The temperatures may not yet be soaring in the UK, but this looks set to change over the coming days.  So whether you’re planning a staycation or a holiday abroad, is your wardrobe summer ready?

There are always holiday essentials that we all pack such as a sarong or kaftan, sunglasses, beach bag and flip flops, all ready for a trip to the beach or pool.

But what about other outfits?  Something to wear out to dinner or for an early evening stroll!  Particularly abroad, the evenings can be hot and clammy so you need to think about the fabrics you choose and ensure that you wear lose fitting rather than tight clothes to keep the air circulating over your skin.

So what are the best fabrics to pack and why?   Goose Island’s new summer collection is made up of a mix of cool, casual styles ideal for any summer occasion.

Cut it in Cotton

lades cotton topAs one of the most common natural fibre fabrics out there, cotton is a cotton tops for ladiesmust to help you stay cool and chic this summer.  For example, this pink cotton blouse with a feather tie in the front, is not just an ideal cover up on the beach but also looks great over crisp, cool linen trousers.  Similarly, this lightweight cotton kaftan style top with embroidered detail on the front will protect you from the sun whilst ensuring  you don’t overheat at the same time. Both of these tops come in free sizes so no matter what shape you are, they will be the ideal loose fitting, easy to pack tops for your super summer holiday.

Lovely in Linen

linen ladies dressesLinen tunics and dresses, linen shirts or blouses are irreplaceable in linen dresses for ladiessummer, when travelling or in hot and humid climate. Thanks to the weave and fibre, linen allows more airflow and its structure means it stays away from your skin allowing better airflow over your body.  Linen is a “stiff” fabric and so is less likely to cling to the skin; when it billows away, it quickly dries out and becomes cool again. Clothes made of linen possess high air permeability, which allows air to flow through the fabric easily and enabling the body to breathe. This white linen tunic, with lace detail on the shoulder, is smart and stylish as well as cool and unruffled.  Wear it with contrasting loose fitting trousers, culottes or shorts to show off your tan. Alternatively, pack this linen dress with pockets and a black splash print to wear out to lunch or dinner, paired with pretty sandals for comfort.

Smooth as Silk

ladies silk topssilk tops for ladies Silk is also a natural fibre and, though considered a luxury fabric, is amazingly soft and cool to the touch. Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics and will keep you comfortable when temperatures rise. Silk is highly absorbent and dries quickly; it can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. Silk will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe, so perfect for the most tropical of holidays. Think how pretty you will look in this turquoise, cold shoulder silk top which will show off your shoulders but keep your body temperature down too. If you’re visiting a country where you need to cover up, try this silky printed dress with dipped back hem which will cover your arms but still let you show off your tanned legs.

For more fashion ideas for your summer holiday wardrobe, visit the New In Section on our website – here.

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