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The Denim shirt - this one is �29, at www.laredoute.co.uk.

The Denim shirt - this one is �29, at www.laredoute.co.uk.

  • As thoughts turn to the holidays, Stephanie Smith picks out eight key pieces that will work together to make the perfect easy-pack holiday wardrobe.
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Ah, a week in the sun – whether it’s been planned for months or it’s a last-minute online burst of inspiration, you can’t just throw bits and pieces from your drawers into a case, dig out your old swimwear and then hope you’ll be able to buy something more suitable when you get there. And then, somehow, expect to look fabulous.

It doesn’t work like that. This is not the way to holiday in style. Nor, indeed, is it the way to sail through this entire summer in style. No, what’s needed is a clever capsule collection of new season piece that will all work together and with the rest of your wardrobe, while giving you an on-trend fashion update.

The white lace skirt (with the loose white tee)

The white lace skirt (with the loose white tee)

So here’s what look look out for – the top eight investment pieces for a perfect summer.

The printed trousers - Mono print trousers, �95, and black top, �85, both from Gerry Weber

The printed trousers - Mono print trousers, �95, and black top, �85, both from Gerry Weber

The maxi dress - Black lace knit dress/skirt, �60, at www.Celticandco.co.uk.

The maxi dress - Black lace knit dress/skirt, �60, at www.Celticandco.co.uk.

The loose white tee and the culottes - Cindy culottes, �65; Sinead crepe blouse, �55. Both at Phase Eight.

The loose white tee and the culottes - Cindy culottes, �65; Sinead crepe blouse, �55. Both at Phase Eight.

The Tunic dress Laundered linen dress, �99, at Harrogate based Pure Collection on  www.purecollection.com.

The Tunic dress Laundered linen dress, �99, at Harrogate based Pure Collection on www.purecollection.com.

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