When you think about it, summer holiday shopping shouldn’t be much of a “thing”.
Assuming you get one, maybe two, weeks in the sun a year, you’re unlikely to wear out that bikini, those short-shorts or that sundress year-on-year (unless the recent UK heatwave becomes the summer norm, and let’s hope not).
But while I’m fine to recycle swimwear – it’s tough to find stuff I like, and I’m not one for spending lots of time by the pool (or on yachts) so it feels like an unnecessary indulgence – I’ve never been able to resist the thrill of the new when I’m going on holiday. And this year, with excellent timing, Pink Clove came calling.
A UK-based online retailer of trend-led clothing in sizes 16-28, Pink Clove stocks an ever-changing variety of plus size dresses, trousers, playsuits, skirts and jackets designed to flatter the fuller figure. Think super-soft jersey and breathable, stretchy fabrics you can actually move in, dresses cut for curves and cute skater-style skirts.
I was gifted two items from the site: these bright, summery wide-legged floral print trousers* (now only £14 in the sale!) and a cute oversized polka-dot wrap dress*. Both were generously sized (I actually had to exchange the trousers for a smaller size, which still managed to arrive in time for my holiday) and well-cut, and got me lots of compliments!
As I put on weight, I grew to prefer skirts over trousers (there was even a time, in recent memory, that I didn’t own a pair of jeans, which would have been unthinkable to 20-year-old me) – but, this summer in particular, I’ve really begun to embrace how comfortable a pair of elasticated trousers that actually fit can be. And we all know I can’t resist a bit of yellow. The stripy “You Are My Sunshine” slogan t-shirt I picked up in Primark when I only went in for one thing looks like it was meant for this outfit, too.
Can we take a minute to appreciate my mum’s photography in this post, please? Never mind that I made her late for dinner two evenings in a week-long holiday, but she didn’t just take these photos: she completely stage-directed the whole operation. That leg twist? That was all her, as were most of the “oh, throw your head back like that again!” smiles (my go-to FASHUN blogger lewk, as Charlotte will tell you).
I’m just popping on to eBay to order another pair of as-seen-on-Taylor-Swift-in-the-22-music-video sunglasses (something she very politely didn’t comment on) as it turns out I left them in Newcastle. They’re my favourite sunnies because they’re big enough to wear over my glasses, even though I went to the trouble to wear contact lenses two nights of my holiday specifically so I could get these pictures for you. Broken-hearted, man.
I’m also a big fan of the wooden earrings I’m wearing with this outfit which, funny story, I bought in the hotel gift shop the night before when I was waiting ages for the lift to come. One euro! How many hotel gift shops can you say that about? Although, to be fair, most hotels tend to have more than two shuddery, slow-moving lifts to move all their guests about, particularly when a significant number of those guests also have pushchairs. But that’s pretty much the only criticism I could give you about Hotel Benalmadena Palace – doesn’t the background look stunning here?
I’ll have another post in the next week or so filling you in on how I spent a day sightseeing in Malaga – but, until then, have fun browsing for your last-minute summer holiday outfits at Pink Clove!
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.