What to Wear: Holiday layers…

Over the last few months it’s fair to say I’ve been working my way through new trends, trying them out and sharing them with you, along with making quite a few new purchases. However, come this time of year my spending habits tend to shift away from fashion, for a couple of reasons. Of course, the sales are looming and unless it’s a good quality basic or essential I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of, it feels foolish to splurge with the sales around the corner. This summer has been so poor, a lot of the high summer trends just aren’t worth attempting, (tropical prints in the rain anyone?) and before we know it the Autumn/Winter’12 trends will be filling the rails. As a result, I’m doing what any normal girl does, recycling. So you’re going to be seeing a few of the items I’ve already shared in different combinations or for different occasions over the coming weeks. I hope it inspires you to reconsider your classic items alongside this seasons new pieces and extends your wardrobe that bit further into the Autumn, a little like this print clash I shared earlier in the week.

This morning’s what-to-wear is a bit of an exercise in holiday versatility. I do enjoy honing a holiday wardrobe down to the bare, hardworking essentials but honestly, it’s not because I love planning outfits, it’s altogether more mundane than that. Firstly, I HATE washing when I get back from holiday. The only think worse is washing all the items that you didn’t wear or need. Secondly, I hate taking a huge case. Its a pain to lug about and who wants to go over the luggage limit? Particularly when there’s shopping to be done when you get there. 😉

Dress (seen as skirt) Zara // Jumper – Florence and Fred // Wedges (old) – Aldo // Bag – Mulberry //

So, although you have already seen today’s main items, this amazing £12 steal of a summer jumper from Florence and Fred at Tesco, layered over this digital print bodycon dress, from Zara. I just added a pair of casual wedge heels in tan leather and a metallic bag, keeping it neutral as there was already a lot going on with the skirt. A pearlescent skinny belt picked out the lilac in the skirt and toned with the jumper to give the top half some shape and smarted up the outfit.

I wore this on the first evening we arrived in San Francisco. I was tired and it was really quite windy but we wanted to make the most of the first evening and headed out to explore the Embarcadero. I knew I wouldn’t want to change again for dinner and we wanted something quite casual, but of course, it was the first night of holiday, so I wanted to look nice. As you do 😉

A good friend of mine does this all the time and I’m always inspired by the flexibility she gets out of her wardrobe by layering, so I was pretty pleased to pull it off with this outfit. Packing wise it’s a double score. The jumper got worn again for sight-seeing the next day and the dress came out for a night out in Vegas. And I had less washing when I got home 😉

Hope you like it readers, and it inspires you to look at how you can combine and get more out of your wardrobe…


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10 thoughts on “What to Wear: Holiday layers…

  1. I love this – it’s something I’ve started doing too. I love how versatile that dress is and I also LOVE it with those gorgeous wedges.

  2. I’m all about the layering… Love this post, it inspired me to throw a last minute jumper into my bag for Portugal this morning. Although as we’re only taking hand luggage I’ll have to put it on over the top of the twenty-five other tops I’ll be wearing to the airport to save space….


  3. Love this outfit. You look so chic.

    I’m beginning to think I cuold really do with your help packing for my honeymoon next week, I feel totally overwhelmed at the prospect!

    Franky xxx

  4. Not sure this will help for Martin and I’s cheap sunshine break in July which will involve bikini’s and shorts at the most, but it will definitely come in handy for the monster road trip we are planning to America for later on in the year.

    Clearly my packing mantra then will have to be “layers”!


  5. Ha! I can see why you panicked for a second when I sent you this. I’ve seen Blair do this a couple of times with a peplum top, which looks ace, and have even been known to layer up a bit myself. I think it’s such a good way to get more mileage out of your wardrobe. I’m on shopping lockdown at the moment so anything that helps mix up what I’ve already got is a winner with me.

    • Ha! It was the way you phrased it – something about layering with a Zara dress and I thought, ‘surely not!‘ But then it would have been pretty cool to be just, you know, naturally dressing like Blair!


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