The best holiday buys

Whether you're heading abroad or holidaying at home, get set for summer with these hot weather essentials

Poolside fashion


Finding a stylish, well-cut swimsuit can be tricky, but M&S have got it covered with their Secret Slimming range. We love this halterneck design in 2018’s hottest colour combo – a folksy mix of red and blue.  

Secret Slimming™ Ditsy Floral Print Plunge Swimsuit, Marks & Spencer. Was £30.50; Now £19.50!

Marks & Spencer Ditsy Print Swimsuit

Fancy foot work 


No, we’re not talking about the World Cup! If you're looking to refresh your footwear, pop into Clarks and treat yourself to a new pair of sandals, such as these festival-inspired flats with tassel fringing. What’s more, it’s buy one get one half price on all ladies footwear right now – including sale items!  

Tetrix Lily sandal, Clarks. Was £30; Now £20

Tetrix Lily sandals at Clarks

Good enough to eat


Feeling the effects of the heatwave? Treat your sun-parched skin to a a mega moisture hit before you head to the beach! This Body Shop best buy has a delicious, zesty scent that you won’t be able to get enough of. They have a great range of clearance items right now, as well as offers on their full price items. 

Mojito Body Butter, The Body Shop. Was £15; Now £8.50

Mojito Body butter at The Body Shop

Easy summer wears


The best thing about summer is being able to throw on a beach dress and head out into the sunshine. We love the versatility of this sheer, paisley-print maxi – wear it on the beach over swimwear or over a slip dress after dark.

'Malika' sheer maxi dress, French Connection. Was £125; Now £59

Malika sheer dress French Connection

Get shorty!


For a great range of menswear, check out the offers at GANT, including these belted cargo shorts in Hurricane Blue. Wear with a plain polo shirt and sliders for an effortlessly cool holiday look.

Belted cargo shorts in hurricane blue, GANT. Was £90; Now £45.

GANT cargo shorts

Classic choice


Think 'Nike' and you'll no doubt think trainers, but they have some stylish thongs on offer too. These navy blue Solarsofts mould to your feet so you feel like you're not even wearing them. Just add a swimming pool and a whole lot of sunshine…

Solarsoft thong in Binary blue and white, Nike. Was £19.99; Now £13.


Nike Solarsoft Thong Blue

Pack it in!


Last year’s luggage looking a bit ropey? Upgrade your travel kit with a shiny new suitcase. Antler’s summer bargains include this scratch-resistant, lightweight option with 360-degree rotating wheels and a ten year warranty.

Sonar Exclusive Large Suitcase in Aubergine, Antler. Was £195; Now £95.

Sonar Large Suitcase ANTLER

Quiet time

Whether you’re jetting off somewhere exotic or just taking a few days off at home, a good holiday read is an essential part of your R&R. Pop into Waterstones and check out their Books of the Month – currently on offer as buy one, get half price. Thriller The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana is a real page-turner. 

The Missing Girl, Waterstones. £8.99.

The Missing Girl book Waterstones

Tropical trends

Add a pop of colour to your outfit (and stay shaded from the sun) with a wide-brimmed sun hat. We love this flamingo design, complete with fluro pompom trim. 

Flamingo sun hat, TK Maxx. £12.99.

Flamingo sunhat TKMAXX

Highly rated


Heading off to France, Spain or perhaps Portugal this summer? Currency Exchange have the best rates in town, including 1.10 on Euros. Now that’s sorted, you just need to decide what to spend it all on (we’re thinking cocktails. Lots of cocktails).

Euros, Currency Exchange. 1.10

Don't forget the kids!


If your little ones have outgrown last season's swimwear, dash down to Choice for some real bargains. From character swimsuits to tropical trunks, there's something to keep every mini me happy when they're splashing around this summer. 

Girls' Minion swimming costume, Choice. Was £14.00; Now £2.50.

Boys' flamingo shorts, Choice. Were £10; Now £6.50.


Kids swimwear at Choice Hatfield

Sand between your toes


These Clarks water-friendly shoes are perfect for kids to wear on the beach (even while paddling) or for exploring while on holiday - and you'll know their feet will be well-supported and protected.

Bondi Bay water-friendly summer sandals in pink or blue, Clarks. Were £24, now £16.80