With holiday season now fully underway, minds are a flutter with images of towering palm trees, turquoise infinity pools and candy stripe loungers. Whether you’re going far a field or staying closer to home, everyone’s in need of a dose of summer sunshine.

First are foremost, this trend is all about a stylish sun umbrella. You can go for a traditional, striped canvas if you’re craving a nautical feel or a colourful, fringed number if you’re feeling a little bit retro.  Sbumbrella has brilliant options for both styles. Raj Tent Club also has a fantastic selection if you’re looking for a parasol with an exotic feel. Fabrics range from Indian block print to embroidered Balinese silk.

Sbumbrella MirasolGray Malin Rivazzurra & Cyprus Tree

Pillows and towels are the most vital accessories and allow you to introduce colour and pattern. The wide range of options available means there is everything from bright and loud to pale and subtle. Stripes or marine-inspired prints in blue and white are an obvious choice.  If you want something bolder, yellows and corals are fun and work well as accent colours in a nautical theme.

CaptivaPortsmouth, and Salisbury Outdoor Pillows & Perennials Textured Linen Pillows

Sydney Beach Towel & Yarn-Dyed Ruana Towel

When choosing furniture, it’s important to think about how you will be using this outdoor space. Are alfresco meals and patio sundowners on the cards? Or is it all about the tanning time? Loungers and day beds are ideal. Perfect for taking in sun and cocktails!

St Martins Daybed

St Martin Sofa Daybed

Teak Sling Chairs & St Martin Daybed

Marquesas Adjustable Sunbed

Marquesas Adjustable Sunbed

While this post is called poolside chic, I’m fully aware that only a select few are lucky enough to have their very own watering hole. But who’s to say you can’t create a chic outdoor set up in your own garden or on your balcony?  There’s always the option of a paddling pool to cool off between tanning rotations!

Top photo credit: Hollywood Reporter