19 July 2020

Summer holiday dress capsule

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I have been trying to nail the perfect summer holiday capsule for a few years now. Typical for me to finally pull it all together in the year we have chosen to stay grounded! Anyway! In case you are going abroad and looking for some packing ideas......or you just fancy having a peek at what I would have taken I thought I'd share it anyway. There is nothing new to see here - all of the dresses are from previous seasons so sadly I can't share links to them. However I have found some alternatives - just in case I had to replace any of these! 

First of all though.....the item that has really bought this whole edit together is the addition of these little sandals to my wardrobe. They go with every single one of the dresses......which make me so happy as it really means I'm trimming down the amount I pack - I can take the absolute minimum!

Greek sandals via Etsy

Along with the sandals I intended to just take one small straw bag for the evenings........just big enough to hold all the essentials! I found the bag on eBay last year......I believe it is from the brand Rouje.

Rouje bag via eBay - alternative here

Onto the dresses - I have a soft spot for little white dress for holidays......perfect for enhancing the sunshine glow! I've become quite adept at picking up bargains from Zara in the dregs of their sale. It's always worth buying and stashing them for the following year. I would keep your eyes peeled as they currently have lots of similar dresses to the ones I'm about to share and I bet as the autumn collections start to hit the shops in the coming weeks the high summer stuff will be greatly reduced! So first up is this linen mix midi dress.

Zara dress S/S19 - similar here & here

Next - another Zara dress found at the end of the sales. What's not to love about a gorgeous bit of white embroidery anglaise! Both this dress and the previous were reduced to £19.99....definitely worth keeping your eyes peeled!

Zara dress S/S18 - similar here

Now for something a little shorter. This Mango dress that I've had for 5+ years. I do love anything with a Grecian vibe! It's an easy number to just pop on over your head.....add a little Greek sandal and you are good to go! I've worn it loads.....lots of evidence over on Instagram if you scroll back over my grid!

Mango dress S/S13 or 14 - the nearest I could find here

When it comes to holiday dresses I believe Zara really are the best. I bought this maxi dress whilst in Lanzarote a few years ago. Nothing says holidays quite like a floaty white dress.

Zara dress S/S17 - similar here

This next dress is a bit more recent. Purchased last summer in & Other Stories. This one has the swish factor......it's lined so it's quite weighty. 

& Other Stories dress S/S19 - alternative here, here & here

Another dress purchased last year.....though it has featured on the blog and Instagram recently! I've had quite a lot of wear out of it lately as it is the perfect sundress. It's Star Mela via TK Maxx. I have spotted similar by Mabe Apparel - my particular favourite being this one!

Star Mela dress via TK Maxx - more purse friendly alternative here

This dress is a preloved number! Purchased at a sale organised by @one.style.list who is local to me. It's by Warehouse (can't believe they are no longer!) and it's 100% silk so a dream to wear! I swooned when I tried it on and promptly paid for it and wore it home......sign of a super purchase! I wore it home from our holiday in Greece last year as it's so comfy. Worth checking out eBay (see one here) to see if you can find one as a couple of readers contacted me to say they'd managed to still get their hands on this one!

Preloved Warehouse dress - alternative here

Another place worth checking at the end of the sales is Whistles. Their final markdowns are really good! I purchased this one at their Kilver Court outlet this time last year. More of that aforementioned Grecian theme I feel ;0)

Whistles dress S/S19 - alternative here & here

Oysho is another lovely Spanish brand akin to Zara. They are mainly known for lingerie and swimwear but also some beautiful beach cover-ups which is what I think this is. I wear it as a dress though! It has a racer-back and metallic thread running through it......a bit of sparkle in the early evening sun!

Oysho dress S/S18 -alternative here

Last but no means least......the oldest dress here. Pretty sure this dates back to 2014 (fondly remembered as bought in my early blogging days). It's a very simple, one shouldered, silky jersey sheath dress. Such a timeless shape......hence it's still coming out year after year!

Mango dress S/S13 - alternative here & here

So that's my holiday dress edit.....hope it was useful! It's quit nice to reminisce over holidays gone by!

I'll be back next time with a couple of dresses in my wardrobe that lend themselves to occasion wear.....not hopeful of too many invitations rolling in but I like to be prepared! I'll be shopping my wardrobe to pull some outfits together just incase though!

You can see me talk through my holiday choices here.

Back again soon, Michelle x


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