For sightseeing in Granada I wore a Jaeger silk tunic, and I had another silk tunic from Monsoon that I wore to the Plaza Espana in Seville. It's important to be cool and comfy when you're wandering around in the heat for hours on end, and to have covered shoulders for going into churches - or just to prevent sunburn in my case.
Jaeger silk tunic at the San Jeronimo Monastery.
Seville is a very smart city and I embraced dressing up for nights on the town there. I wore a J Crew silk dress and mid-century enamel necklace on our first night out, and it was the halter top and wide leg pyjama trousers (see Seville Sunset) for the second. Granada was surprisingly quite the hippy hotspot and I was overdressed on all occasions. On our first night out I wore an embellished tunic from Monsoon, and rather stupidly left the slip at home so it was a bit see-through! It was quite dark in the little streets so I think I got away with it... On the second night it turned really chilly, so I put a pair of leggings under an Asos dress and donned a cardigan. Nerja is a beach town, but the Spanish ladies who are on hols there are still the best-dressed - they are standing there in sky-high wedge heels with nicely blow-dried hair and chic dresses, whereas the Brits are the ones in strapless playsuits with tan-lines and sunburn, flip-flops and hair in a messy bun. I would like to think I made it somewhere between the two! I had a small number of dresses for evening, and a few mix and match separates - tops that went both with a skirt, and with the pyjama trousers.
Clockwise from top left: J Crew silk dress, palazzo trousers and top, Asos dress, Lily and Dot hairflowers
Above: Whispering Ivy dress
Below: Monsoon tunic
Beach/Seaside Resort Wear
For days at the beach I just had the one pair of shorts and a few lightweight shirts for covering up. I washed and re-wore a few things, such as the Monsoon silk tunic, to be a bit smarter for hopping around bars in town during the afternoon. I also had a pretty sundress for daytime that I wore on a trip to a mountain village, but I had to be extra careful with the sunscreen and keep to the shade as much as possible.
Above: Warehouse shorts, Faith wedges and Peacocks top
Below: New Look bikini
Clockwise from top left: Gap shirt, small town beach, Soulcal tie-shirt, testing the water.
Packing list summary:
For cooler weather/travelling - Denim jacket, ballet pumps, cosy cardigan, leggings, lightweight scarf.
Beach wear - 2 bikinis, scarf doubles as sarong, large beach hat, beach bag, flip-flops, long-sleeved white shirt.
City sightseeing - Silk monsoon tunic, straw hat, 1 pair shorts, Jaeger silk dress, pretty flat leather sandals.
Evening outfits - Nice dresses (silk J crew one, Whispering Ivy one, purple Asos one, Monsoon tunic, white dress), palazzo trousers, full skirt, 4 different tops, wedge heels.
Accessories - hair flowers, pink enamel mid-century necklace, 2 pairs of sunglasses.
At Malaga airport to catch our flight home. The skirt is Peacocks and was a sale bargain!
I'll echo my thoughts from last year that it's more difficult to maintain a vintage look in warm weather, and with a small baggage allowance!