In partnership with: Harvey Nichols
fficially had enough of shivering on a damp British beach? Us too. This year, we want only one thing from our summer holiday: guaranteed sunshine. But, if you’re based in the UK, the promise of hot days and balmy evenings also necessitates a holiday wardrobe – because, let’s face it, your standard London denim and knitwear is going to look a little out of place on the white sands of Miami or Mykonos.
Good news then, that Harvey Nichols’ expansive beachwear edit has got everything you need in one place. Whether you’re browsing its Knightsbridge store or prefer to peruse its selection virtually, it’s got all the swimsuits, bikinis, cover-ups and accessories any holiday could call for.
Plus, if you’re a Harvey Nichols Rewards member you’ll benefit from a vast array of personalised perks and benefits, as well as a tiered cashback scheme that means you could earn up to 5 per cent back on every single one of your Harvey Nichols sprees. You’ll earn points every time you drink, dine or shop in person, online or through the Harvey Nichols app. As well as being able to transfer these into cash rewards, you’ll grow levels within the Rewards scheme, unlocking special benefits such as discounts on fashion, free delivery, pamper hampers and dining experiences at the OXO Tower. Not yet a member? Sign up here to automatically receive a birthday gift and Early Access Pass.
So how to begin accruing these perks? By kitting yourself out in the latest must-have pieces for summer of course. We’ve got a few ideas to get you started…
There is no such thing as a ‘beach-ready body’ – there are only bodies who have yet to find their perfect bikini. Hunza G makes things easy with its range of colourful seeksucker designs offered in a single size it promises is perfect for anyone sized UK 8-16. Boyish figures, meanwhile, will delight in the curve-accentuating high waist and flattering tie detail of Matteau’s wrap triangle details (the brown looks great with a tan too) while those in need of a little extra support up top will find much to love in Melissa Odabash’s thoughtfully constructed Provence bikini rendered in this summer’s key fuschia hue.
Just like mid-length dresses, gin and kitsch interior design, the humble swimsuit has gone through quite the renaissance over the past few years, becoming the trendsetter's beachwear of choice. This is, in part, thanks to a slew of cult brands elevating one-pieces to something far chicer than the suits of yore. Again, Hunza G is one of your go-tos here, offering stylish seersucker swimsuits finished with spaghetti straps, low backs and elegant cut-outs in an array of bold primary colours. Alternatively, look to Melissa Odabash, whose deceptively minimal one-pieces offer classic silhouettes upgraded in luxe metallics.
Whether you prefer to break up a day by the pool with lunch at a seaside restaurant or drinks at a beach bar, no summer holiday wardrobe is complete without a collection of cheerfully hued cover-ups. And that doesn’t have to mean resorting to shapeless kaftans or fiddly sarongs. Inspired by their shared love of travel, Purna Khatau and Phoebe Vickers’ brand Rhode offers a line of light and breezy summer dresses with adjustable tie waists for the perfect blend of comfort and style.
Hailing from Bondi Beach, meanwhile, LMND Lemonade founder Ana Maria Escobar knows a thing or two about creating clothes primed for warm-weather living. The brand’s range of 100 per cent cotton shirts and shorts have been crafted in a pastel palette which can be mixed and matched for an endless array of envy-inducing outfits.