When it comes to packing for holiday, I struggle. It’s safe to say that I’ll always push the limits of my luggage allowance (as well as anyone else’s) because I like to have as many options as possible.
I’ve already posted almost every one of these photos on Instagram. For that reason I debated whether throwing this post together was worthwhile. Ultimately I decided that yes, it was; for holiday wardrobe inspiration as well as a more concise style snapshot of my time in the Dominican.
I love almost everything about warmer weather and that includes the endless possibilities which summer fashion allows. I know that a lot of people crave the cosiness of winter but for me, nothing beats shedding layers and throwing on dresses instead.
THE EFFORTLESS PASTEL
Recognise the trousers? In their recent blog debut, I claimed that the Topshop Power Suit was incredibly versatile. It has effortlessly transitioned from wedding chic to street style, to an effortless pastel addition to my holiday wardrobe. I’m determinedly racking up its cost per wear, just as I promised.
THE TROPICAL HOLIDAY PRINT
Tropical print is only fitting for, well, any tropical holiday, right? Pair with ripped jeans for an effortlessly casual look, but for comforts sake, don’t wear them for too long in the heat. This cute little tee is from H&M but despite buying it only recently, searching for it on their website for the best part of half an hour came to no avail.
THE STAPLE DRESSES
I fell in love with this white, button up beach dress on first sight. Unfortunately it’s another H&M store bought number, so again, it’s one that I’ve not managed to link. If you’re medium to big chested I’m probably doing you a favour by not linking it anyway. Despite looking like the perfect white dress, the button up detail paired with material without give is quite frankly, a bit of a nightmare.
This is one of my favourite purchases of the season. Both the shoulders and waist feature tie up details which allows for easy adjustments, making for a flattering dress on any body shape, only enhanced by the vertical stripes. It’s light material kept me cool throughout warm Dominican evenings and I already know that I’ll get so much further wear out of it this summer alone. Once the British weather finally accepts that it is, in fact, summer, of course.
Although any holiday is the perfect excuse to do a little shopping, I’m really working on achieving a more sustainable wardrobe. The pretty pink number is a staple which I bought from Topshop last year. I didn’t wear it too much because of the long sleeves but it’s such an easy to wear little wrap dress.
I feel like I’ve already worn out my use of ‘this is one of my favourite purchases of the season’. I don’t own too many mini dresses because I tend to find that although weather appropriate, most are a little too revealing for my liking. This one is a great length and is modest in showing a little leg but not too much chest. It’s front panel which ties into a side buckle detail doesn’t only make for a more interesting design but also adds a little extra cover over the stomach: Read, you can look great in a figure-hugging dress and not worry about eating too much holiday all-inclusive. I’m telling you, this dress is a gift that keeps on giving. (I paid £32 but it’s now on sale for £19.00)
The Staple Sandal
You’d never guess how many pairs of shoes I actually took to the Dominican. Clue: More than triple the two pairs I’ve shown off here. The flats were a Steve Madden TK Max find and make an incredible dupe for the infamous Hermes Oran sandal. I can’t find the white ones online but they do have the yellow colourway left.