In my opinion, a city break is all about exploring. Exploring a new city, discovering new locations, tasting local food and using the ‘that’s what the locals do’ to sip vino in a historic square, usually with a fountain and a museum. But not only can you make ‘cultural’ discoveries, it’s also a fab opportunity to go a lil bit ‘out there’ with your style, whether you’re going for Parisian chic, Mary Kate and Ashley New York Minute or taking the opportunity to rock the grunge in Berlin. One tip I always abide by when travelling with just hand luggage is to pack by outfit. One trusty pair of trainers and a couple of pairs of sandals is really all you need footwear-wise and dresses and skirts that can be taken from day to night with a quick refresh of accessories will be your new best mate.
I picked this maxi skirt up in the Zara sale and it was one of those ‘not really sure’ purchases but I went with it anyway and dressed it right down with a graphic tee, Vejas and a cute ASOS micro bag. I absolutely love this skirt now and paired with a black one shoulder top and a pair of block heels or mules, it’s a night-time winner as well.
I’ve already worn this dress once for a wedding with heels but this works just as well with a pair of chunky sandals for a holiday evening out or trainers for comfortable yet feminine day time style (plus it hides ALL of the food babies). If you’re quick you might find this in the ZARA sale, this is fast becoming my dress of the summer and I would 100% recommend.
This spotty smock was one of those impulse buys that you’re actually MADE UP about when it looks a lot nicer in real life than on the ASOS website. I jazzed this up a little with a pearl hair slide and neon earrings and then just carried my fishnet shopper which is literally a Mary Poppins bag and fits in everything AND the kitchen sink. I chose this H&M one because if you look closely it has a lil bit of sparkle and I am totally about that life.
I am a magpie when it comes to sequins, sparkle and bright colours and when i saw this ZARA top I knew I had to have it (despite there being one left in the wrong size). Being so extravagant, I knew I had to make sure everything else worn with it was pretty casual so I looked more chilled rooftop drinks in Lisbon and less met gala chic. I paired with my Veja’s (these were my go-to holiday trainers), black linen shorts, a micro bag and drop earrings, throwing my hair up to make sure the area around the HUGE bow wasn’t too busy. This is definitely going to be paired with boyfriend jeans and heels for my next ‘jeans and a nice top’ occasion.
I feel like Birkenstocks are just complete Marmite and you’re either gonna love em and wear them ALL the time (jeans, shorts, maxi dresses, jumpsuits you name it) or you aint gonna go anywhere near them. I’ve taken it one step closer to hippy mum with mine because they have the ankle strap as well but I just love them and they come out every summer. Paired with this super wearable scarf print ZARA top, h&m white linen shorts and an oversized sun hat, this is the perfect outfit to explore in (I added a studded back pack to toughen up the look a little bit and balance out the sun hat).
This look just has 90’s vibes written all over it (just missing the space buns) and you can’t really go wrong with these wide leg linen trousers, whether that’s for a throwback to 90’s girl band days or to dress up with heeled boots and a blouse. This little neon orange ASOS crop just proves why i love a halter neck – so wearable no matter what (this is also cute worn with the maxi skirt at the start of this post!)
You can’t really go wrong with a cami dress and I’m just a bit obsessed with the length and satin sheen on this Zara one (not to mention it’s gorgeous shade of pink). Paired with a little handheld tote, trainers and some FAB tan lines this is just a super simple look that can be thrown together in minutes. I was on holiday so wasn’t arsed about a sangria-induced nip-slip but if you want to be a little more covered in the day time this dress is even perfect for work over a t-shirt or with a sweatshirt thrown over the top.
Believe it or not, I actually managed to fit two maxi skirts into my cabin bag and this was the second. Linen, buttoned down the middle and complete with adjustable belt (ideal for an after dinner situation) I decided to stick to simplicity and just pair with a plain bandeau. I accessorised with a little touch of leopard print (because that’s ALWAYS a good idea), pearly earrings and a white micro bag. I did wear this skirt again with trainers and a Calvin Klein tee and I will be getting loadssss of wear out of it this summer at home. Found on Nasty Gal for about £10 but the quality is fab and the fit is lovely. Another go-to.