How to Cover Up on Holiday This Summer

From cool kaftans to beach-ready accessories, AISLINN COFFEY shares everything you need for holiday dressing this season …

Pippa Holt wears one of her own designs on holiday.

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.

Stripe dress, Rosie for Autograph, €75, at Marks & Spencer. Red Dandy stripe silk dress, €279; Prowling leopard print silk dress, €300; both


White and pink embroidered cotton kaftan, £240stg; Hat, Lack of Colour, €110; White lace-insert kaftan, Rosie for Autograph, €54, at Marks & Spencer. Flip flops, €60; Geometric-print satin kaftan, Self Portrait, €310; 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; Hat, €210; 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; Hat, €375; White cotton kaftan, €69.42; Sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals, €155; at Brown Thomas.

Aislinn Coffey

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