I don’t know about you, but when it gets hot I go into melt mode. I like to be dressed in breezy, flimsy, loose clothes and avoid anything that clings in my most wobbly places. This isn’t a case of hating my body – I don’t (see why here) – it’s more a case of wanting to be comfortable. So with this in mind I’ve put together an outfit edit of comfortable holiday clothes that won’t lose points in the style stakes. After all, the more comfortable you are, the more confident you are etc etc.
First up, it’s dresses. I’m a real dress girl in the summer, although for practical reasons (i.e. needing to bend down to pick up small children) I no longer love the mini option. The just-above-the-knee, midi and maxi lengths are my friend now I’m a mum of two. Here are some of my favourites on the high street at the moment:
(From left to right): Oasis ruffle midi dress, House of Fraser, £45 | Short sleeved kaftan style dress, La Redoute, £49 | Embroidered knee length dress, La Redoute, £27.30 | Embroidered striped dress, La Redoute, £39
(From left to right): Red embroidered dress, Next, £38 | Indria embroidered shift dress, Joules, £69.95 | Printed plisse shift midi dress, Marks and Spencer, £45
(From left to right): Striped and floral shirt dress, Zara, £39.99 | Yellow bow split front midi dress, New Look, £24.99 | Cotton dress, H&M, £34.99
For me, the secret to a successful holiday top is a loose cut, tummy skimming shape and some kind of pretty detailing – be that embroidered trim, tassels, interesting straps or cute print. I want tops that won’t make me sweat in 30 degree heat, will allow room for the huge amounts of cheese and baguette I’m likely to eat on holiday and will look equally good with a pair of shorts or a skirt, or a pair of trousers in the evening. Here are some of my favourites around this summer:
(Clockwise from top left): Printed plisse shift midi dress, La Redoute, £13 | Yolanda embroidered long sleeve top, Joules, £59.95 | Printed plisse shift midi dress, Marks and Spencer, £29.50 | Margot woven bardot top, Joules, £44.95 (currently on sale at £29.95
(From left to right): Gabrielle petal pocket tee, Joanie Clothing, £18 | Maison De Nimes stripe mix tee, House of Fraser, £39
Like the dresses, I’m all about the midi and maxi length this summer. I think Marks and Spencer has this style nailed this season – particularly with these three (the third one – this one – I’ve already bought for an upcoming wedding):
(From left to right): Pure A line midi skirt, Marks and Spencer, £22.50 | Striped A line midi skirt, Marks and Spencer, £45 | Pure cotton printed tie waist midi skirt, Marks and Spencer, £29.50
The best of the rest…
If you haven’t been here in a while you might not have noticed my new “Shop My Wishlist” section. This is a curated feed of all my favourite things I’m hankering after at the moment. You can buy all of the items directly from this site, as the wishlist is powered by Showroom. It doesn’t cost you any more money to buy from my page or direct from the seller, but I do get a small commission on any sales (it’s a bit like affiliate advertising except you don’t have to click through to any external links). Anyway, I’ve put together an edit of holiday wants, including the pom-pom sandals of dreams, and some pretty bloody lovely (and inexpensive!) sunglasses…
Loving your choices. I am all about the dresses and skirts this year. My first year.
I need that striped M&S skirt that is beaut.
It’s lovely isn’t it?!
Jane @ northernmum says
I ruined my legs through Crossfit – am now a linen trousers kinda gal!
Ooh I like a linen trouser too!