The Fash Flash: Your Holiday Wardrobe

Before my recent holiday to South Africa I found I needed to stock up on a few things and although I was looking for a few treats and a few necessary items, I realised a lot of them formed the backbone of the holiday essentials everyone needs, so I thought I’d share them here. This trip was varied with fancy restaurants and hiking in one, had the possibility of unpredictable weather, and of course, I wanted to look half decent without buying things I would never wear again. Here are my solutions…

The Bikini: Not having splashed out last year due to poor weather it was high time I picked up some new swimwear. I bought a Florence Oversize Frill Bandeau bikini in this neon coral and blue flower print, with frilled bottoms, but Accessorize have a great range of Missoni or J.Crew-esque zig zag prints or stripes too.

The pick-me-up lipstick: Remember me saying I wanted an orange-red lipstick? This one appealed because it was more of a sheen, lighter for sunny days on holiday, but also non-staining so I wouldn’t look odd after it wore off or even the next day.

The go-everywhere dress: I wore it belted, loose, with and without heels. Great investment. Second Female, Guess Dress, Atterley Road. Expect a wear-it-two-ways coming soon.

The seasonal flats: Another thing I didn’t update last year as they simply didn’t wear out. I went for on-trend metallic look silver for a change from my usual gold styles, from Topshop.

The perfect Orange-Red nail polish: Essie Meet Me at Sunset.

The travelling bag: A cross body bag in the softest grey leather, which took me from plane (roomy enough for all my essentials,) to beach, to town and beyond. I didnt worry about it being slung in the overhead locker, or by my feet in the car and it was comfortable. Although not cheap, It was simple and perfectly my style so worth the investment as my summer go-everywhere tote.

The showerproof jacket: Knowing the weather would be temperamental and I may well get wet, I bought this sunny and cheap Coated Cotton Parka from ASOS. I found out it wasn’t ‘waterproof’ in a downpour, but to be honest I don’t think much is without buying all-weather gear and I wanted something that would work in spring showers at home too. It did the job and kept me warm enough on many an evening trip out to restaurants etc when cooler weather descended.

The essential scarf: I have never invested in a quality scarf and ordered this thinking I would choose a cheaper alternative I had sen. When it came to it, the print and wool/silk mix made the quality well worth the price and I wore it non-stop for the first 4-5 days of our holiday when the weather was cooler as well as on the plane to sleep and wrap up, then later on safari. Mynuka Peacock Printed Scarf (in blue/grey), Atterley Road

Things I didn’t buy but always take with me.
1. A pair of casual trainers. I dislike planning activities ahead but like to be prepared so I always take a pair of lace ups for comfort and safety when walking up waterfalls, hiking through forests, or walking Cheetah’s 😉
2. A Hat. I forgot mine, but sorely missed my foldable straw number to keep the sun off my face on the beach and around.

So readers, will you be making any pre-holiday investments this year and do you have any must have’s for travelling?


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17 thoughts on “The Fash Flash: Your Holiday Wardrobe

    • That’s a great idea. Not sure I can bear the pain of going to look for some myself though – I love shorts but hate finding the perfect length. So depressing. My best pair ever were actually picked up out of a bargain bin at the till in H&M pre holiday a couple of years back for about £10 but am debating cutting up some old jeans this year that I like the fit of….

      • I feel the pain- desperately needed some for our holiday over Easter and I went in sooo many shops. Top shop/warehouse etc were all hideous, but eventually the winner was Diesel, not cheap but love them so much! I also found Zara and French Connection good and have bought shorts there previously too. Also if anyone is on the lookout for board shorts I recommend Superdry! X

        • I find French Connection shorts fab…I just got some white denim ones. They are not cheap but such a good fit and so comfy!

  1. Well obviously I am ignoring the ‘don’t dress in khaki because you’ll look like a tourist and don’t wear white because it scares the animals’ and wearing khakis (gap…tapered…why) and vests. And a long sleeves shirt rolled up. Just like Kate on her safari.

    Like this

    • Incidentally, the trousers are identified as Soloman walking ones. Four hours of time well spent I think.

    • Becca, unless you’re walking you’ll be in a vehicle and I wore coral jeans one day. The animals don’t blink at you anyway (don’t forget the vehicle is pretty noisy so it’s not like you’re sneaking up on them) and you’ll need layers at dusk/dawn – I was shocked by how cold it got. Normal jeans/shorts etc would be fine, I even wore a blue and white patterned skirt one afternoon.

      • We will be walking in the Delta. Plus I really like the whole khaki shirt out of Africa look. My usual breton style french country look probably (i.e. white linen) probably won’t work on a muddy dusty vehicle.

  2. Hi,

    What was the shade of Mac lipstick called? The link takes you to one called Tea Ceremony but it doesn’t look very Orangey-Red!


  3. Just had to say, how perfect for you is the name of that bikini!! Have to admit I didn’t look twice when you posted the patterned dresses previously but having seen how good that one looked with your turquoise belt in the Instagram photos I may have to look again…

  4. A post on denim shorts would go down well with me too! I would love some high waisted ones that are not bum-skimming, which seems to be the only kind I can find!

    Still loving the yellow jacket, I want something practical, stylish but not too expensive for Glastonbury. If you fancy doing a post on how to dress for 5 days in a field that would go down very well too by the way!! 🙂


    • Laura definitely try and get pac-a-mac or something waterproof for Glasto! You can’t always have an umbrella up in a crowd and there’s nothing more miserable than being soaked through and miles away from your tent! Plus I recommend taking a pashmina you can wear if it’s chilly, sit on and wrap around your face when visiting the long drop loos!

  5. And very much loving the scarf and dress – the dress looked so much nicer on you than in the picture! Love that you teamed it with the turqoise belt too! x

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