Boost Your Bank Holiday Style With These It Brit-Inspired Looks

In your head, your holiday style will be the stuff of Brigitte Bardot films and your favorite fashion Instagram accounts. In reality, you end up wearing the same stretched-out swimsuit and sand-leaking cutoff shorts year after year. Besides, a pair of flip-flops is much less likely to nudge you over the carry-on baggage weight limit than, say, the Sophia Webster stompers you really want to pack.

But if you're really intent on making some style waves for the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer, we know just who to turn to for inspiration. Alexa Chung, Jourdan Dunn, Poppy Delevingne, and Pandora Sykes are four It Brits who never jet off without a stable of head-turning pieces that we're desperate to find in our weekender bags. From Dunn's sporty-chic festival style to Delevingne's stash of glamorous swimsuits, there's a muse for every mood.

Read on for fashion finds inspired by these ladies' IRL holiday outfits. Crochet bikinis, denim dungarees, heart-shaped sunnies, and the perfect crop top all await. Sure, you're just chilling with the family in Center Parcs or eating oysters in Whitstable, but with the right look, you'll feel as though you've just stepped off a yacht. It never hurts to pretend.
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Photo: Courtesy Alexa Chung Instagram.
Alexa Chung

Whether's she jetting off to Paris or heading for Tokyo, this style star brings along her favourite denim staples — which helps when you've got a denim range of your own. The look is boyish but not basic, with strong accessories to keep each outfit looking fresh.
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Photo: Courtesy Alexa Chung Instagram.
Chung takes her denim to Japan. Note the oversized keychain and scarf flourish.
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Photo: Courtesy Alexa Chung Instagram.
Sunglasses and a softly sweet blouse = perfection.
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Photo: Courtesy MatchesFashion.
Chung's new AG collaboration is this season's go-to for denim and suede.

Alexa Chung for AG The Loretta Denim Playsuit, £350, available at MatchesFashion.
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Photo: Courtesy Topshop.
Keep those legs looking long with a chunky heel.

Topshop LAMBO Cross-Strap Platforms, £52, available at Topshop.
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Photo: Courtesy Very Exclusive.
A more adventurous alternative to your standard skinnies.

Paige Denim Sierra Distressed Dungarees, £130, available at Very Exclusive.
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Photo: Courtesy H&M.
A sweet cream blouse with embroidered details softens the tough vibe of a pair of dungarees.

H&M Chiffon Blouse, £24.99, available at H&M.
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Photo: Courtesy Zara.
These flats aren't just pretty; they're also a dream come true for anyone who likes to walk (comfortably) everywhere.

Zara Flat Shoes with Ankle Straps, £29.99, available at Zara.
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Photo: Courtesy Pandora Sykes Instagram.
Pandora Sykes

Oh, to raid the closet of this fashion editor/gal-about-town. Sykes is a sucker for embroidered details, especially when she's hanging out in some scenic beach locale.
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Photo: Courtesy Pandora Sykes Instagram.
The red bandana is a Sykes signature.
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Photo: Courtesy Pandora Sykes Instagram.
Let's hear it for the knits: Crochet and embroidery take beachwear to the next level.
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Photo: Courtesy Net-a-Porter.
Colourful embroidery gives this beach-ready dress a playful spin.

Sensi Studio Embroidered Cotton Gauze Dress, £270, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Photo: Courtesy Net-a-Porter.
How could you possibly go back to flimsy flip-flops?

Aquazzura Belgravia Woven and Cutout Suede Espadrilles, £355, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Photo: Courtesy Muzungu Sisters.
For when a denim jacket or cardigan just won't cut it.

Muzungu Sisters Sonia Bolero, £342, available at Muzungu Sisters.
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Photo: Courtesy Wolf & Badger.
With looks as bold as these, the only "statement" jewellery you need is this simple initial necklace.

Myia Bonner Silver Initial Necklace, £75, available at Wolf & Badger.
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KPhoto: Courtesy Kiini.
Neon crochet details make this bikini anything but boring.

Kiini Lolo Top and Bottom, $120–$165, available at Kiini.
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Photo: Courtesy Poppy Delevingne Instagram.
Poppy Delevingne

Cara's big sis is famed for her bohemian-chic maxi dresses, but her adorable bikinis and easy-breezy Med style deserve special mention, too. Everything she wears is just so perfect.
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Photo: Courtesy Poppy Delevingne Instagram.
Proof that simple can always be stylish.
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Photo: Courtesy Poppy Delevingne Instagram.
Taste the rainbow in a printed two-piece.
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Photo: Courtesy Selfridges.
Is there any wonder why this nautical-chic number is named the Poppy?

Lisa Marie Fernandez Poppy Button-Detail Bikini, £355, available at Selfridges.
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Photo: Courtesy Wildfox Couture.
Heart-shaped shades are a must.

Wildfox Lolita Sunglasses, £151, available at Wildfox Couture.
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Photo: Courtesy Finery.
Sheer stripes keep this top from looking like your average white shirt.

Finery Canvey Sheer Stripe Top, £29, available at Finery.
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Photo: Courtesy MatchesFashion.
Every woman needs a pair of perfect denim cutoffs.

Frame Denim Le Grand Garçon Shorts, £180, available at MatchesFashion.
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Photo: Courtesy Solid and Striped.
This flamingo-print bikini is from Delevingne's collaboration with the cult-fave swimsuit brand.

Solid and Striped The Poppy Bikini, $198, available at Solid and Striped.
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Photo: Courtesy Jourdan Dunn Instagram.
Jourdan Dunn

This supermodel relies on a few signature looks: athletic-inspired pieces, hair chalk, and fun, festival-ready accessories that can take her from Coachella to Glastonbury.
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Photo: Courtesy Jourdan Dunn Instagram.
Trust a Victoria's Secret Angel to bust out a bangin' bikini top.
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Photo: Courtesy Jourdan Dunn Instagram.
Adventures in scarf-arranging.
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Photo: Courtesy Net-a-Porter.
Dunn's been digging sports jerseys this summer.

Moschino Cropped Printed Stretch-Jersey Top, £270, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Photo: Courtesy Kurt Geiger.
Upgrade your frame game with these statement shades.

Kurt Geiger London Danni Sunglasses, £39, available at Kurt Geiger.
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Photo: Courtesy Prism.
Dunn owns this two-piece suit in blue.

Prism Okinawa Bikini Top, £149, available at Prism.
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Photo: Courtesy Sophia Webster.
These fierce flats are perfect for Sophia Webster devotee Dunn.

Sophia Webster Luca Sandals, £220, available at Sophia Webster.
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Photo: Courtesy Nazanin Rose Matin.
However you wear it, this animal-print scarf deserves a spot in your suitcase.

Nazanin Rose Matin Mini Cheetah Scarf, £195, available at Nazanin Rose Matin.