Hola a todos!
If you’ve got a sun holiday on the horizon, then I hope you find some outfit inspo’ from this post. We spent 2 weeks in Andalusia this summer mixing it up with relaxing beach days and sightseeing. We hired a car and travelled to some of my favourite spots. If you frequent Costa del Sol and want to find out more about the area, then our trip might be of interest to you. You might learn a few Spanish terms too! Read here.
I don’t buy a whole new wardrobe for my summer holidays. I think it’s pointless. I rewear the same dresses and summerwear year on year as really you only get to wear them once or twice in the year! We just don’t get the weather to wear them in Ireland. I like to update my holiday wardrobe with 2-3 statement pieces or separates that I can integrate and mix with old pieces.
As always, I travel very lightly in summer – 10kg carry on (I brought more luggage on our 5 day girlie getaway to New York last winter). Think about it: summer clothing is so light and flimsy and you end up re-wearing the same items that you feel most comfortable in. A washing machine at your apartment helps too!
Packing can stress me out, so I usually do it last minute so I’m under pressure to bring only what I’ll definitely wear. My advice is to roll your garments to fit more and only bring what you know you feel comfortable in. Pack separates so you can mix and match. Once you have your passport and some money, you’re sorted! You can pick up toiletries at the airport. It really helps now that Ryanair allow you to bring a small bag alongside your cabin luggage. Take advantage!
I only bring a few pairs of shoes in neutral tones and again, it’s all about comfort for me when walking around.
I don’t dry my hair for 2 weeks while on holiday. I don’t use a hairdryer or a straighteners… it’s just too hot for that craic! I just plait it and pin it in a bun to the side. For beach/pool days, it’s usually in a messy bun sitting on the top of my head. I managed to get by with just 1 hair tie & 1 bobby pin during this whole holiday!
For the first couple of evenings I usually wear a maxi dress as my skin is only getting used to the sudden change in temperature and so, my tan is uneven – especially my legs. They seem to take ages to tan! I’m all about comfortable, loose-fitting items on holidays.
I picked up this white maxi from a local Spanish designer in Arroyo de la Miel a couple of years ago. This may not be a great photo, but it’s a really stunning, wow dress! I’ll be parting with this item on Depop this weekend. Buy something similar here, here and here.
This dress is now sold.
During the day I normally wear a loose-fit playsuit to the beach or pool and I found this kimono really handy this year (similar look here). It’s from a brand new local store called Anna Fashion and Lifestyle. It’s worth a visit. You can read all about Anna here.
It’s perfect for beach days or team with denim cut-off shorts and a basic cami when you’re travelling.
Read all about what to do in Tarifa here.
When out and about sightseeing , I’d recommend a bandeau style top. You can pick them up for a couple of € in Penneys and Dunnes. They’re lightweight and don’t take up any room in your hand luggage. Roll them! You won’t get overheated and there’ll be no dodgy tan lines either!
As regards denim shorts, I always make my own (cut and roll). Plus, they go with everything.
For tips on how to distress denim, read my blog here.
Pictured at Puerto Banús, I’m wearing a summer frock from Selected Femme. It’s loose-fitting and is really comfortable to travel in (as long as there is air conditioning). I like this piece a lot as I think it’s très chic! I’ve just added this tunic to my Depop shop. Buy a similar style here. See how I transform the look for late summer and autumn here.
Adidas sunglasses are from local Sweeney’s Opticians.
Yet another loose-fit summer dress I rewore on holidays was this Cynthia Rowley silk number. I adore the print and the back detail is really flattering. It feels so nice against your skin. It sold instantly on my Depop shop.
This dress is now sold.
The image below was taken in Seville having returned after 10 years. If you think you’d like to visit Seville, click here to find out what to do/see. I also tell you a little about my Erasmus year and the importance of this experience.
I get lots of wear out of this metallic skirt. It was originally full length from Zara on sale at Athlone Towncentre. I knew I wouldn’t wear it that length, but could see the potential in it so I altered it! I’m wearing it loads now with fresh white cami tops. If you like a particular fabric or print, think outside the box! Make it work for you! Buy a similar skirt here and here. I’m certain I spotted one in Penneys too! This off-the-shoulder piece is from Butterfly Tarifa – another really handy one for the heat.
This dress is now sold.
Another holiday look I got altered was this vibrant orange dress from Topshop (I actually bought it on Depop in its original form). It was a full-length ball-gown and I knew that this style wouldn’t suit me and that I wouldn’t get to wear it much, so I shortened it to make it work for me! I love the sleeve detail and I usually wear it with turquoise beads from local maker Sarah J. The Olga Berg clutch was a gift from the Xposé team following our recent shoot for Xposé Magazine. I assisted a shoot for The Galway Races, styled by Xposé editor, Deanna. Read all about it here.
This look is now sold.
As you start to get used to the sun, your tan evens out and feel a little more comfortable, maybe it’s time to get the legs out! I always include a monochrome look when packing, even in summer. You just can’t go wrong with monochrome! The LBD is from Folkster (similiar here) and the white sheer, lace overlay was a vintage piece I picked up from a market at Bricklane in London (similar here). Always bring versatile pieces – I knew I could rewear that LBD by itself. This look has sold since uploading it to my Depop shop, but you can buy a similar look here.
The Etnia Barcelona shades are from local haunt Rachel Murray Eyecare.
This look is now sold.
One of the best things you can do if you’re tight for space when packing is bring separates! You can always rewear the pieces by mixing and matching skirts with different tops to completely transform a look. I teamed this retro print crop top from last summer with a new black asymmetrical skirt from Dunnes. See how I styled it last year in Italy here. This is now sold on Depop.
So that’s just a look at some of my outfits from holidays. I rewore some dresses and mixed and matched separates to change the look. I really hope you found my packing and styling tips useful.
I’d love you to check out my Depop shop (@modafix) if you need some summer pieces or occasion-wear. I’ll be uploading a lot more over the coming days (I’ll chat you through my wardrobe on snapchat: @moda_fix). Many people ask me how I can part with my favourite pieces. Well, I used to be a terrible hoarder and hold onto sentimental pieces. Now, I dislike having so many things. I hate to see dresses hanging unused in my closet. I’m trying to declutter as much as possible and I see clothing as having a purpose. I love to rewear my pieces a couple of times and once I do, I’m happy to pass them onto people that will appreciate them. So… you’re helping me out!
Any questions? Feel free to get in touch on Facebook.
If you’d like to read about our trip, click here.
Thanks so much for reading.