What do you wear on holiday to look fabulous over 50? Apparently, on average. women pack 28 outfits for a 7 day holiday (or so I was told when I participated in a panel discussion on BBC Berkshire yesterday)! I have to be the first to confess to someone who does not travel light – I am very much a ‘just in case’ packer. I have tried to select a few things to pop into the suitcase to dress effortlessly over 50 on a summer break with the French Riviera in mind.
The Riviera screams ‘chic’ and white trousers are a must , but sometimes in the heat white jeans might be too heavy an option, so here are a couple of alternatives:
These are stretch linen from Phase Eight- no side pockets or obvious lining , so they create a ‘smooth finish.
I also find jersey easy to wear and was thrilled to see that Jami clothing is now available online- I love their Palazzo trousers –(I have in several colours). A long jersey skirt is good option if you prefer something a little more flowing.
To look chic in summer on holiday but not feeling too exposed if you are larger busted or want to cover the tummy area, then I love these halter tops from Isabella Oliver
you can wear a fairly sturdy strapless bra to feel confident about your upper body, and the ruching helps cover your middle at the same time.
For a lighter look, again Jami a number of ‘vest’ type tops in good quality jersey, and Kettlewell have tops and waterfall cardigans in just about every style and colour imagineable!
Phase Eight do a great selection, but I also like this one from Ceme – subtle colours and strategically placed pleats – again to help disguise tummy area.
I have to admit to be very reluctant to wear jumpsuits, but when popping in to Phase Eight- to buy a maxi dress I was persuaded to try one or two on. I’m pleased I did! I couldn’t resist buying these for myself . Being more ‘fitted’ both give the illusion of wearing a maxi dress, but without the excess fabric around the middle – a plus if you are bigger busted! I swapped the belts with patent belts of my own.
Offering a little more support than regular flip flops, I really like these flip flop style sandals from Anne Klein at House of Fraser (they also come in a lovely coral colour) , the gold edging makes them a little more Riviera chic, and the soles are rubber which is an added advantage when sightseeing in cobbled streets!