Phase 8 have been running a blogger competition for the past month, with the brief to create your dream holiday wardrobe choosing 5 key pieces from the website, in order to win £250 to spend in-store! I have decided to base my choices on a rather patriotic theme, as I am now just over 7 months pregnant so will not be travelling to any tropical, faraway islands this year, and instead will be holidaying in one of my favourite places, North Devon. What better location to rock some typically British red, white and blue pieces!?
So these are my five chosen pieces from the website, and this is why I love them:
I fell in love with this cute little number the moment I scrolled down the page; I love the fact they are blue poppies rather than red, which gives the dress a slight quirky twist but remaining classy with the shape and style. Also, since discovering I am expecting a boy, I seem to be drawn to blue clothing a lot more these days! I would wear this dress for travelling down in the car or by train, as it would provide bump and I with comfort and support, with the loose jersey material. It is also the perfect pregnancy dress with the subtle wrap detail at the front, which is always a very flattering style over a bump. I am quite a stickler for not wearing the same outfit twice, (although that has eased a bit since being pregnant) but I love this dress so much that I would wear it again a few days into my holiday as a comfortable shopping outfit and lunching in a cute seaside cafe.
How I would style it: White espadrille wedge sandals, a big floppy hat, black sunnies, a straw beach bag and simple pendant necklace to complete the English Riviera effect.
Next up is this gorgeous classy, champagne fitted dress which again I thought would be rather flattering over the bump due to the side ruching. It epitomizes elegant simplicity, making it the perfect dress for dining out, over looking the sea and sipping (mock)tails on a hazy summers evening. When holidaying abroad I tend to live in bright and patterned maxi dresses, even when eating out at night, so it would make a nice change to wear something a little more chic and glamorous in the evening on my British holiday.
How I would style it: With the blue angora bolero adjacent, a pair of modest heeled ankle strap sandals to stay in keeping with the delicate style, a pair of pearl earrings and matching bracelet, jewelled clutch bag and to finish off a slick of red lipstick and a slightly messy updo.
I absolutely adore this cornflower blue angora bolero! I am an absolute sucker for anything a little bit fluffy, especially with a little bit of glitz thrown in, and this little beauty is no exception; and at such an amazing price! I always pack a few lightweight cover ups when going away - especially for an English get away, so this would be an ideal addition to the Petrina dress to keep snug during dinner, as well as to any other day time outfit if the seaside air got a tad chilly.
How I would style it: Firstly with the Petrina dress for dinner, but also with a plain white maxi dress, or white cami and denim shorts for a subtle luxe edge, plus some metallic silver sandals.
This pretty loose fitting dress would be ideal for keeping cool for a walk along the beach, or heading out to do a little touristy sightseeing. The silk adds a feeling of luxury while the jersey lining would provide much needed comfort and easy movement if walking a little more than usual. The subtle pleat detailing at the hem also adds a little interest, while keeping it sweet and simple, making it the perfect item to accessorize differently with each wear.
How I would style it: With a cropped denim jacket, gold sequin sandals, gold bangles, statement necklace, cream leather shoulder bag and a casually messy top knot.
Finally, a lightweight, easy to throw on kimono is an essential item in my holiday wardrobe. It provides a little extra something to the simplest of outfits, creating an effortless vibe. They are handy for providing a little relief on the shoulders if it is especially hot, or for an extra layer should the weather be slightly cooler. I simply love this classy dandelion print which would be extremely versatile with most outfits.
How I would style it: With a pair of ankle grazer skinny jeans and royal blue camisole, or over a bodycon blue maxi dress, tan wedges and tan bag, with oversized sunnies and a selection of quirky rings.
Check out the website here to conjure up your own dream holiday wardrobe!
What do you think of my choices?