Aloha blue skies and sunshine, oh how I miss them. I’ve never really suffered with holiday blues, I am usually quite good at distracting myself until something else pops up on the calendar. Well, not this year. We returned home from Spain a few days ago to what feels like Winter two months early. I don’t think I have ever known a September to be as cold and rainy, and so on that note I am living through my camera roll and remembering the feeling of the sand in my toes and sunshine on my back.
In a bid to keep the holiday memories alive I thought I would share my favourite outfits with you. Well actually, this post is all about the swimming costumes, cover ups and other bits and bobs I wore in the day. Over the years I have become obsessed with dressing for the beach, is that really strange? I look at my beachwear as an outfit – after all I spend a larger proportion of our days on a summer holiday at the beach or wandering around a town than we do in an evening. Why was I only focussing on what I wore in the evening?
The options are endless for what to wear to the beach, whether its a floaty dress, denim shorts and a kimono or a maxi skirt. I like outfits which sit between casual and something a little stylish, a little swooshy, adding a splash of glamour and dare I say a little elegance to the day. I have never been confident having too much on show, so for wandering around the streets in the day a cover up is high on the list. I knew this year that we would spend some days exploring nearby Cities and so as the sales hit I couldn’t help but shop for cute day outfits which were lightweight but allowed me to go from the beach to stomping around the streets with ease.
And here are some of my favourites…
My boater hat from Sunshine and Shade was by far my most loved accessory, it protected my hair from all the sun damage and hid the sweaty mess I often find myself in. Although very quickly followed by my straw bag from Next. I picked this up last year and customised it this year with pom poms, as its so big it lends itself so well to a family beach bag.
What else can I tell you. I am a huge fan of the black and pink costumes I picked up from Topshop, and so reasonably priced too. I wouldn’t usually shop there for beachwear but I’m really glad I did. Since becoming a mummy I haven’t had the confidence to wear a bikini, I prefer to wear a costume but one that’s a little different, still fashionable but covers me up. I loved these two, the frilly straps on the pink one and the open back on the black one.
You can’t go wrong with denim shorts, a costume and kimono combination in my opinion. I picked up this floral one in the New Look sale, I love the colours and the length. Another favourite was this white shirt dress in the picture above from Next, this was a last minute buy – one of those impulse buys Mr H shouts at me for!
Do you have a go to style for the beach?