Some of my evening outfits from our cruise.
Dress: Phase Eight (charity shopped) Shoes: New Look (charity shopped) Earrings Debenhams.
Dress: Phase Eight Cardigan: M&S (charity shopped) Watch: Debenhams Jade Earrings: Bought in Hong Kong a couple of years ago
Dress: M&S Shoes: Alexon (charity shopped) Earrings: Bought in Tenerife last year
Top: Phase Eight Skirt: Alexon (belonged to my mother) Shoes: New Look (charity shopped) Earrings as before
Chiffon Blouse: charity shopped Trousers: charity shopped Shoes: Carvela Pearls: Bought in an antiques shop in Bridport this summer.
Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my cruise wardrobe. Dressing up was such good fun!
I think it’s quite tricky to pack for a hot weather city break because you have to consider temperature, comfort and of course, style. You can’t simply pack as you would for a summer holiday as you may want to visit churches and museums but on the other hand, you want to be put together as opposed to any old t-shirt and jeans.
Here, I’m wearing a cotton tunic from White Stuff which is cool, but covers up a fair bit. The silk scarf is from East and is great for holidays as it weighs nothing and can be used for day or evening.
I usually take a cross body bag when in big cities as I like to feel that my purse and camera are secure.
I take both flat sandals and trainers if we are walking around a big city, so that I can swap to sandals early evening and give my toes some breathing space!
What’s your failsafe city sightseeing outfit?
This is one of my charity shop buys: a gingham Wrangler shirt dress which I picked up for a couple of quid. I have a really compulsive charity shop habit and can’t pass one – I have to go in! I look for quality items then after a few wears, I re-donate for someone else to have a bit of fun with them. It gives my wardrobe a bit of a boost without costing me a fortune.
The photo is taken in Ness Gardens on the Wirral which we visited last week. Isn’t the planting just fabulous!
I’m quite sad that white linen pants are no longer ‘of the moment’ because I used to rely on them so heavily for sightseeing holidays. Cool and comfortable, they went with everything and I think that’s the thing that contributed to their demise. Everyone wore them and we got sick of them.
I no longer own these pants, instead I wear white or blue jeans, or khaki harems, but none of them quite hit the mark for something like this day in Bilbao. Jeans: too hot, khaki, too casual. Do you see what I mean?
Now I could rock a frock, but when you go on holiday with my husband, you have to be prepared to walk miles and miles, so a dress doesn’t always work. And before you suggest shorts, go and wash your mouth out with soap! Shorts will never be a part of a short, slightly overweight, freckly, pale skinned girl’s wardrobe. Got it?
So, if I do perchance see a pair of white linen wide legged pants (no elasticated waist or drawstrings please) then I will be snapping them up for my summer holidays. I’d like them to be petite length, reasonably thick cotton and good quality (no-one needs to see my knickers). Anyone out there stocking them?
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.
What are your thoughts on frocks ladies?
By the time we get into our fifties, most of have developed our own sense of style and know what works and what doesn’t. The danger with this, is that you can sleepwalk through your wardrobe buys, getting the same thing over and over, so that when you look back at your holiday photos you might as well have been wearing the same outfit for twenty years.
I like to try new shapes and styles, but I do have a basic set of rules in my head to avoid too many mistakes.
- My wardrobe basics are: Black patent good quality leather boots, black leather jacket, Breton stripes, cashmere in pretty colours, black cigarette pants, bright tees with long or 3/4 sleeves, silver sandals, dark jeans, silver clutch, oversize tote, mini shoulder bag. These take me almost anywhere and I add accessories to put my stamp on them.
- Wear some colour. Pure monochrome does me no favours any more and a pop of colour lifts any outfit.
- Worn or boyfriend jeans just don’t work any more – I look more ‘allotment’ than ‘catwalk’ in them, so dark denim or white jeans look smarter. The cut matters. Nothing low rise, but equally, not too high waisted if you want to avoid the granny look. Very skinny skinnies just look ridiculous, so a bootleg, flare or straight works better.
- Printed pants now equal PJs. I bought some this year, thought I looked great ’til I saw the photos – I looked like I’d just popped downstairs for my shredded wheat.
- I love a boho vibe, but don’t overdo it (with the exception of holidays when I indulge big style). One boho piece per outfit is enough then keep the rest simple.
- Demure is now a good look, so no boobs and legs, but on the other hand, don’t want to be twinset and pearls either, so have one edgy thing per outfit.
- Accessorise with maybe one huge ring or necklace, but not loads all at once. I feel that this is my time to wear fabulous statement jewellery.
- Only wear shoes you can walk in. I have so many pretty shoes in my wardrobe, but they go nowhere. Nothing looks more ridiculous than teetering in stupid shoes. Good quality and comfort matter.
- Sequins and sparkle – I love them and will never give them up, but as with boho, not too much at once and keep jewellery to the minimum when wearing sparkle.
- Buy quality handbags – even if they come from a charity shop!
- Cashmere – if I see it on sale, I buy it. I’m building a cashmere collection and so far I still have every piece I ever owned. Handwashing and proper care means they will last and get softer with time. Most of mine comes from M&S.
- Prints-I accept that they have a short lifespan and move them onto the charity shop after a few wears. Nothing looks sadder than a washed out print that you’ve had for donkey’s years.
- Dresses – I love the simplicity of a dress and for an occasion you can’t go wrong with Phase Eight.
- Gym wear – stays in the gym. Leggings serve no useful purpose outside of Zumba, yoga or Pilates.
- Charity shops – I search them for stylish classic pieces and give back by donating once I’m fed up with something.
I love reading style rules, so if anyone has any, please share.
Once a year, I indulge my love of boho fashion with two weeks in beautiful Mallorca. It’s time to kick off the shoes, read a few books and wear stuff that doesn’t see the light of day in the UK.
I just love these harem pants which I bought in Lanzarote and they are so comfy and cool for the beach.
I’m a cover up girl – all factor 50 and fake tan, so you won’t catch me in any bikini shots any time soon!
I have a few favourites from East, including this navy batik sundress which is great over your cossie.
I also love this silk skirt, also from East, which is years old (and don’t tell anyone, has a tear in it) but I can’t bear to part with it.
This year, we travelled with friends, so I’ll be sharing some of my friend Linda’s fashion style on the blog soon!