Forget fad diets and extreme beauty treatments, when it comes to holiday preparations, your wardrobe should come first. You can cover a multitude with some pretty cover-ups. Start with the basics: a white cotton or linen embroidered dress (it doesn’t need to be short-sleeved: when it comes to sleeves, the bigger the better in hot weather). A button-through sun dress, layered over your bikini, will take you straight from poolside to local market. A full-length kaftan is a must and has the added advantage of hiding a multitude. Focus on great accessories (the high street excels). Ditch the pom poms.
Above: Stripe dress, Rosie for Autograph, €75, at Marks & Spencer. Red Dandy stripe silk dress, €279; Prowling leopard print silk dress, €300; both www.yolke.co.uk.
White and pink embroidered cotton kaftan, £240stg; www.raefeather.com. Hat, Lack of Colour, €110; www.lackofcolour.com. White lace-insert kaftan, Rosie for Autograph, €54, at Marks & Spencer. Flip flops, €60; www.net-a-porter.com. Geometric-print satin kaftan, Self Portrait, €310; www.self-portrait-studio.com. Hat, €25.95, at Zara.
White and blue embroidered kaftan, Melissa Odabash, €339, at Seagreen. Sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals, €160, at Brown Thomas. Awning stripe embroidered linen-gauze kaftan, €199; www.toryburch.eu. Hat, €210; www.rag-bone.com. White and coral Grace embroidered cotton kaftan, €85, at Monsoon. Espadrilles, €150, at LK Bennett, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 18.
Stripe Tia cotton-gauze kaftan, SU Paris, €375; www.net-a-porter.com. Hat, €375; www.eugeniakim.com. White cotton kaftan, €69.42; www.thewhitecompany.com. Sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals, €155; at Brown Thomas.
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