CLASSIC TAN SANDALS. When it comes to sandals, ignore the trends and stick to a pair of classic tan flats. Ancient Greek are the leaders in the field. Clio sandals, Dhs597, Ancient Greek Sandals
THE BEACH SHIRT. For an alternative to tired kaftans, opt for a linen shirt to wear as a cover-up. For more ideas for what to wear over your swimwear, see our guide.
Striped linen shirt, Dhs668, Rails at Trilogy
THE WEDGE ESPADRILLES. Forget about packing heels - you won't wear them and, if you do, you'll feel like a try-hard (or a Love Island contestant). However, a pair of wedged espadrilles will elongate the leg without looking overly dressy.
Canvas wedge espadrilles, Dhs358, Castaner at Net-a-Porter
THE DENIM CUT-OFFS. No holiday wardrobe is complete without a pair of denim cut-offs. Versatile and timeless, they never lose their appeal.
Mid-length shorts, Dhs215, Levi's
THE EMBROIDERED TOP. Whether ruffled or embroidered, choose a breezy tunic top to style with your denim cut-offs. Dodo Bar Or's styles are currently popular among fashion influencers and editors.
Embellished cotton top, Dhs1,528, Dodo Bar Or at Net-a-Porter
THE MAXI DRESS. Spend your evenings wafting around in one of Kalita's luxurious silk dresses. Dress it up with statement gold jewellery.
Reversible dress, Dhs4,384, Kalita at Matches Fashion
THE STRAW TOTE. Straw or raffia baskets are a favourite every summer, but this year they've received It-bag status. Ideal for city breaks or beach holidays, pack your essentials in a roomy style that recalls a 70s Jane Birkin.
Large woven straw tote, Dhs1,194, Munn at Matches Fashion
THE PERFECT DAY DRESS. Rosie Asssoulin, Caroline Constas and Talitha are the go-to destinations for perfect summer dresses. Choose a feminine style with ruffle detailing and checks to tick off two trends in one go.
Ruffle check dress, Dhs12,942, Rosie Assoulin at Browns Fashion
THE UNDERSTATED SWIMSUIT. Bikinis will always have their charm, but this summer the swimsuit is a chicer choice. Choose a minimalist style with a plunging back and cut high on the leg for a flattering silhouette.
Scoop-back swimsuit, Dhs1,000, Three Graces London at Matches Fashion
A PAIR OF ROUND SUNGLASSES. Rounded shades are this season's key sunglasses shape, so invest in a pair by Illesteva.
Acetate sunglasses, Dhs668, Illesteva at Net-a-Porter