Beach babe: Log on, check out and have a stress-free start to your holiday

Beach babe: Log on, check out and have a stress-free start to your holiday

Fretting about doing your holiday shop with the summer sales in full swing? Who needs the hassle?

Don’t waste your time rummaging through sale stock trying to find a matching bikini; our pick of the high street’s freshest mid-season drops will have you hitting the beach in style. Log on, check out, your holiday starts here. Carolyn Moore reports.

Play time

For cover-up options, think beyond the dress! For the ultimate in ease, just pull up this broderie bandeau playsuit and go!

€22.99, newlook.com

Let it slide

The best beach sandals pull double duty for strolls around town or drinks at the bar, like these Budapest leather slides with raffia stitching.

€39.90, accessorize.co.uk

In the zone

Shopping from your sofa is he perfect way to get into the holiday mood, and this batik cheesecloth sundress by Lipsy is the perfect summer buy!

€44, next.ie

Beach babe: Log on, check out and have a stress-free start to your holiday

Totally tropical

Pull on a maxi skirt with this retro rouched swimsuit and you’re cocktail ready! Better yet, it’s an online exclusive.

€39.99, mango.com

Exchange rate

Take advantage of favourable sterling rates and snap up a bikini online.

With supportive boning in the top and a flattering fold-down waist, Gwen is a good buy.

€46, monsoon.co.uk

Frill seeker

If you can’t add some whimsy to your holiday wardrobe, when can you?

This ditsy floral bikini is pretty and playful.

€50.50, next.ie

Room for two

Baby on board? No problem! Swimwear stalwarts M&S have launched their first maternity collection, in supportive fabrics and stylish cuts.

Swimsuit, €34, marksandspencer.ie

Match point

Keep it coordinated for effortless style.

Monsoon’s matching Gwen kaftan has gold foil accents and boho tassels.

€60, monsoon.co.uk

In the bag

A beach bag should be roomy enough for towels, sunblock, water and more, and be soft enough to pack.

This mesh tote fits the bill. €25.95, zara.com

Hats off

A wide-brimmed hat is a holiday essential; choose one that will bounce into shape when it pops out of your bag.

Raw edged hat, €21, next.ie

VIP lounge

Add an element of luxury to your poolside lounging with Irish designer Susannagh Grogan’s deluxe silk kaftans.

€295, brownthomas.com

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