These past few weeks I have been surrounding myself in tinsel, warm cozy knits, winter jumpers and wooly socks and when it started snowing yesterday, my winter wonderland excitement hit fever pitch. Christmas for me really wouldn’t be the same without warm snuggly evenings and frosty mornings, but whilst I sink further into my Hygge heaven, what I am forgetting is that half the world is actually hitting their highest temperatures around winter time – which means that for half of us January equals dresses, sun tan cream and celebratory drinks on the beach. That’s a crazy thought, January on the beach. But once the magic of Christmas is all over and all the decorations come down, the grey sky in the UK just doesn’t seem quite so appealing. So what with New Year’s Resolutions, travel plans and a touch of January Carpe Diem spirit, there is only one thing for it. Yes you guessed it. A winter sun escape!
So the ticket is booked, the resort is waiting, the beach is calling and the sun is blazing. There is just one problem…What to pack and what to wear? After months of hiding under layers of fluffy thick coats and knee high boots, after Christmas parties, meals and extra puddings, the trauma of swapping trousers for shorts is very very real. I mean if things weren’t bad enough when it took me 2 hours to dig out my summer clothes (that now no longer fit), I then realised that my last razor had been thrown out in the rubbish probably sometime in mid November. No one needs to tell me, I already know. I have some serious work on my hands here and not much time to do it in.
So to help I thought that I would share some of my winter sun holiday styling tips and some of my favourite pieces that I took with me on my last winter sun trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The first things that I always pack for winter sun getaways are short dresses. Dresses are the best way to maximise suitcase space, to create a full look with minimal effort. With a dress you don’t have to worry about mix and matching, packing alternatives and things that go well together – all you have to do is pack that one item and you have a full blow outfit. You can even pack you Christmas dresses and wear them without tights, with some beaded flip flops or heels for a great daytime / evening look.
Ripped jean shorts are also a winner, as they can be dressed up with a fancy top or dressed down for the beach. One of my favourite trends this year has been cold shoulder tops as these go so well with both skirts and shorts, so I would definitely pack some of those. The other great tops that look amazing and which are perfect for hiding those extra pounds after all that Christmas indulgence, are those with ruffles.
So here is one of my favourite winter sun holiday looks that I wore in the Dominican Republic. I went for a coral ruffle top that worked for both the evening and the day time. Here I wore it with ripped jeans and flat slip-on flats for a relaxed beach summer look. I hope that you like it and don’t forget to head over to my blog www.mygirlsontour.com to see the rest of my Punta Cana looks.
Ripped Jean Shorts – ASOS in the SALE was 29.00 now 10 (here)