Sunday, 18 September 2016

What I Wore on Holiday: Evening Wear

I'm back with part two of what I wore on holiday.  Last time I shared my day wear with you, but today it's evening wear.  For me, that's all about dresses.  It's no secret that my husband and I love nothing better than getting dressed up to the nines, and we both deliberated quite a bit about what to wear in the evenings when out on the town.  Items were in and out of the suitcase in the days before we left!  We were going for seven nights, so in the end I was restrained and took seven dresses for the evenings.  Here you go.  I've sneaked a few photos of my husband in as well, because he scrubs up very well.

On the first night I wore my Whispering Ivy dress (seen before here), which is perfect for warm weather.  The fabric has a tad stretch too, so it's good for eating.  I accessorised with a big red bow in my hair, and I wore some metallic ballet flats that I'd worn on the plane.  It was only a Wednesday night, and we were just hitting a few low key tapas bars, but like I say - we can't help ourselves!

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Dress from Whispering Ivy, ballet flats from George at Asda. Bag and scarf thrifted.

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The second night's choice was the gingham Audrey dress by Lindybop.  Another light and airy fabric, I teamed it with my vintage green beads, colourful wedges, and the red headscarf tied around my ponytail.

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Dress by Lindybop, wedges from a Facebook group.  Bag and scarf thrifted.

On the third night - a Friday - I had planned to go for a more grown up look and wear my Marlene dress from Tara Starlet.  The top half is fairly snug, with criss-cross straps that you have to wiggle your head through, as the dress zips up the side rather than down the back.  You can probably see where this is going.  I wiggled, I giggled and then struggled.  I was trapped!  I'd applied body moisturiser after coming out of the shower, and along with having just blow-dried my hair and the outside temperature having not fallen much below 30 degrees Celsius, my skin was a little... clammy.  The synthetic lining of the dress stuck to me like glue.  My husband had to wrestle me out.  I took a breather, and then tried again, with my husband helping me extract my head from an armhole.  It was no use.  I crumpled the dress up and threw it back in the suitcase.  Instead, I wore this blue dress from a now defunct Australian pinup brand.  I'd fallen out of love with it and then rediscovered it for my birthday back in May.

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Dress from an Australian brand years ago, necklace by Erstwilder.  Sandals by La Redoute, and hair band from Primark.

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That's me and King Alfonso.  He has a rather fine moustache.

The Saturday night was a bit more laid back as we'd been out all day sightseeing and were exhausted.  I went for an Asos dress that I only ever wear once a year on holiday, as it's very short and backless too.  I wore some red vintage beads (which I snapped a few days later!  Curses!  I have all the beads so will attempt to re-string) and took a red clutch bag.

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Vintage beads (thrifted), Peacock's bag, Dune wedges, and an Asos dress (thrifted).

On the Sunday night we were heading out for a special dinner to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.  Our anniversary wasn't until the Monday, but the restaurant we wanted to dine at was closed that day, so we brought it forward to the Sunday instead.  The restaurant is one of the top ones in the town, in a beautiful setting, so we made an extra effort to glam up.  I wore the Michelle maxi dress from Collectif again (previously worn at Portmeirion here).  We had the most wonderful evening.

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Dress by Collectif, headscarf thrifted, pearl bracelet can't remember!

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On the Monday, our actual anniversary, we ended up going out for a really good  dinner again, ha!  We had thought that they were all closed on a Monday, but found one of our favourites was actually open.  I wore the Lana dress in rose print from Lindybop.

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Dress from Lindybop, clutch from Peacocks, hair band (wrapped around bun) from Primark, and sandals from La Redoute.

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The Tuesday night was our very last night, and we were being picked up by our taxi at 2:30am to get an early flight home.  I had run out of dresses, after the Tara Starlet dress disaster, and so just wore a pink full skirt with pin-up ladies on it, with a white blouse.  I am afraid I don't have any photos of it, as we were too busy making the most of our final hours eating tapas!

What would I do differently next holiday?
  • Take another pair of nice evening wedges, maybe in gold or silver.  A bit of a heel makes me feel more glam.
  • Ditch that short purple Asos dress.  I like it, and my husband likes it, but I do think it perhaps has a bit of a short waist for tall me.  I think I can do better, and find a nice '60s mini dress instead.
  • Take a spare dress!!
  • Learn some more up-do hair styles for evenings out.
Well some of these dresses will be packed away now until next summer as they don't 'winterise' very well.  Do you ever take spare 'just-in-case' outfits on holiday?  Or are you strict with your packing?


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20 comments:

  1. Love seeing that Collectif maxi on another outing, you both look fantastic. I love that your husband enjoys dressing up too! I also really liked the floral Whispering Ivy number, very cute. I'm sorry to hear about the Tara Starlet dress, sounds like a total nightmare! I most certainly do over pack for holidays. I change my mind a lot so I like having back up if I no longer feel like wearing the dress I had initially planned :P

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  2. I think you have a Tara Starlet curse!! You look so beautiful in these pictures - I especially love seeing that blue dress again. That updo with the flowers is so lovely. The sunshine suits you :) xxx

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  3. You did a great job despite the warm weather wardrobe malfunction! Ha ha! I especially like that maxi on you. You guys are such a cute couple.

    I always take at least one back up outfit. Normally two, in case of weather changes.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. Your evening dresses are all lovely, but my favourites are that flowery frock and the maxi. Aren't you guys both looking really sophisticated! xxx

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  5. the navy blue really looks amazing on you, definitely your colour xx

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  6. You guys look amazing! Brian and I are the same way - we love getting all dressed up and looking fancy out on the town.
    That's so funny about the one dress that you couldn't get on. I know that feeling! I'm glad that you had a spare, and I do love the blue on you.
    I think my favorite outfit has to be the maxi dress that you wore for your anniversary dinner. You look so glam, and it's really fun that you and your hubby matched.

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  7. I hate those linings, whenever it gets warm they are so uncomfortable! I have a few like that

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  8. Lovely evening looks! I especially love the flower crown :) It looks like you had a wonderful trip.
    The Artyologist

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  9. I rather admire your commitment to dressing up every night in a different frock! That glamorous Collectif maxi dress is my favourite.

    I get very lazy on holiday. We usually go away on our anniversary or my husband's birthday, so I might take one dress for a special dinner, but mostly I forget about my vintage vibe and just go with jeans, tees and sweatshirts!

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  10. All such gorgeous dresses on you, I do love that maxi dress by Collectif though on you! xo

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  11. Such a lovely array of outfits - how on earth did you manage to take so much with you? Kx

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  12. You guys look great!!! Love the first dress and the blue dress with the floral headband - your hair looks gorgeous. Oh and the Collectif Maxi, which I can't wait to wear this summer. I always overpack when I travel... Even if it's just overnight ah! x

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  13. Beautiful shots - My fave here is the blue dress with the flower crown.
    I really enjoy seeing well dressed couples :)

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  14. Gorgeous outfits! I love all of these (both you and your husband) and love the way you've accessorized your dresses! It's a shame about the Asos dress. I've had similar expenses for sure.

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  15. My idea of dressing up on holiday is combing my hair, I'm afraid. Too relaxed to bother.
    You both look absolutely fantastic, shattering the illusion that Brits in Span all schlep around in skanky beige cut-offs, slides and vests!
    Loving the maxi and the story of you being trapped in your dress, I've got a vintage maxi that did the same - it's scary at the time but hilarious when you think back. xxx

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  16. You look stunning in each and every dress! xx

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  17. Yes, big time! Once a Girl Guide, always a Girl Guide, so I try to be prepared for a wide range of possible events (and weather scenarios) and frequently take an extra outfit or two with me when we travel.

    Awesome looks across the board. I especially adore the Whispering Ivy and Lindy Bob dresses.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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  18. Your dress is marvelous and you are shinning with it. Kisses

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  19. You look lovely in those photos. I like the short dress, but if it isn't working for you, I can see a 1960s one looking fantastic. The peacocks clutch and Lindybop roses dress is a particularly lovely outfit.

    The Spanish always dress so nicely, I bet they really appreciate a couple of tourists who make an effort. I tend to pack light, but always have at least one nice dress for evenings in Spain. (A lot of my daywear also works into the casual evenings.)

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  20. You always seem to manage the balance between comfy holiday wear with complete elegance. Never too overdone just totally perfect! I don't know how you do it!

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