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Need help here - I am 47 ....normal size but far from beach body perfect (there will be no bikini)...invited to my younger sisters 40th with her even younger, skinnier girlfriends - we will have a luxury villa with pool for a week....and go out to upmarket bars etc. I want to look cool, stylish, etc -- I have zero beach holiday clothes (we go on activity holidays) - tell me what I need and should wear for each part of the day - and send me links to stuff I can buy on line now...I am thinking mostly white - with silver accessories and everything full length...send me your inspirational photos...
Have a look at Facebook and see if you can see any of your sisters friends holiday photos and get an idea of what they wear? I actually found maxi dresses not very flattering on me and some fabrics made me hot and sweaty round my legs. Those pj type loose cotton trousers were useful on my holiday when I needed to keep my heat rash covered legs covered, I took them incase I got too many bites on my legs. Denim shorts are also a must.
I think you need to start with your biknis and work from there. So personally I wouldn't go for a white bikini but navy would work with well with white and silver.
I'd then look for some kaftan/cover up type thing - there will be loads coming into the shops soon. If you want to spend ��� then yes to Heidi Klein or Melissa Odabash but Zara, the white co and even m&s have done some great cover ups in the past few years. Just avoid polyester.
For shorts, I love J Crew - especially these which would look great in white.
But as its still a bit early for summer stuff, if I were you I'd start a pinterest board and start pinning anything you like the look of now and then try and find similar things as they come in the shops.