While summer holidays do present the opportunity to wear a bikini as much as possible, to lounge around in strapless tops trying to avoid tan-lines, and to hope the hurried layer of suncream is enough to protect skin, the chicer option for holidaywear has got to include a fiesta of lightweight cover ups, flowing palazzo trousers and large brimmed hats reminiscent of glamorous icons Faye Dunaway and Brigitte Bardot. In relation to wardrobe malfunctions, as well as to skin, effortless sophistication is a much safer option.
Choosing light coloured blouses in pure cotton is a great idea for hot weather; the fabric allows skin to breathe, the colour keeps the look summery, while the extra coverage keeps the sun’s rays off skin – good news for those who want to avoid redness in the short term and wrinkles in the long.
Loose leg trousers and maxi skirts shade skin and stay comfortable in the sun, unlike denim options such as shorts and cropped jeans. Long pendant necklaces look great with the clean lines of palazzo trousers, and teamed with a well-fitting shirt the look is as sophisticated as tailoring yet with a breeziness and boho-air that is perfect for the beach. Jewelled sandals are perfect for beach to bar to sightseeing glamour.
Oversized sunglasses are essential – see the Statement Sunnies post here for inspiration. A wide-brimmed hat is one of the best ways to inject instant Old Hollywood glamour into any outfit, but a printed headscarf is also a great way to protect the scalp from the sun, keep sea-related frizz at bay, and look like a beach goddess all in one!