I took a pair of Warehouse navy blue shorts, a short blue skirt, and a red knee-length chiffon skirt. To mix and match with those bottoms, I packed an assortment of tops and shirts in cotton, linen and silk. I don't wear strappy tops or sundresses in the daytime in hot countries, as I need the sun protection. I did wear the Jaeger silk tunic again that I wore last year to visit the Alhambra in. It's earned its money that tunic!
Shirt by Heartbreaker, skirt Cynthia Rowley I think from TK Maxx.
Linen top from Laura Ashley (thrifted), same skirt as above
Shirt by Tokyo Laundry (thrifted), shorts by Warehouse (thrifted)
Broderie top by Primark (thrifted), skirt by Pretty Vacant (bought in a proper shop!). Animated expression due to Marilyn moment with a sudden draft!
Silk top from Monsoon, via Ebay
I took two bikinis. It's always handy to have one drying while you wear the other one. You've seen them both before, a white postcard print one from New Look and a pink paisley one by Pistol Panties. For beach cover ups, I took the long-sleeved white shirt I took last year. I also bought a bargain beach dress from the local French Connection outlet for just £9, reduced from something ridiculous like £70.
The bargain beach dress from French Connection
Simple ultra-light cotton white shirt from Gap (thrifted)
Bikini from New Look (a few years ago)
This year's sun hat was a new charity shop purchase from our Portmeirion trip. It has a brim that can be folded in different ways, which was really handy (I totally went a bit St Trinian's one day with plaits too!). I took two pairs of sunglasses, the massive white ones, and the smaller pink ones. I also took two pairs of almost identical flat leather sandals with pretty flowers on, in different colours. Heels were wedges (cobbled streets); one tan leather, the other green, yellow and red.
My beach bag was an Elizabeth Hurley one, £2 from the charity shop. I also took the tooled leather shoulder bag I took last year. The final daytime accessory that was indispensable was the headscarf. I took three, but it was the plain red one I wore most. Note to self, to buy more in plain colours.
Turning the brim up all the way around for my St Trinian's look!
Sandals from La Redoute (this year)
Last year's La Redoute sandals
Reproduction Hollywood sandals, via Facebook group
I didn't wear all of my day tops. I had a yellow gingham top that had too much of a plunging neckline for daytime (I need to cover up in the sun!). Other tops I didn't wear included a red and white Hawaiian print sleeveless shirt, and a coral tie-waist short-sleeved shirt. Both I would have got around to I'm sure if our holiday had been longer, we were only there for a week. Oh, and there was a Banana Republic white top that I didn't wear, as even though it was cotton it was a bit thick for the hot, hot, hot weather.
What would I do differently next holiday?
- Buy more supportive sandals for daytime. The flat sandals have no arch support and gave me achey feet after a while.
- Take flip flops. I forgot, and had to use the older flat sandals on the beach, which was a faff.
- Buy another beach cover up. I really loved that French Connection dress!
- Take more headscarves in plain colours.
- Buy (or make?) another pair of shorts in a plain colour. The ones I took got a bit grubby after a few days of spilling sunscreen on them and me sitting on dusty, sandy walls.
Special shout out to Not Dressed As Lamb, who I'm linking up with this week for their #iwillwearwhatilike tag!