Summer is finally here and if you're looking for holiday outfits inspiration, then Red's editor Sarah Tomczak has you covered.

Holiday packing can be stressful, from cabin bag restrictions to the increasing cost of check-in luggage, there's a lot of things to consider. That's why Sarah recommends to pack light and select the essential pieces you need in your holiday capsule wardrobe to mix and match them together and create several key looks.

She says, "That's my first tip for summer holiday packing - choose a colour palette that all works together, so you can mix and match lots of different things."

Sarah has searched high and low to bring you her edit of the 5 best looks for you next summer break. All the pieces included in her holiday capsule wardrobe are versatile and multifunctional, so you can easily wear them day and night.

From the statement cut-out dress you'll want to wear again and again this season to the linen jumpsuit that will make you feel instantly pulled together, watch Sarah style her hero looks in the video above and shop her top picks below.

1. A linen jumpsuit for walking around in warm cities

A linen jumpsuit is a timeless piece you'll be able to wear summer after summer. "I’ve chosen this jumpsuit because it’s got a bit of a holiday vibe, especially with ruffles across the top. Think Madonna's 'La Isla Bonita' look," says Sarah who's chosen a versatile option from Whistles as her top pick.

"It’s s also incredibly comfortable. It’s nice and airy for walking around in warm cities because it’s made of linen, so it's a loose flit," she adds.

Wondering how to accessorise your jumpsuit? "I paired mine with flat sandals, but you can easily wear it with heels and dress it up for the evening."

Whistles Tabi Linen Bardot Jumpsuit

Tabi Linen Bardot Jumpsuit

Whistles Tabi Linen Bardot Jumpsuit

£100 at Whistles

Shop more of Sarah's top picks...

Printed Frilled Linen Jumpsuit, £95
Printed Frilled Linen Jumpsuit, £95
Organic Cotton
Meg Jumpsuit Organic Cotton
Whistles Emmie Cropped Linen Jumpsuit, Black
Whistles Emmie Cropped Linen Jumpsuit, Black
Jude Linen Jumpsuit
Reformation Jude Linen Jumpsuit


2. A day-to-night dress

Be it an exposed side or back, cut-out-dresses are one of this season's biggest trends. If you want to embrace this style but you're more of a modest dresser, this Anthropology dress is just what you need.

"What I love about this dress is, it’s got cut-outs but they’re not too big. If, like me, you don't necessarily want to show off too much skin, this is a really good way to do it", Sarah says, adding "It's a really flattering shape, as the cut-out fall just at the right part of your waist."

Crafted from breezy linen, the dress is available in other colours but Sarah prefers it in black. "I don’t often wear black in the summer but this felt very chic and quite cool and you can wear it day or evening," she says

Pair yours with an elegant beach-to-city canvas bag and trendy sunglasses.

Anthropologie Audrey Cutout Dress, £148

Audrey Cutout Dress, £148

Anthropologie Audrey Cutout Dress, £148

Wear with:

Athena Woven Tote

Athena Woven Tote

Athena Woven Tote

Now 30% Off

Opal Tortoise

Opal Tortoise

Shop more of Sarah's top picks...

Canvas Striped Drawstring Tote Bag
M&S Collection Canvas Striped Drawstring Tote Bag
Now 42% Off
Ludo Linen Blend Maxi Dress
AllSaints Ludo Linen Blend Maxi Dress
Now 50% Off
Dani Midi Dress
Dani Midi Dress
Striped canvas and leather tote bag
Rue De Verneuil Striped canvas and leather tote bag

3. A versatile linen shirt over a patterned swimsuit

Crisp and cooling, linen shirts are a timeless summer look. Sarah's favourite is a an oversized number from White Company that she describes as her summer essential.

“For a start, it’s just so light and easy and you can pair it well with your denim shirts or tuck it into your skirt. This one is oversized which is key as it also makes the perfect cover up," she says.

Sarah suggests wearing yours over a patterned swimsuit and her top choice is the Panelled Bandeau swimsuit from Boden. "It has a straight across neckline, which is a really flattering. It’s also really structured inside - that’s the brilliant thing about Boden, they really think about women’s bodies and good shapes."

Consider swapping your straw hat for a straw visor, which Sarah says is "much easier to pack" and has a "cool and retro vibe" to it.

Linen Relaxed Shirt

Linen Relaxed Shirt

Linen Relaxed Shirt

Boden Panelled Bandeau Swimsuit - Hyacinth, Enchanting Paisley

Panelled Bandeau Swimsuit - Hyacinth, Enchanting Paisley

Boden Panelled Bandeau Swimsuit - Hyacinth, Enchanting Paisley

Now 30% Off

Wear it with:

Free People Baha Straw Visor

Baha Straw Visor

Free People Baha Straw Visor

Credit: Free People

Shop more of Sarah's top picks...

Portofino Cup-size Swimsuit
Boden Portofino Cup-size Swimsuit
Now 30% Off
Pure Linen Long Sleeve Blouse
M&S Collection Pure Linen Long Sleeve Blouse
Now 42% Off
Straw Ribbon Detail Visor
M&S Collection Straw Ribbon Detail Visor
Now 20% Off
Catania Cup-size Swimsuit
Boden Catania Cup-size Swimsuit
Now 30% Off


4. A breton t-shirt with flattering shorts

A Breton top is a classic spring/summer's wardrobe essential, and Sarah has chosen a cool oversized number from Arket as her top pick. "It's a deconstructed Breton because it's got this slightly tie-die stripe, which makes it a bit unexpected and is definitely a wardrobe update.

"I like rolling up the sleeves and tucking it in to give it a bit more structure. But it would also be brilliant thrown over your swimsuit"

Sarah styled hers with baggy denim shorts from Mango, which she says "are flattering for lots of different figures because they are cinched in at the waist"

For extra style points invest in accessories. "I'm a big believer in buying a bit more expensive accessories and then you can get away with having some high street pieces that you can mix in with it."

Sarah's own investment this summer are a pair of limited edition Birkenstocks."They weren’t cheap but I’ve worn them practically every day since I bought them. They make everything look a bit cooler," she says.

ARKET Printed T-Shirt, £25

Printed T-Shirt, £25

ARKET Printed T-Shirt, £25

Paperbag denim shorts

Paperbag denim shorts

Paperbag denim shorts

Now 77% Off

Wear it with:

Summer looks

Birkenstock BIRKENSTOCK 1774

BIRKENSTOCK 1774
Summer looks

Birkenstock BIRKENSTOCK 1774

A.P.C.Helene shoulder bag

A.P.C.Helene shoulder bag

A.P.C.Helene shoulder bag

Shop more of Sarah's top picks...

Wide Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt
Wide Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt
Palmer High-Rise Paperbag Denim Shorts
AllSaints Palmer High-Rise Paperbag Denim Shorts
Now 30% Off
Arizona glossed croc-effect leather sandals
BIRKENSTOCK Arizona glossed croc-effect leather sandals
Botsy leather-trimmed cross-body bag
Isabel Marrant Botsy leather-trimmed cross-body bag


5. A two piece set to invest in now and wear all summer long

Co-ords have made a comeback - with fashion editors and influencers alike turning to the easy-to-wear ensemble for an ultra-cool look. "If you just treat yourself to one new thing this summer, I'm making a case for the two piece. It is really a hero for your summer wardrobe"

There are endless possibilities of how you can wear it - from using the pieces separately to mix and matching with what you already have in you in your holiday capsule. "Pair the bottoms with a tank top, a t-shirt or a linen shirt. Or wear your top over your swimsuit or with a big summer skirt," Sarah advises.

Of course, the most stylish way to wear it is to put the combo together. Boden's two piece set, featuring stylish scalloped edging and all-over broderie, is Sarah's favourite. "It's got so much detail, which is really, really charming"

Boden Tamsin Broderie Cotton Top - Dusty Blue

Tamsin Broderie Cotton Top - Dusty Blue

Boden Tamsin Broderie Cotton Top - Dusty Blue

Now 30% Off

Boden Tamsin Embroidered Shorts - Blue Daisy Broderie

Tamsin Embroidered Shorts - Blue Daisy Broderie

Boden Tamsin Embroidered Shorts - Blue Daisy Broderie

Now 70% Off

Shop more of Sarah's top picks...

Printed cotton-blend short
Printed cotton-blend short
Now 57% Off

Shop matching blouse here

Alma Tie Waist Linen Shorts
Boden Alma Tie Waist Linen Shorts
Vienna polka-dot cropped top
RIXO Vienna polka-dot cropped top


Enjoy your holiday !