At the very end of 2017, just before Christmas, we waved goodbye to the short dark days in the UK – which in all honestly were starting to make me a bit miserable – and scampered off to Fuerteventura for a week. We chose Fuerteventura for two reasons: the warm temperatures and the complete absence of mosquitoes. It’s the first beach / pool holiday I’ve been on for a long old time and I planned to do absolutely nothing other than lie around, eat and let the sun warm my face, my bones, and my SOUL.
Most of what I wore for this holiday were old faithfuls; comfy warm weather outfits both in the day and in the evenings, but I took some snaps of my favourite ones to share with you in a mini-roundup (inspired by my Berlin city break edition) now I’m back.
First up is this ASOS Curve midi dress that I’ve linked to many, many times before because it’s just so damn comfy and a total wardrobe staple for me. At home I wear it with something layered over the top, but because the temperature was so mild in Fuerteventura I was able to wear it on it’s own in the evenings.
For an evening meal and drinks I teamed it with my current fave wide fit Milly Star flats and some chunky gold hoops. ASOS Curve do a version of this strappy dress every year; I love, love, love how easy it is to chuck on and feel great in… simple yet effective.
Next up is a daytime mooching about outfit, which I wore when we found a gorgeous rooftop terrace bar that served what I feel to be the best breakfast on the island (which included fried bread!!) and cheap beer. I’m very fond of a classic floaty skirt / strappy top combo in the warm weather.
Believe it or not, the pleated skirt is made of velour – but even though it’s such a heavy, wintery material I remained lovely and cool. I know the sunglasses make me look a bit like a bug but they were an absolute bargain from eBay and I adore them.
I LOVE THIS BIKINI! The print is excellent: teal tiger stripes over a monochrome leopard print <3 As much as I love the bikini, I made such a performance over wearing it in the wild with no cover up as I had an attack of self consciousness completely out of the blue. Goes to show this nonsense really can strike anyone at any time.
However, by the very last day I wore this bikini happily; felt the sand beneath my feet, swam in the sea and got the sun on my belly and fully loved and appreciated every moment of it. I just wish I had ditched the cover ups earlier in the holiday.
This vintage sundress has been with me for many, many years (and many, many dress sizes) but it’s not very often I get to wear it without layers being involved somehow. I was even able to go braless because of the lace up back which I pulled a little tighter than usual to keep everything in place. And of course the one night I was slinking about without a bra on ended up being the night I decided to belt out drunken karaoke.
A lace up back is one of the things I look out for when I buy second hand as the percentage of vintage or second hand garments available in plus sizes is pretty small. Often I’ll need to try and ‘hack’ smaller sizes to fit me or specifically look out for certain features that means smaller sizes will adapt to my body. Other things to look out for are shirring, elasticated waists, anything oversized (or in the ‘mens’ section if the shop has split it’s stock by gender) and a large seam allowance meaning it can be taken out a good amount.
Last, but certainly not least, is another very excellent late 80’s / early 90’s style print which reminds me of old school MTV graphics. I simply had to have this wonderful Topsy Curvy shirt dress when I saw it in promotional photographs from 2017’s Curve Fashion Festival catwalk. It’s cold shoulder but roomy enough for me to put my arms through the shoulders and wear it as a sleeveless style like this.
Some pieces that I didn’t photograph but still deserve honourable mentions include a couple of pairs of the lace trimmed big tights chub rub shorts which saved me from sore thighs again, this oversized ASOS Tall jumper dress which kept me so incredibly comfortable while I travelled both there and back, and my old glittery jumpsuit that lent itself to a warm evening of dinner and drinks surprisingly well!
There’ll be no holidays for me now until after the wedding in August as we’re planning on another laid back beach-type escape for the honeymoon. So between now and then I’ll just have to be content with looking back fondly on my holiday wardrobe snaps and looking forward to more travel.