I’m a Fashion Editor, and the One Thing I Excel at Is Holiday Shopping—These Are My Top Picks

As a fashion editor, my wardrobe is my playground. Every day, I mix pieces that can take me from meetings to after-work drinks with ease, but when it's holiday time, I kick it up a notch. The first thing I look for are pieces that'll work for holidays but at home too, and which I know I'll want to wear year after year—I'm all about that capsule wardrobe. This summer, Free People is proving majorly helpful for adding some fresh pieces into said capsule with its perfect summer staples. The brand's latest drop is where comfort meets a bohemian aesthetic, making it a breeze to pack for any holiday, be it a special trip abroad or a hot-weather staycation.

Free People Summer Basics

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Look at the Taking Sides Maxi (£108) for example. Its ruffled details and breezy silhouette make it perfect for everything from beach strolls to dinner dates. The We the Free Cruisin' Long Shorts (£88) With their relaxed fit, they're great for lounging or pairing with a cute top. And let’s not forget the Vista Sweater Co-Ord (£108), a versatile set that can be styled a million ways. These pieces aren’t just about looking good—they take the hassle out of getting dressed when it's hot and make you feel ready for anything.

So, what am I packing for my holiday? First up, strappy dresses. The Wilder Days Mini Dress (£118) is my go-to for hot summer days—light, airy and comfy. For beach days, I’ll be pairing the On Repeat Linen Shorts (£60) with a classic tank for a cool laid-back look. Of course, I can't forget swimwear, so I'm taking a few options with me—the Peony Broderie One-Piece Swimsuit (£248) for a classic beach moment, and the bright yellow Free-est Amber One-Piece Swimsuit (£158) from the brand's holiday Free-est collection, for a pop of colour. And for those boho-chic vibes, a ruffled set is perfect for a romantic dinner by the sea—I'm eyeing the Fischer Skirt Set (£118).

Free People Summer Basics

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Below, I've rounded up my top four holiday basics that you can never go wrong with, so keep scrolling for the pieces that get this fashion editor's must-pack stamp of approval.

Shop My Favourite Holiday Staples From Free People:

1. Strappy Dresses

2. Beach-Ready Shorts

3. Swimwear

4. Bohemian Sets

Junior Branded Content Editor

Humaa is the Junior Branded Content Editor at Who What Wear UK, where her expertise lies in paid for and affiliate stories for beauty and fashion brands. Humaa has a BA Hons degree in English literature and previously held editor roles at British Vogue and Marie Claire US. Most recently she moved over from the Who What Wear US Branded Content team to join the UK title to help build out the team on home ground. She is a September baby and though does not believe in astrology, cannot deny that she is a Virgo through and through. When she's not trying to poke a hole through her credit card on a daily basis, because of her job writing many, many shopping stories, you can find her making her way through her Kindle Unlimited TBR list–spoiler: it's a long one. Follow her on Instagram at @Humaa.Hussain