Tuesday, July 21, 2015

7 Tips for Holiday Dressing

Holiday dressing is something I'm asked about a lot and, whilst most of the time I can be found wearing a sweaty bikini and an uncomfortable grimace, I do have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that should make life in the sun a little easier. Without further ado...

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As you may already have noticed, headbands are my ultimate holiday(/life) saviour. They add instant sass to an outfit that otherwise says 'I'm sweaty and I can't be arsed with life' and craftily cover up the unavoidable post-sunscreen greasy hairline.

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I'm a fan of layering up jewellery all year round, but I think when you're abroad you can really go to town with it; tanned fingers and stacked rings are as pleasing a combo as peanut butter and jam. And while we're at it, jazz up those fingernails! Between that and the jewels, you'll have a constant sum' sum' going on without even having to give any thought to it. These stripy nails were a mere £1 from Primark and lasted me for almost a whole week in Greece.

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A massive must. Invest in some gaddam comfortable shoes. I like to split my time between exploring and relaxing on holiday (we're talking a 20:80 split here) and have made the mistake in the past of picking up some pretty sandals without trying them on only to be left convinced by the end of the first day that I'll never walk again. Comfy. Shoes. People.


I'm not talking invest as in money (be my guest, though), but invest as in time. Take a while finding a pair that makes your heart go boom because those badboys are going to be your most worn purchase the whole time you're away.

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So, the last thing you want to waste time doing on holiday is worrying about what you're going to wear each day, yes? But equally you don't want to come home filled with regret that you spend the entire week in an old sarong. The solution is simple: find an every day basic that you feel comfortable but nice in and - most importantly - can layer to make different outfits each time. For me it's dungarees; I'll throw them on over bikinis and vests during the day and often at night as well with a little crop top (although only at the beginning of the holiday because by the end, y'know... sweat).

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Aside from the previously mentioned sunglasses, your bikini's going to be up there with your most-worn purchase of the week. Shop around, find which shape suits you best and - remember - there's no such thing as too crazy a print. A prize-winning tip for you: bring a bikini in your hand luggage just in case - GAD FORBID - the airline lose your bags. My Mum told me this when I was younger and it's stayed with me ever since!

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I feel bad for even mentioning this but - whispered voices - sun is never 100% guaranteed on your holiday. Gasp shock horror, I know. It's easy to get carried away packing lots of itty bitty shorts and crops, but make sure and pack - or at least fly in - something that you can throw on in the face of severe chilliness or rain. My favourite for this is a kimono; nice and easy to roll up, leaving you plenty more space for your 5000 bikinis.

And there we have it, my top holiday dressing tips! If you've got any crackers of your own then please do share.


(I've just had someone ask why there are pebbles on my kimono in the last photo and I can't stop laughing - the kimono's split at the back which has resulted in one of man's greatest optical illusions. Well, one of man's optical illusions)