A great summer wardrobe filled with classic go-tos, from kaftans to sandals, makes packing for family holidays a whole lot easier. Here Mama editor and mum-of-three Morag Turner shares her picks of some of the best summer brands that every mum would love in their suitcase.
If you love an embroidered playsuit or mini dress then Pampelone is your dream brand. Founded last year by Holly Anna Scarsella, who has created a collection inspired by the glamorous women of the French Riviera, it offers the kind of easy throw-on summer essentials everyone loves. Holly’s goal was to create beautiful beach dresses and kaftans that epitomise the effortless style of icon Brigitte Bardot and she has definitely achieved that.
With classic styles in an array of gorgeous colours, you can never have too many pairs of a Piedi sandals. Beautifully crafted and incredibly comfortable, they are just as perfect for a day of city sightseeing as they are for a trip to the beach. The brand have recently collaborated with the super stylish fashion editor Amanda Woodward-Brown to create the dream pool slides. Expected to see them on well-dressed feet everywhere.
Fashion editor’s favourite, Rae Feather’s stunning beach bags are the only ones you’ll want to carry to your lounger. Whether you opt for a basket or a canvas tote, the monogramming in a range of colours is what makes these so special. While the bags are what Rae is best known for, there are a lots of other fabulous holiday buys on the website too – check out the gorgeous kaftans and sun hats.
Founded by Israeli actress-turned-designer Dorit Bar Or, this brand of super-cool summer dresses, tops and kaftans are ideal for dressing down for the day or up for evening. Think ethnic influences, bold colours, tassels and eyelets – all bang on trend for this summer.
A sun hat is an absolute must on holiday to protect your skin and your hair from the rays. And they don’t come more stylish than Maison Michel. Loved by celebrities, these amazing fedoras are on the pricey side but will last a lifetime if well looked after and fit like a glove. The only cover up your head will ever need.
You’ll probably have seen these gorgeous bikinis with their scalloped edge detail all over instagram, but the brand also do beautiful swimsuits that are super flattering for mums who prefer a one piece.
A fantastic summer outfit needs some equally gorgeous accessories. Marte Frisnes makes the kind of pretty tassel bangles you’ll want to wear everywhere, from Ibiza to St Tropez. Stack a couple in various colours on your arm for a truly summery look.