I had high hopes for this year. After spending the majority of the last buying a house, decorating and welcoming a puppy into our home, travel and adventures were somewhat forfeited in favour of building a future. I was happy to sacrifice a summer of long weekends and our usual two week autumnal break somewhere exotic, because we finally had somewhere (and someone) to call our own. 2020 held a lot of promises and expectations, making up for lost time, but the universe had different plans for us all – leaving me lusting after a warm sandy beach a little longer.
Truth be told, I’ve been quite happy spending as much time as we have at home; after all, it cost us an arm and a leg. But I can’t deny I’m feeling a little itchy, desperately in need of a week in the sunshine when the most pressing issue is where we should head for dinner. I desperately miss the smell of warm salty air, coconut cocktails and sunscreen, and there’s a whole portion of my ‘getaway’ wardrobe that won’t see the light of day until 2021. (Is it just me that has ‘holiday clothes’ that seem ridiculous to wear in the UK, but the height of fashion and appropriateness anywhere beyond the coast of Bournemouth?)
So this dress is a little nod to the holiday we never had, helping me to feel a little tropical even if the furthest I’ve traveled is to the tapas restaurant down the road.
The short girl in me laughs at the fact this is categorised as a midi dress, only to fall only slightly above my ankles. Even so, it’s one of those pieces you can easily dress up or down with accessories – or just throw over your swimsuit if you’re spending a lazy day on the beach. I adore the ruffles, the cap sleeves, elasticated waist and faux wrap style, while the print is just the right side of tropical to prevent it screaming ‘Englishwoman abroad’. I sized up because it was out of stock in my usual size at the time, so the addition of a belt keeps it feeling fitted and flattering; I wish I’d waited because it is a bit big, but the floaty style means nobody would know but me.
As for the sandals, I’ve been a big fan of the ‘flatform’ look for a while but the few pairs I’ve tried on have felt more like I’m wearing stilts than a chunky sole; these, however, are the perfect combination of comfort and style without making me feel like I’m going to fall on my backside within ten paces. They’re incredibly easy to walk in, so much so that I’ve been wearing them almost every day and went back to buy them in tan this weekend – that’s when you know they’re a good pair of sandals!
If I can’t go on holiday, I may as well still dress the part.
Who needs Bali when you’ve got the whole of Bucks eh?
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Dorothy Perkins Green Tropical Print Midi Dress | £30.40 | LINK
New Look Chunky Black Sandals | £17.99 | LINK
Accessorize Black Round Basket Bag | £30.00 | SIMILAR HERE
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Nordgreen Native White Gold Mesh Watch* | £149.00 | LINK