Kiddy essentials for a last-minute holiday

Whether it's mucking about at the seaside, getting down and dirty in the garden or jetting off to warmer climes, there's still time to deck your little ones out in these holiday must-haves, says Claire Spreadbury

17 August, 2015 01:00

EVERYONE likes a few new togs before going on their summer holidays, and children are no different. Plus, they've probably grown upwards and outwards since last year's can-still-get-into-them-but-can't-dance shorts, T-shirt and sandal ensemble.

Holiday buys can be cheap and cheerful. Look for easy-wearing fabrics which will last, like cotton and denim, bright colours and fun designs – and if you can find them in the sales, even better.

So whether it's a staycation or a sunny escape, stock up on these holiday treats...


Off to a sun-filled sandy land? Swimwear, cover-ups and waterproof shoes are all kids really need, and maybe a handy bag for all their beachy finds.

"We all love to look the part when on holiday and half the excitement is getting our holiday wardrobe ready," says Tim Juckes, of Paul Frank UK. "Essentials such as T-shirts and long shorts, light skirts and dresses are great for sheltering exposed limbs on the beach, and the good news is, there are countless designs to choose from. Opt for eye-catching prints and they won't begrudge covering up."

:: Portofino Top, £45.50 – reduced from £65 (

:: Printed Kaftan, from £9 (

:: Chlorine Resistant Lycra Xtra Life Swimsuit, from £11 (

:: Dinosaur Hooded Towel, £7 (

:: Nevada Messenger Bag, £16 (

:: Waders, from £18.75 – reduced from £37.50 and available in a variety of colours for boys and girls (


Jetting off overseas can mean you'll need a variety of outfits. Stylish sunnies and smart-casual togs for dinners are a must, and how about investing in their very own suitcase – to lighten the load of yours?

"Everyone loves a holiday in the sun, but it's important to keep comfortable," advises Zoe Woolls, design manager at Mamas & Papas. "Loose-fitting, breathable cotton clothing is a great way to combat the heat. You could also add a lightweight jacket or cardigan for cooler evenings."

:: Jersey Maxi Dress, £8 – reduced from £12 (

:: Palm Print Swimming Trunks, £21 – reduced from £45 (

:: Marvel Ultimate Suitcase, £85 (

:: Babiators in Princess Pink Junior, £21.99 (

:: Straw Weave Trilby Hat, £10 (

:: Sun-San Saltwater Sandals – Sweetheart, in Shiny Fuchsia, from £38 (


Chilling at home requires clothing for sun and shade, thanks to our wonderfully British climate. Opt for fun and comfort and you won't go far wrong.

"With our notoriously unpredictable weather, staycation style is all about making sure you're prepared," says Juckes. "The little ones might get hot running around, but there's always the chance of that downpour, so ensure you pack an array of different items and layers, from basic tees to raincoats, and sandals to wellies. Pack for every eventuality!"

:: Diplodocus Custom Baby Grow, £22 (

:: F&F T-shirt, £9 for a pack of three; Floral Shirt, £7, and Shorts, £9 – available from mid-August (

:: Fabric Flavours Girls Paul Frank T-Shirt, £16 (

:: Viscose Bibsuit, £7 – reduced from £10 (

:: Neon Orange Tutu, from £49 (

:: Bobux Empire trainers in Pink, £42 (

17 August, 2015 01:00 Life

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