What to pack – South of France in Summer

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What to Wear in the South of France

What to pack – South of France in Summer:

Updated ready for Summer 2022! Summer in the South of France.  What could be nicer than that?  We are lucky to live there for part of the year and elegant swimwear is essential.  Here are some ideas for your summer wardrobe and these are the new additions that I am buying.  Just click on each one if you want to take a closer look. The personalised Straw bag in my photo above came from Nice Flower Market and my swimsuit is Heidi Klein. Freddie my lovely pooch loves his afternoon swim in our pool.

What to pack:

  • Limitless bikinis and swimsuits by Heidi Klein and SuperDry
  • Beach coverups
  • Floaty Silk Kaftan, I buy mine in Marrakesh
  • Shorts playsuits by Camilla
  • Summer dresses – Find some great dresses in french boutiques
  • Maxi dresses
  • Evening dresses – Everyone makes more of an effort in France and Italy
  • Capri pants and T’s – For that ‘Riviera’ look.
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and trainers, converse too.

You are now good to go! The perfect sundress for exploring:

PHOTO: Superdry Sundress, click on the dress for info

It is hot and humid in the South of France in Summer. Think about packing cool, loose fitting clothes which look great and will not get hot and sweaty. The Superdry dress above is on my wishlist for Summer 2022.

Photo: Cannes in Summer Wearing Zara

PHOTO: What to Wear Lunch on the Beach, Cannes

If you plan a trip to Monaco, Saint Tropez or Cannes you will need some super chic swimwear and summer dresses, everyone is elegant and makes an effort even with casual beach wear. Heidi Klein swimwear is expensive but worth every penny. It fits well, washes well and will last for years. I wait for the sales and grab a bargain!

PHOTO: HEIDi KLEIN SWIMSUIT – click on image to buy


Sneakers or Flats or sneakers are essential for exploring. These cute pink ones are on my 2022 wishlist! Click on the photo form more info… £24.99! They will look adorable with shorts or a sundress.


Everyone needs a swimsuit for an action packed Summer, I bought the one below for for water skiing and jet ski times.  We don’t want to be worrying about falling out of our swimwear while Paddle boarding, do we? Hurry up if you want this one, it is on sale and only a few left! Click on the photo.


Just click on the photos if you want more info or to buy any of these Summer Wardrobe ideas.

The perfect elegant swimsuit!  Heidi Klein swimwear wash so well, keeps its shape and is worth the expensive price tag. and I will be wearing them all summer 2022!  St Tropez anyone? I think it will look good over a white Dress too. Click on the photo for more info!

How many bikinis do you have at home?  You can never have too many, they are a holiday essential and you need choices!  I have a mix of styles from next to nothing by my own Pool to ladylike styles for days at sea and on the beach.

A ladylike bikini for days at sea. I have so many Heidi Klein bikinis! I LOVE Banana Moon too for days at sea and by my pool. They are too revealing for beach days.  Perfect to buy top and bottom separately, I am smaller on the bottom than the top and this can help with a perfect fit.

This is the perfect cover-up and dress for summer.  I will wear it beside my pool in the South of France, when friends come around for drinks in the evening.  It will also come on my travels as the perfect cover up Top.  Perfect for an afternoon Yacht lunch too!

PHOTO:  HEIDI KLEIN Sundress, click on photo to view more information

I will mix and match these new additions with my existing swimwear.  My White swimsuits will look great with the Top. It is a good idea to add a few new pieces to freshen up your existing look.

What to Wear to sleep

Hopefully you will have aircon wherever you are staying. Summer nights are hot and sweaty on the Cote d’Azur. So probably wear nothing or a light silk nightdress.

Silk shorts PJ’s – Perfect to wear if I have guests staying at the Villa or if I stay on a boat.

Where to Shop on the Cote d’Azur:

Leave room in your luggage for some shopping. The Cote d’Azur is a treausre trove of little shops selling fantastic French clothes that you will not find any where else.. Find some thing unique.

Saint Tropez in Summer:

PHOTO: Saint Tropez in Summer

Be careful if you have a large bust (34F for me!).  It is a nightmare trying to find swimwear to fit in the South of France.  The french just do not have chests!  The only french make that really fits well is Pain du Sucre.  Take all the swimwear you need from home.



Shop in the golden triangle for Designer clothes.  Galeries Lafayette is the big department store with two floors of women clothes.  Find the store at 6 Avenue Jean Medicin.  Further along the street there is Sephora for all the make up and perfume you need.  Also Zara and Nice Etoile.  Nice Etoile is a shopping Mall with lots of french brands.  Just outside Nice is a big Mall called Cap 3000.

Sale Dates are strictly regulated (like so many things in France!) I cannot find the Sale dates for this Summer 2022 but will add them here later. They are 4 weeks duration and usually start end of June.


I love shopping here for small boutique stores.  Find all the big designer brands on La Croisette.  Rue d’Antibes runs parallel to La Croisette and had lots of small shops including my favourite shoe shop Mercedi.  Find a Pain du Sucre swimwear shop on this street too.

Find my favourite Zara shop in Rue d’Antibes. I’m wearing head to toe Zara, including the hat, in my photo below.

PHOTO: Carlton Hotel in Cannes – outfit by Zara, total cost under 50 euros

Saint Tropez

Try and avoid high summer if you can! Although read my Saint Tropez blogs if you want to find out how to get there hassle free in peak season.

PHOTO: Dior Shop and Restaurant, Saint Tropez

My friends and I like to visit on market day and potter round the stalls finding some treasures!  Market day is Tuesday and Saturday 8 am to 1pm.  Also meander the winding streets and explore the ute boutiques full of Tropezienne delights.  I always buy a Tarte Tropezienne!  I also buy Les Tropezienne sandals here too.

A fashion lovers favourite and my favourite too? The Dior Restaurant and shop. Stop by for a coffee or lunch.

What to Wear for Men

Now….. for all the men reading this…… you need to make an effort too! I must admit French and Italian men have a cool super vibe totally nailed! A short sleeved shirt, long Shorts and Deck shoes ALWAYS look good. A too tight T over baggy board shorts, not so much! Here are the perfect shorts for you. Perfect for exploring, walks and an al fresco lunch.

PHOTO: SUPERDRY shorts, click on the photo

A few colourful Polo shirts, shorts, thongs (by Thongs, I mean FlipFlops for your feet …… please don’t buy a Bikini thong!!), deck shoes, Vilebrequin Swim shorts, Beige Chinos, blazer and you have nailed the South of France look.

How about this gorgeous Brics for a carry on case?  My old Samsonite looks a bit tatty and I would love this beauty!  Do you like it?  Click on it take you to Amara store another favourite of mine.

I’m thinking about buying this too…. its on my wishlist!  I’m not sure though, not the most practical colour is it?

I have written a blog for ‘What to Wear’ in Monaco too, here is the link:

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