What do you wear on a winter sun holiday? When you are only hopping over to the Costa Del Sol, it pays to be prepared for all weathers. Last week, we had one cold day amongst all the sunshine, but luckily I’d packed a cuddly sweater and gilet which kept me warm and cosy. I try to stick to a colour scheme when packing, so blue with my thing for February. The sweater is M&S, gilet Uniqlo (these are light as a feather and pack so easily), jeans M&S, trainers Hi Tech, bag Debenhams.
Such a lot is said about double denim that most of us shy away from it as the ultimate fashion faux pas. However, I think it can work if you get the proportions and colours right. I wouldn’t wear the same shade of denim top and bottom, nor would I wear jeans with a classic denim jacket, but I think this shirt dress looks OK over a pair of dark boot cut jeans. The shirt dress is from Gap and is a great piece to have in your wardrobe for layering. The jeans are M&S and the striped tee is Henry Holland at Debenhams. Both shirt and top are long enough to wear as a dress, but, as they say, ‘not on my watch’. My knees are staying firmly covered up thank you very much. The bag is from Jasper Conran at Debenhams and the superlight trainers are from Hi Tech. I’m dressed here to go walking along the seafront at Torremolinos. We stayed there last week at the Riu Nautilus. The weather varied between 15-25 degrees from one day to the next, so layering and walking shoes were the order of the day. Anyone else like a bit of denim?
It’s pretty much a staple in everyone’s wardrobe for summer: the Breton tee. I see no reason to be different and usually buy a new one every spring/summer season.
This season my tee is what I’d class as an investment purchase, from Copenhagen label, Two Danes, which I bought in Erj, Hoole. It’s beautifully soft and hand wash only so I expect, with care, it will last me a good while. Although I’ll be putting it away for UK wear soon, it will be perfect for winter holidays when you need that extra bit of warmth.
The jeans are M&S and I’ve been wearing them all summer. The mini leather bag was a gift from a friend and is by Jasper Conran. It’s the perfect size for holidays and days out.
This year, I’ve acquired a number of shirts: a white one this summer and for autumn/winter a pink pinstripe, a grey pinstripe and a grey linen grungy affair. I do mean shirts, not blouses. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to jump on this bandwagon, but I’ve never really had shirts before. It’s always been blouses or tops and knitwear. Now I’ve started, it seems I just have to own more! They are just so versatile for layering, and they work really well with my other current favourite thing, a gilet. The pink pinstripe one here is from Two Danes. It wasn’t cheap but it feels fantastic to wear. My others have come from M&S and Topshop (yes – the grungy one, as you probably guessed). I think I like them because the v neck is flattering for big boobs, plus you can roll the sleeves and layer a few bracelets and of course they’re not clingy. They also dress up or down so for someone like me who likes to be on the move, they serve multiple purpose on holiday. Anyone else a fan?
Hands up who has two or more black cardigans? Pairs of jeans in the same style? Black kitten heels? Yep, thought so, we all make repeat purchases without chucking out the original.
I really don’t know why I do it, because once the shiny new version is in my wardrobe, the old one doesn’t get a look in, and yet there is something about an old favourite that causes separation anxiety. Usually not fit for a trip to the charity shop, they wink at you from the wardrobe and say ‘better keep me just in case’.
Recently I’ve been on a clearing out mission – in a search for that elusive A/W 15 capsule wardrobe and these are some of the things I’m willing to confess to:
Black evening dresses – they say everyone should have an LBD, but how many is too many? I have long sleeved, sleeveless, cocktail and full length, plus a lace shift, a chiffon crepe gown with a pink lining and possibly others lurking in boxes. But which ones to give to charity? I think I need them all.
Black heels – spike encrusted Carvelas, bejewelled sling backs, kitten heels, suede ones that kill me. Easy decision – they can all go except for the Carvelas (which I can barely walk in).
Sparkly toe post sandals. Don’t get me started on these. I have no idea how many I own, but too many to take on holiday and we don’t exactly live in a climate where they get much wear.
Black cardigans – three, but they are useful!
Jeans – lots, all in the same style but I only wear a couple of pairs in rotation.
Sparkly tops – can’t resist buying more but never have time or the occasion to wear the ones I have.
Coats – too many! But I have made a start on donating these. Still find it hard to chuck my old day to day coats – even though I look like an itinerant in some of them.
Gilets – my most common repeat buy. I love them! I have long, short, wool, denim and certainly don’t need them all.
Conversely, there are some things that I need, I hardly ever buy, namely trousers. I have short legs and a longish body so trousers rarely look good on me and I’m reluctant to buy them online because I can’t be faffed sending them back. I have only one pair of black cotton trousers which are all but worn out, yet I can’t find a replacement. I also need shirts, but finding the right one when you are 34DD is not easy – I want them long in the body with no gape at the boobs, but don’t have much success.
Ho hum, I love all this sartorial dilemma stuff really!
Hurray for the chance to wear a frock for everyday – not just for a special occasion. The only time I ever wear a dress normally is for a night out, an occasion such as a wedding, or on holiday overseas, but something about a British summer gives me permission to rock a frock just for hanging about. This one is from M&S and cost £34 in this year’s summer sale. The pink cardi was £6 from Primark and the bag was £50 from Lakeland Leather (reduced from £109 in the sale). The great thing about this dress is that its crinkly material takes no ironing and it can be used and abused and still look OK.