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ImposterSyndrome101 Mon 13-May-19 04:14:35

Ok so I am learning how to dress for my shape and what colours and cuts suit me but I need some advice.

Where can I buy nice summer sandals that won't fall apart in a week.
What type of clothing do you need for a UK coastal holiday.
Where can I find a swimming costume that supports my boobs and doesn't make me look like an elephant.
And most importantly where can I find fun comfy Pj top and short sets where the shorts cover more than just my backside.

I'm going away with friends and want to look nice.

millionaireshortie Mon 13-May-19 05:59:22

Following! Great thread - I need all this too smile

tuttifritti Mon 13-May-19 06:10:00

What is your shape? What do you normally favour? How old are you?

Dressing for the UK coast can be more miss than hit weatherwise so it would be a good idea to take layers. Can you give a clue as to where you are going? I would pack very differently for Blackpool than I would for Southwold. I would go for some light culotte trousers, shorts and jeans, a mixture of long and short sleeve T-shirt's, a blazer, skirt. Take a summer dress or two just in case.

For sandals try Kurt Geiger. I also bought a gorgeous pair of gold leather flat sandals from Dune maybe three years ago and they are still going strong.

HitMeLikeAHurricane Mon 13-May-19 06:30:08

Agree - Dune, KG or Seasalt for sandals.

Boden for flattering swimwear. Holds you in in the right places but doesn't look too obviously 'sucky-in' iyswim. I have a navy swimsuit from m and s which gives me a fab waist and perky boobs but all the ruching and general style make it look quite frumpy confused

I also recently got a nice thicker jersey tunic style dress from boden to throw over a swimsuit which I think would also look nice with white jeans.

Fat face for jumpers and breton tops. I sometimes find their prints on dresses a bit frumpy though.

I would pack:

Denim shorts
One pair smart dark denim jeans
One pair white skinnies
Couple basic tees
One dressier top
Denim skirt
Dressy dress
Casual dress
White vest tops to wear on own if hot or layer under cardi/jumper
Lightweight fitted jumper (suits my shape)
Breton top long sleeve
Navy jacket
Looser a-line jumper for relaxed comfy days
Denim jacket
Lightweight stone coloured bum covering waterproof with nipped in waist
Proper waterproof jacket and proper warm jumper/top if you're going to be doing anything really outdoorsy. Ditto proper boots or wellies
Brown suede Chelsea boots
White plimsolls/superga type shoes
Smart sandals
Casual sandals
Casual tan leather cross body day bag
Smarter shoulder strap bag for going out for dinner
Kaftan tunic (which can be worn as dress or with jeans)

I don't pack light blushgrin

HitMeLikeAHurricane Mon 13-May-19 06:36:56

Also stick with a simple colour palette so you can mix and match everything.

I usually do navy, white, touch of colours that suit me like peachy pink and pale forest green in a few tops and dresses. Then mostly tan shoes and bags.

CountFosco Mon 13-May-19 07:19:13

The most important thing is where is the coast? Cornwall requires very different packing to Shetland. If it's the latter get a good wind and rain proof coat, pack plenty woollen jumpers, jeans and trainers. You can do without sandals but 1 pair might be nice to have!

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ImposterSyndrome101 Mon 13-May-19 13:19:00

@tuttifritti I’m 24 and an hourglass shape but I’m also overweight so had a tendency to hide under boxy oversized shirts and jumpers and then I found a top I loved that actually fit me properly in a colour I’d never considered wearing and discovered I can look really good when I dress properly because I’ve a nice shape rather than just being a blob like I thought.

I suit coral coloured things, I can’t wear yellow or orange. I look better in bright colours and sometimes navy.

I’m going to Margate for a week with church friends.

Any ideas on short pyjamas. I have some but they’re too short to be suitable for a weekend with people from church 😂

ImposterSyndrome101 Mon 13-May-19 14:15:07

I'm generally quite happy with the way I look but the people I'm going away with the girls are a size 8 and a curvy size 12 and I'm an 18 with a wobbly stomach and boobs that refused to be contained. Two of the guys are very very fit and the other is just happily average. So anything I can do to look better will help me to not stick out so much.

Atalune Mon 13-May-19 14:35:48

Tesco have 3/4 leg pj bottoms which might be a better bet for a weekend away with church mates?

You’ll need for a proper English coastal break

Good trainers you can walk in or walking boots
Waterproof jacket
3 tops
Bathing suit
Cover up
Denim shorts
Wide leg culottes
Fitted dressy top

ImposterSyndrome101 Mon 13-May-19 15:38:43

@Atalune, ooh thanks for the heads up about tesco I hadn't thought about there. I know the girls won't care and two of the guys won't well one might be a little but he regularly walks around in his boxers so he doesn't get a vote and the other is always too busy looking down my top to notice anything else. It's mainly for the third guys benefit tbh. I don't want him to be uncomfortable.

I'm listing all of these suggestions and sites down so I can go through them easier later. smile

LaDameAuxLicornes Mon 13-May-19 16:47:06

For the PJs, you could just take your normal ones and a light floaty dressing gown to cover up when wandering to and from the shower etc if that's your main concern? I have nice ones from John Lewis and Boux Avenue that I always take when going away. Otherwise, Primark do nice cotton PJ shorts that aren't bum-skimming.

For swimsuits, ones with bra sized cups are better for support. Try Bravissimo, though not cheap!

If weather is predicted to be hot then you will want walking sandals. Otherwise trainers or comfortable strong shoes. Nothing ruins a holiday faster than sore feet!

tuttifritti Mon 13-May-19 16:55:24

Hi, imposter

So I definitely second the bravissimo recommendation for swimwear. I also like Pour Moi which would be good for a young'un like you.

There have been great suggestions here like taking a simple palate of clothes. H&M would be good for not too boring but nicely simple T-shirt's

ImposterSyndrome101 Mon 13-May-19 17:46:20

@LaDameAuxLicornesIt's, I'm more concerned about me lounging around the house in PJs (we're renting a cottage) but I'll look into the floaty dressing gowns anyway because I need one that isn't fleecy, and primark for some cotton shorts as well.

I'll have a look at bravissimo as well because my boobs have a mind of there own and too big to just be bunged into a normal costume.

I'd not thought of looking at H&M so I'll have a look there as well. I've no idea what clothes my friends will be taking either tbh as we're horribly unorganised.

Slaymill Mon 13-May-19 18:18:57

Margate has some very retro/vintage sites. Especially Dreamland. So I think this skirt would work with a top/jumper from I like these shortie pyjamas.

Retro swimwear is your friend

palahvah Mon 13-May-19 18:26:45

Ooh you'll be able to do a lovely capsule wardrobe based around coral, navy, denim and maybe white. A deep coral Mani/pedi will set everything off, and I agree with pp re retro/50s style swimwear, and layering. I've had cute short PJs from gap previously. H&M have some nice white and navy things at the moment - I'd go for the cotton's rather than synthetics.

ImposterSyndrome101 Mon 13-May-19 18:44:59

Oh those are lovely @Slaymill.

What's a capsule wardrobe @palahvah? I've never had my nails done but I think we're planning on doing some sort of water based activity I'm not sure it's a good idea.

I'd not thought about looking retro before but I think the style would probably be flattering.

ImposterSyndrome101 Mon 13-May-19 20:22:26

I found four swimsuits I like the look of and can't choose between. Any advice or preference here?

Slaymill Mon 13-May-19 20:35:14

I love the Sailor style does blue suit you ? Though you might get more use from the black Polka Dot all yr round.

Also I the like Blue And White Polka Dot

I buy clothes from here though they seem to come up small and here

ImposterSyndrome101 Mon 13-May-19 21:29:42

@Slaymill, yeah I can pull off blues in most shades. Blues, teals and navy, red, corals and white/ivory with a bit of gray can work quite well for me. I only really go swimming during the summer so it doesn't really need to work year round. I'm allergic to chlorine so wait till the seas warm enough. I'll have a look at the other links now smile

Slaymill Wed 15-May-19 12:57:00

25% off dresses at Oasis. Make sure you get to Broadstairs a much better beach and my favourite place Morelli's ice cream parlour.

Charitemum Mon 10-Jun-19 01:15:09

I recently found this webshop where they also have a good selection of 50s style swimsuits from Esther Williams:
+ they have sa really good selection of summer dresses smile

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