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Sorting your holiday wardrobe is arguably the most difficult clothes shopping task of the year.
From finding summer clothing that's breathable and comfortable, to having to whittle down your shoe choices from five pairs to two so that your carry-on case will actually close, packing for a getaway isn't always easy.
If you're struggling with what you need for your capsule holiday wardrobe (after all, it has been a while since many of us have had to write a holiday check list), we're here to help. From the best tummy control swimsuits to the linen trousers we predict will sell out first, we're keeping an eye out for all the best items.
Searching for a nice new top to go with your cut-offs? Holly Willoughby has given us a bit of a helping hand in this department.
The breathable pure cotton top features a button-down front, with a subtle blouson sleeve for a flattering and trendy silhouette – and it isn't the only affordable buy in M&S' newly opened Holiday Shop, which is designed to make summer clothes shopping that tad bit easier.
From floaty dresses to swimwear and poolside cover ups, here are 10 of our favourite picks under £50 that we think are stylish, purse string-friendly and worth of a spot in your suitcase this summer.
Our top 10 M&S summer holiday picks
Searching for an easy throw-on summer dress that you can just chuck on and get out in the sunshine? Well, this may be it. The very affordable £19.50 number is currently one of M&S’ best-selling items in the Holiday Shop and it’s easy to see why with its bold animal print and breezy swing shape.
Ribbed Padded Plunge Swimsuit | £29.50
M&S' tummy control swimsuits sell out super fast, so this ribbed swimsuit (which is surprisingly still in stock) had to be our top one-piece pick. The padded, non-wired bra area has been created for comfort, while its ribbed finish gives it added stretch. If you're a pool-lover, you'll be pleased to know it's also chlorine-resistant. Say goodbye to faded swimwear and wear this season after season.
A black, linen kaftan is a great choice if you're looking to streamline your holiday wardrobe and only want to pack one. The ladder lace inserts around the hem make this kaftan feel much more elegant than a typical beach cover up. It's loose-fitting, light fabric will keep you cool even on the hottest days, plus it's guaranteed to go with many of your current swimwear and summer shoe options.
If you're on the hunt for just one evening bag, this is it. Straw bags are a summer holiday staple year after year and this boho-inspired number is as practical as it is stylish. With a detachable cross-body strap, internal zipped pockets and two external zipped compartments, you can fit a deceptive amount in here. The straw bag trend is going nowhere, so this will see you through seasons to come.
This linen jumpsuit is selling out quickly, but you can be notified by email when it's back in stock. There's a reason it's so popular; it's effortlessly chic and can be parred up or down for numerous summer holiday occasions. Add a pop to the outfit with a colourful blazer and pick up a straw bag to complete the look (this bucket bag is particularly popular this season and we can confirm it's worth every pound).
Pure Linen Printed Puff Sleeve Top | £27.50
A flattering Bardot neckline is a great addition to any summer wardrobe. With loose-fitted linen trousers taking the limelight this summer, this top, with its summery flourish, will create multiple outfits. The puffed sleeves and off the shoulder style are flattering to all body shapes.
As well as including a casual top to wear with linen trousers in our top 10, we wanted to include something for the evening, too. Linen trousers can work for both day and night, and this blouse pairing is a great example of how to wear them. The ditsy print buttoned blouse comes in two prints with elegantly cut blouson sleeves to elevate the outfit.
Linen Rich Wide Leg Trousers | £22.50
We've shared our love for these comfy and flattering linen trousers lately, so these versatile wide legged trousers had to make the cut. Available in five colours, the trousers will work for the beach, an evening out or a day trip. They'll be one of the most hard-working pieces in your summer suitcase and if your baggage limit is small, you'll want to include these.
If you're off on a city break and are looking for functional but fashionable sandals, we've found them. These sporty sandals come with a 'flatform', which will give you a little extra bounce if you're out exploring. With two fastenings at the toes and the ankles, you'll have extra support. The practical shoes are finished off with antibacterial padding to keep you – and them – fresh.
Or, if you're more of a comfy trainer kind of person, one of our editors has an M&S trainer recommendation you may be interested in.
Floral Tie Waist Midi Wrap Dress | £39.50
A simple wrap dress is a great addition to your holiday wardrobe and this style is giving us major Duchess of Cambridge vibes. The flattering neckline and tie-waist fastening give it a delicate finish, but paired with trainers, it can be dressed down for daywear, too. This midi length dress is available in short, medium and long for the perfect fit.