Five go-to holiday pieces for women

These travel-friendly and stylish pieces will make a splash by the pool, at the beach – or in the city

Valle+Vik The Prim One dress, from £395
Valle+Vik The Prim One dress, from £395

The dress

Globe-traversing model and artist Silje Vallevik knows a thing or two about stylish dressing on the go; it’s what inspired the Norwegian-born, London-based painter-turned-designer to launch a fashion brand, Valle+Vik. Her range of silk dresses, which travel well, fuse flattering shapes with vibrant shades and Vallevik’s own prints. Cue The Prim One (from £395), which comes in a William Morris-eque floral, as well as a bolder lace-like yellow – and has a not-so-prim-after-all split up the side. Vallevik also knows the power of simple, statement-making shapes in one stunning shade. The long, draping dress (from £395) she calls The Cannes Do is available in a host of colours, from black to sunshine yellow, its low back and silk-satin-crepe bias cut lending a glamorous French Riviera feel while still maintaining supreme suitcase-friendliness. valleandvik.com. MING LIU

Febronie beach fouta, £35
Febronie beach fouta, £35
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The towel

Handmade in Tunisia on traditional looms, a “beach fouta” (£35) has the crisp coolness of a raw-cotton sheet and the soft absorbency of a luxurious towel. Even at the standard size of 1m x 2m, it has the advantage of occupying virtually no space in your luggage. These designs are, of course, available all over north Africa, but Febronie in the UK has a wide selection in everything from turquoise to a restrained eau de nil. They are nothing if not adaptable, making the perfect beach blanket or an elegant cloth for a picnic tablefebronie.com. PAUL RICHARDSON

Lelloue Leopardisation Dolce Vita one-piece swimsuit, €276
Lelloue Leopardisation Dolce Vita one-piece swimsuit, €276
Vuarnet Pilot aviators in amber with blue polar lenses, $380, from the Edge Collection
Vuarnet Pilot aviators in amber with blue polar lenses, $380, from the Edge Collection | Image: Connan Schilling

The swimwear

Rather than stocking a disparate range of designers, Lelloue focuses on its founders’ very particular version of holiday glamour, which is not, as Amy Molyneaux, former creative director and co-owner of British womenswear label PPQ, points out “for shrinking violets” but is high-octane and uninhibited in a style familiar from her PPQ days. This one-stop vacation shop offers swimwear and coordinating cover-ups that are sophisticated, elegant and impact-making. “We work on the same classic themes each season [with lighthearted names like Leopardisation or Love Lace],” she says, “but we do completely new collections each time, with pieces going from beach to bar.” Leopardisation, for example, is redolent of 1990s Miami poolside chic and includes the glamorous Dolce Vita one-piece (€276) in brown, tan and white leopard print. lelloue.com. AVRIL GROOM

Stelar Madura string basket bag, £245
Stelar Madura string basket bag, £245
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The shades

The first time I visited Los Angeles, as a student, I was on a mission: to find the Vuarnet outlet store. It was the late 1980s and the classic French eyewear brand was experiencing a surge in popularity for its oversized, mirrored 02 frames. Flash forward a few decades and the brand entered my life again when I met a friend wearing decidedly chic sunglasses that turned out to be Vuarnet: the Pilot aviators (from $340) from the Edge Collection, designed by Christophe Pillet, who I knew as a designer of interiors. I was smitten – and mine are now number one in my rotation. The point of difference? Vuarnet’s lenses are glass, so I can throw them in my bag with my keys and they will not scratch. Furthermore, they’re light, and the rims of the Edge Pilot are slightly thicker around the eye area, giving added protection from the sun, in addition to 100 per cent UV protection and over 90 per cent infra-red protection. vuarnet.com RIMA SUQI

The bag

Scottish-born Lorna Watson, the former creative director at Astley Clarke who has also worked for Dior and De Beers, now lives between Bali and London. In 2017 she launched a range of bags, many of which are woven in a Balinese-grown vine called ata grass. The contemporary designs use the fibre in its natural shade, as well as dyed black. Combined with a cotton-canvas lining, sailing-rope handles and gold-plated brass hardware, the larger Maluku (£245) design has a distinctly nautical vibe that’s perfect for holidays. The most versatile bag of all is the two-in-one Madura string bag (£245), which is part string shopper, part woven tote – and brilliant for a beach break. thisisstelar.com ELISA ANNISS

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