M&S asked me to write about my holiday wardrobe and as I’m just about to book a much-needed vacation, this is a useful way of planning ahead. Mr That’s Not My Age will be pleased to have a little extra space for his walking sandals… For a week in the sun, I try to travel light. There’s really no need to pay excess baggage when you rotate the same things over a couple of days.
Here are a few of my summer style essentials, in partnership with M&S:
The essential tunic (first photo)
I went to Mallorca once with a friend and we had to take it in turns to visit Palma Cathedral. We’d come straight from the beach, wearing vest tops and shorts and she was the only one with a long sleeved cover up. Since then I’ve always carried an essential tunic.
The go-anywhere culottes (first photo)
Culottes tend to polarize opinion but… I like them. This lightweight denim pair from Autograph is an excellent replacement for the faded, jersey culottes I usually take on holiday. In fact, most of my holiday clothes only see the light of day when we’re away, but this outfit is definitely chic enough to wear at home.
The easy-going denim shirt
One of my go-to holiday items is a loose-fitting, lightweight denim shirt. This is good for travel and for throwing on to before/after the beach. I take a kaftan too but find the easy-going shirt easier to change under. Choose one long enough to wear on its own over a bikini.
The patterned bikini
I’ve been winging it with saggy old swimwear for the last couple of holidays but this year, I really do need a new bikini. I usually take two: one in plain black and then something a bit brighter, like this fluorescent leopard print number from Limited Edition. With matching big pants. Perfect.
The slouchy t-shirt
Gotta love a slouchy t-shirt, I wear mine over a maxi skirt or fancy pants for one of my favourite holiday activities: popping to and from the hotel buffet. Good for covering shoulders in the midday sun, too.
The relaxed trouser
My legs are not what they used to be and so I always take a pair of lightweight, drawstring pants. Perfect for covering up the varicose veins, and for cycling in. We like to hire bikes and have been known to cycle in the searing Sicilian heat, in July. Throw a sweatshirt or denim jacket over this outfit and it’s ideal for travel, too.
The black maxi dress
The best thing for a holiday evening. That’s all.
Photos: Dvora @Fashionistable. A very special thank you to Brockwell Lido for allowing us to shoot around the pool.
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