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I'm off to grab canaria in August. It's the first time of having a beach holiday in 12 years and quite frankly I've lost my way and have no idea what to wear!
I'm 43 size 12/14 hourglass with huge 30hh boobs. I'm looking for a couple of day outfits (my legs are quite big I think so don't really suit shorts) and a couple of evening outfits. What do you wear to the beach apart from bikini
Budget is small ish. Think matalan, next, new look. Please help!
On beach holidays I just like basics that I can jazz up with statement jewellery in the evening. New look and gap have some nice maxi dresses and tunic dressed which are great for throwing on top of bikinis when walking to/ from beach or going for lunch.
Primark had some good cotton kaftans today which are great to throw over a bikini, I wasn't so keen on the New Look ones as all synthetic and I thought sweaty. Or I throw on short cotton dresses with metallic sandals. For evenings I have a jumpsuit I saw some good ones at Tu at Sainsbury's recently, I love plain mix and match outfits with funky jewellery.
I think the biggest mistake is to take all new stuff because you don't know how it's going to wear and if you'll be comfortable in it. I'd suggest adapting a few items you already own and love with a small few new bits. I've been wearing in sandas for my holiday and discovered the colour, which I thought was going to be fun, was really off putting so I've ordered some dye and they'll be ready in time. Also, pack light!
I live in dresses on holiday as I don't like shorts either (too hot and sweaty).
Next have plenty of jersey dresses that are ideal for throwing on over a swimsuit or could be worn in the evening. Boden also have lots of choice for dresses - wait for their sales/discounts - and also have great returns - order lots of different styles and send back things that don't work for you.
Don't leave it too late though - by July the shops will be getting their autumn stuff in!
As a fellow booby lady I find jersey dresses are ideal for throwing on over swimwear during the day but equally fab with wedges, a clutch and statement jewellery for the evening. Dorothy Perkins, H&M, Boden and Zara are all good.
I capsule wardrobe for the Canaries, mine usually is this: 2 bikinis, interchangeable tops and bottoms Tankini top Cotton beach cover-up )just below hip level) Hat Shorts 2 t-shirt dresses (walking to pool/ beach) 3 vest tops Loose trousers (either palazzo pants or 7/8 cropped) 2 or 3 loose chiffon tops Tube skirt Floaty skirt 2 t-shirts Cotton cardigan Wide cotton scarf Dress for a smarter dinner. Flip flops, fit flops, sparkly heels. Hamman towel (very useful- beach towel, cover for snoozing child, wrap if the weather suddenly changes) All fits in carry on luggage. Mine are all navy/ white/silver so everything goes with everything else. (The exception is my hat- a leather bush ranger job as I need to keep the sun off my face).