Dress: Kaleidoscope, Heels: Boohoo, Bag: Chanel, Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane
Images: Tina Muller
Suddenly it’s not so hot. There’s a glorious cool breeze, a sweet smell of perfume in the air as you enter a mysterious, dimly lit venue.
That’s right – it’s your holiday night out. I particularly enjoy nights out during holiday as it’s when you can truly let go. You’ve spent the day swimming in the sea, exploring your surroundings and taking in the culture of your holiday host country. Now that it’s dark, the time has come for the surroundings to focus on you. It’s your show.
I adore evening-wear that packs a punch. That doesn’t mean loud and shouty; I have always believed in outfits that state rather than scream. Allow me to put a picture in front of you – the opulent Kaleidoscope dress in the images above is exactly what I’d pack for a holiday evening out.
Not at all revealing, yet very seductive, this dress is the answer to comfortable, elegant and sophisticated evening attire. A woman who wears a dress like this doesn’t need to repeat any word she says – all attention is on her, every move she makes is captured by every passerby. Memories are made by her just turning up in this piece. That’s what I call truly effortless chic.
When on holiday, you’re supposed to be on relaxation mode – let your wardrobe do all the hard work for you. After all, you are the one working hard to actually own this wardrobe all other days. It’s payback time, and boy, doesn’t it just taste so damn delicious.
Top: Missguided, Trousers: Plein Sud, Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Belt: Photographer’s Own, Earrings: H&M
Images by Tina Muller
Here I am in my dark pewter element.
Adorned by Bedouin style earrings, a traditional Thai dancer belt and tough coal underlined eyes – I feel more myself in this dark pewter look than ever.
Tough, gothic, folkloric, embellished – this is something I wish I could wear all day everyday. Alas, I leave it for special occasions. But I am not alone! Almost each country has a special item of clothing or accessory that is worn only on certain days or celebrations. I suppose it makes wearing these pieces a special treat.
Here’s a list of interesting occasion accessories and clothing you should wear at least once from around the world:
- 🇹🇭 If you decide to give dancing a go, join Thai dancers in wearing a similar belt to mine as well as a… Crown 👑 . Yes, queen. This pewter belt or เข็มขัดโลหะ (kam-kud leg) originated in the 17th century and was brought into Thailand from Cambodia. Gold versions are also very popular. To this day, these kinds of belts are worn by women on special occasions and religious ceremonies, though dancers wear the entire historical outfit featuring a massive conical crown.
- 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 Ever wanted to wear a look from The Wicker Man film? Well, you can. In many countries around Eastern and Northern Europe wearing a white dress and a flower crown is the done deal during the celebration of Midsummer. Alternatively, you could join the Druids and celebrate the festivity in true Druid style just next to Stonehenge.
- 🇷🇺 Have you ever been told that you’ve got a voice of an angel? Good. You could consider joining a Russian folk band and wear a kokoshnik. Mostly known as the coolest headpiece on the planet (that statement is not biased at all), the kokoshnik, along with the povyazka (similar but worn if you are married) sees its roots in the 17th century where ladies felt in dire need of some stunning headgear. As hats were reserved for the stronger sex, noble women felt it was only right to design something that was feminine and striking… and that men could not wear. Go THEM! From rich duchesses to folk bands of today, the kokoshnik is not going anywhere. The likes of me wore it Royal Ascot too. Join me in wearing it with pride.
- 🇳🇱 You know what’s really not appreciated enough? Clogs. They are super hard-wearing and can look fabulous with distressed denim. Known also as klomps, this type of footwear is still worn by farmers in the Netherlands for practical reasons. Interpretations of the humble clog is often weaved into mainstream fashion – I see you Chanel Spring/Summer 201o. That’s pretty good staying power for a shoe that has been around since the 13th century.
- 🇯🇵 If wearing a full-on kimono is not on your bucket list, you need to rethink your priorities. Imagine yourself in beautiful Kyoto, wearing an incredible kimono as cherry blossom trees are in bloom. If that vision doesn’t make your heart beat faster… do you even have a heart?
Have you ever worn any of the items on my list?
Jumpsuit: c/o Kaleidoscope, Turban: Vintage, Broach (Worn as Turban Embellishment): Antique, Clutch: Leather Artisan, Mules: Wallis
Images by Tina Muller
This jumpsuit looks fabulous, and it feels… like I am wearing nothing at all. In a good way. Let me explain.
Imagine you are on a sunny holiday somewhere truly stunning. Do you really want to be bound by skin rubbing straps, tight dresses, sweat-inducing fabrics or shorts that start to cut into your skin as your body swells up in the heat? Erm, I’m going to go ahead and say no.
This is why I was on the lookout for a jumpsuit that would feel light as a feather while preserving a vacay-boho aesthetic. Et, voila! Kaleidoscope had just the answer. This jumpsuit delivered right what I wanted: extreme comfort and an immediate bohemian look.
I embellished the outfit with an antique broach and turban, turning this flower child ensemble into something slightly more mysterious. Think Mata Hari rather than Janis Joplin.
Quick Holiday Packing Tips:
- I always say yay to wearing hats in the summer. In extreme heat, it serves as sun protection as well as a fashion statement. In fact, the focus is often on the former. Always take a hat with you on holiday, otherwise you may end up being forced to buy one of those awful sun hats or panamas from your holiday spot and wear it everyday. That, or wrap a T-shirt around your head. Both scenarios suck.
- Take something with long sleeves. Again, in blazing heat, you will find it to be a protective layer.
- Comfortable shoes will mean everything on holiday. When it’s hot, feet often swell up and sweat. Very glamorous. Blisters and other ouchies are probably the last thing you’d want to deal with. Having said that – do take statement heels with you, an evening outing with a handsome stranger or your girlfriends might be on the cards.
- Don’t overpack! Every time I travel with someone I see them packing so much stuff – even for a weekend getaway – while I am perfectly self-sufficient with my weekender bag. I suppose that’s a skill you learn as an economy flight traveller. Be realistic – do you really need ten tops and five kaftans? Wouldn’t you rather keep some space free in case you buy some beautiful keepsakes that you will cherish for years to come?
- Be smart about your beauty bag. While a lot of us opt for mini toiletries, be aware that often these are much more expensive than the actual full size bottles. Pack your absolute beauty essentials (for example your face cream, serum and the mascara you actually can’t live without) and everything else can simply be bought as soon as you land. That’s right – normal sized bottles and often at cheaper prices.
This post is a part of the #PackingForMe campaign.
Top, Denim, Sunglasses and Clutch: c/o AND/OR John Lewis, Pumps: Marks and Spencer
Images: Tina Muller
It’s all about boho chic when it comes to this outfit by And/Or from John Lewis.
Yellows, reds, rips and tears are so unapologetically cool, it’s hard to resist buying the whole range. Immediately. It just makes you look and feel so dang cool. Like California-careless-but-looking-so-stunning cool.
This hippie chic outfit ticks all the right boxes for that haute boho look, and it’s even more promising when paired with platform mules and geeky glasses. I should know, I wore it both ways.
Let’s mention the clutch bag quickly. It has a special place in my heart, right next to my other boho favourites. Can you blame me? Who isn’t a sucker for pom poms these days. Paired with my one true love, the colour yellow, this clutch bag completes the look that simply screams my name out. Loudly.
This is not a look that makes me feel comfortable in my own skin. This is my skin.
Thank you, John Lewis, for introducing me to your new brand.