Black And White Leaf Print Revere Collar Shirt, £30,

Polo Ralph Lauren, Camp Collar Shirt, £110,

9 | Light Chinos

If you've chosen muted shades for your shorts, then a slim, but not skinny,  pair of chinos in a light shade of tan, grey, military green or - if you're feeling particularly Miami Vice - white will round off the bottom half of your wardrobe nicely.

Uniqlo, Slim-Fit Chinos, £29.90,

Dunhill, Slim-Fit Stretch Cotton Chinos, £210,

10 | Jersey Sweatshirt

In an ideal world every second of our holiday would be spent in a state of near undress, but if you're unfortunate enough to have a couple of cooler days or nights, then a jersey sweatshirt is your bail-out. Lightweight enough to pack without fuss and versatile enough to pair with shorts or chinos. A light grey sweatshirt in brushed cotton is another must-pack staple.

Nudie Jeans, Fairtrade Cotton Sweatshirt, £65,

Givenchy, Fleece-Back Printed Cotton Sweatshirt, £455,

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