In our final part of Deborah Brett’s holiday special, she focuses on what to take on a Summer beach holiday with her favourite pieces from IRIS.
“What I love about Summer holidays is that you have the chance to dress like a totally different person. You can be more colourful, more feminine and show a different side of yourself to your normal day-to-day life. You should cherry pick beautiful pieces – these clothes are things to treasure over the years. They only come out for a few weeks a year so will last really well”.
“This is a perfect day dress. It’s a delicate colour with fine silver detailing, and a very simple shape so super easy to wear. It looks equally good with espadrilles or flats. You could throw it on over a bikini or head out to a restaurant. I’d wear this in London too – with a pair of Isabel Marant Dicker boots, and with a denim jacket over the top, it would work well in to the Autumn too.”
“Jumpsuits are fun, easy pieces. I have loads – mainly in black. Pop on a jumpsuit when you don’t know what else to wear – they’re comfortable and lightweight. You could wear it out during the day and smarten it up for evening. I love these flats – you can see that they’re handcrafted, they’re a bit different and they’ll set you apart from everyone else. This scarf adds a pop of colour – I love bright colours in the Summer! It’s super versatile – you could lie on it on the beach, use it as a sarong – it’s perfect to take on the plane when it can get quite chilly. I also love wrapping scarves round my bags to add colour.”
“Maxi dresses are always a holiday staple. They’re super easy to wear and take you from the beach to a dinner in town. They look effortlessly cool with flats and are great for when you are ready to show off bronzed skin. This one has a gold sparkle which gives it a Summer evening feel. The Sophie Anderson bag adds a pop of colour. I like wearing her bags in the city too – they add a touch of cool to a city look.”
Deborah…On kaftans and cover ups :
These never go out of fashion. I love picking them up in markets and finding lovely vintage ones. I also love anything with pompoms! As an alternative to the kaftan, I’ve recently moved on to wearing an oversized shirt– so clean and crisp, I love that look.
Stylist and fashion editor Deborah Brett chooses her favourite pieces from IRIS for a three-part holiday special. Get the perfect looks and hassle free packing tips in our guide to looking chic this Summer.
If I’m going on a city break, I always stick to a tight colour palette. It means you have to put more thought into the packing, but when you get there, you can go on auto-pilot because you know that everything works together. It maybe a palette of black and white, or blues, whites and denim. Take a clutch or bag that goes with everything. Keep it concise.
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I love these relaxed IRIS Drawstring pants they’re like a grown up tracksuit but perfect for travelling in. Very comfortable, but also really elegant too. And this BA&SHslouchy white tuxedo is amazing – it instantly makes the look more modern. Remember to roll up the sleeves. The Paris tee is super cute – I love a logo! With the Donchoo clutch you’re good to go.
This is a perfect go-to dress for a city break. Perfect for day with flats and a cross-body bag, and then dress it up for evening withespadrilles and a pair of gold hoop earrings. I like to stack my rings, and layer up my bracelets and necklaces. Both the dress and the bag are good sale buys as they are great trans-seasonal pieces they don’t just work in Summer, but all year round. The dress would work equally well going in to Autumn with tights, even a polo neck underneath and knee high boots for a 70s vibe. I love the Jerome Dreyfuss tote big enough to chuck everything in, light-weight and it has a shoulder strap and handle, which very useful. It would be a great bag for work too.