There's something about heading off on holiday that makes you want to run in the direction of the shops and treat yourself to all the pretty things. Nothing says 'fresh start' like some new togs, right? Now, obviously, little things like pay and not wanting to be totally wasteful mean that I'm not about to advocate that you run out and buy a whole new wardrobe every time you go away. But, consider this a little wish-list or 'best in show' of what's available on the high street right now, and what I might pick up if I was starting from scratch with a trip to Dubai in mind.

I'm heading out in April so the weather will be mid to late thirties most days, with bright sunshine and maybe the odd bit of cloud cover or breeziness, but really a cover up or light jacket will do the job, if you need anything. Modesty laws are in place but in general, it's just about being culturally sensitive and using common sense. If you're wearing a skirt, make sure it hits your knee at least, and don't wear anything too revealing on top. If you're wearing a sleeveless dress, take a cover up with you to the malls - you'll probably want to do this anyway, as everywhere has the air conditioning on so high!

Beachwear is obviously a must, and I've been loving Topshop's holiday shop offering lately - this swimsuit and beach kaftan are just beautiful. The gorgeous swimswear at Topshop is coming in thick and fast, so I'd check back on their website regularly if you're jetting off somewhere warm and beach-y in future!

Dubai, unlike England, is a place where the less layers, the better - tissue thin fabrics, all-in-one outfits and flowy, loose fitting pieces are the order of the day. For do-it-all outfits, you can't get much better than a jumpsuit, and I love this one from H&M which doubles as a lovely piece for evenings out, as well as something I could easily get a lot of use out of in my office. The elasticated waist and tassels add such pretty detail to an otherwise pretty standard piece. H&M also deliver in the shirt dress department - I'm seeing shirt dresses everywhere right now! This khaki one caught my eye as it just looks so easy and effortless, but I'm not sure about the pocket placement with my hips and upper thighs being the widest part of my body. One to try on, perhaps.

Another piece which can take you easily from beach to dinnertime is this embellished cold shoulder dress from River Island. I can imagine this looking amazing with a floor length duster coat and some heels, equally with gladiator sandals and a kimono. If dresses aren't usually your thing, this playsuit from Zara is so deceptive - embroidered, flowy and girly to the max, the concealed shorts make this a lot easier to slip on as an all-in-one look and a lot more comfy to wear. 

Building outfits through simple pairing pieces is another sure-fire way to save space in your suitcase - add a pop of colour, a deceptively 'plain' white tee and a blouse to pair with a black denim skirt and a pair of wide-leg trousers and you've got yourself six outfits for day and night, ready to go. 

Accessories-wise? Dubai is pretty 'go big or go home'. Spare no embellishment in the details and if you've ever wanted to take a sartorial risk with anything bedazzled, now's your chance. I am head over heels for this Mejuri Evil Eye bracelet (in fact, the whole collection is pretty sick) and this gorgeous Estella Bartlett pineapple necklace, her stuff is just too cute. Beach bags are also the norm for sandy days not moving from your towel, but I love a backpack for grab-and-go ease when city exploring. These golden sunglasses from Quay are also a little too much but totally lust-worthy, just like much of the UAE itself. 

I've pared back footwear to the bare essentials, because I ALWAYS take too many shoes (does anyone else have this problem?). Evening and day appropriate patterned mules - I'm gonna be honest, I'm not sure I can resist these. They're just too gorgeous, and they look so much more expensive than they are! And to finish off your necessities - a pair of ridiculously gorgeous pom pom sandals. Because what is life without a pair of embellished sandals to trot around in? No life at all my friends. No life at all.

I hope you guys enjoyed this fun little post and it sparks some inspiration if you're off on holiday anywhere warm - I've got some more packing and travel-themed posts coming your way throughout the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled! 

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