With the final installation of my student loan about to drop, I really should be thinking about rent, bills and being able to eat something other than jacket potato every day for lunch. But in reality, all I can think about is splashing out on fabulous holiday wear for my upcoming long weekend in Barcelona this July.
When it comes to summer style, I have to admit, I am a total chameleon. I chop and change between girly and sophisticated, and urban cool, and just plain summery fun. This collection of pieces hints more towards the latter styles on that list, but most importantly, they jumped out at me as fun, wearable and sexy pieces that I can’t wait to work into my holiday look!
Bikinis are tricky territory for me. The fit, style and colour all have to be just right. This pink and white striped set, £22 altogether, from Accessorize, is pretty much perfect on all those fronts. As far as one-pieces go, I adore this sexy floral one, £28, Accessorize. And if you’re one for splashing out (excuse the pun) then this scenic-print bikini, £128 by We Are Handsome at Net-a-Porter, really is just the ticket.
Eccentric eye wear is all the rage right now. Unfortunately, seeing as I’m severely shortsighted, my choice when it comes to sunglasses is pretty limited. If it wasn’t, though, I’d definitely be going for these sexy Mango sunnies, £23, from ASOS.
Cover-up on the beach in style in this printed sleeveless tee, £20, Miss Selfridge. The bold L.A. print adds a fun, urban slant to your sexy beach look. I’d wear it with washed-out denim short shorts and tie it up at the midriff. And I’d buy into the tropical trend with this bright bralet, £14.99, New Look – too cheap to miss!
Beach accessories – also a very important part of any holiday look. As far as bags go, I’ll be resisting the urge to go all-out for the 90s with a fannypack…instead, I’ll be opting for this practical but totally cool ice-cream printed rucksack, £35, ASOS. There really is nothing NOT to love. And when it comes to keeping cool while I’m sunbathing on the seafront, this flamingo print, heart shaped fan, Accessorize, is a steal at £2.50.
Headbands are a great way to keep beach hair at bay whilst incorporating a totally stylish accessory into your look. Baroque prints do scare me a little when they’re printed all over a garment of clothing, but on this pretty headband, £8, Topshop, they’re a style match made in heaven!
Jelly shoes were your friend as a kid, and now they’re back for the reunion. These purple jelly sandals, £6, Boohoo, are cute and fun, and ideal for the beach. For evenings, I’ll be stepping out in something a little more grown up, but just as friendly to heat-stricken feet: the ever-dependable wedge. I’ve had my eye on these floral print wedges, £27.99, New Look, for a while now, so I might just treat myself.
So there you have it – the first part of my dream holiday style. Rent, food and bills money aside, I might just be able to make some of it a reality!