Winter Sun Essentials

Winter Sun Essentials

Joanna Woolcock

Copy producer, Womenswear

After a busy and often excessive festive season, there are few things guaranteed to brighten up January like some winter sun. Rather than being a month to traditionally book summer holidays, more and more people are now choosing to bring the summertime forward and top up their depleted vitamin D levels by escaping to sunnier climes earlier in the year.

Unlike skiing trips or European city breaks, beach holidays are super-easy to pack for. Lightweight dresses and shirts take up little room and you don’t need to wear your ski jacket and snow boots on the flight to avoid additional luggage fees.

Take inspiration from 2014 cruise collections and embrace tropical prints, high-octane colour and exhilarating pattern.

Even if you’re not going away, exotic designs are key for SS14 so why not dip your toe in early with a flash of Caribbean colour or digital sunset prints to offset the winter uniform of navy and black. If this all feels a bit premature, try changing up your jewellery to include matte gold earrings and introduce white, nude and peach-hued clothing to take the edge off the monochrome separates.

Another way to feel summery is to give your skin a warm glow with a self-tanning lotion; Clarins Liquid Bronze comes in a super-dry formula that’s easy to apply, instantly putting you in that
holiday mood.


Ghost crepe shirt

Covering up

Oversized white shirt such as this Ghost crepe shirt - ideal for covering up from the sun or throwing on with shorts; a boyfriend shirt is perfect beachfront attire.

Kurt Geiger Sandals


Stay chic poolside with a pair of staple flip-flops or update your evening look with some simple leather sandals. These have a stylish hardware finish making them an ultramodern outfit addition come cocktail hour.

Prada Glasses


Sunglasses, are a must-have item to protect eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. You might even want a few styles to mix up your look.

Jersey Dress


Lightweight jersey dress - team with a flat shoes and sunglasses for effortless holiday outfitting.

Tote bag & Suncream

Tote bag & Suncream

Stow your book, sunscreen and headphones in a handy tote bag. Last but not least, don’t forget the sun cream - lobster-red skin never looks good.