In just over two months time I will be getting hitched in Italy. While I do not want to reveal my chosen outfit for that big day (will it be white? A dress? Jumpsuit?…), I wanted to share with you an idea of what I’ll be packing.
For getting married abroad comes with many advantages – an extra holiday, hopefully decent weather and up until a few days ago a decent currency exchange (sigh). And of course, it offers you the chance to spread out the celebrations. And in true Italian style, we are making it a three-day affair with time either side of that to relax and then rejuvenate on a honeymoon in the mountains.
Now the excuse that it’s a “wedding purchase” may be rolling off the tongue a little too much at the moment but if there’s any time to spoil yourself…So here is some inspiration from one of my favourite online boutiques Farfetch to ensure that I look stylish and elegant before, during and after these life-enhancing celebrations (well I have to and want to make the effort sometimes).
- Patterned kimono
I’m not one for for fancy lingerie and feel most at home in a Joules onesie, mainly because it’s always so cold over here in Blighty. Hopefully, the sun will be shining on my big day so I’d love to wear a pretty patterned kimono while dressing for the occasion. Something simple, elegant and lightweight such as this pretty soft peach Rosamosario kimono from Farfetch. Not only does it look comfortable but it is so pretty and fresh. Just don’t look at the price tag (we can all dream, can’t we?).
- Bandeau bikini
We may not be getting married on a beach but in the week before the wedding there will be time to head to the seaside in Grado not far from our chosen venue. Grado is a classic Italian beach resort with everything from paid beaches to rocks where you can lie and top up on vitamin D. We’re also heading to a rather fancy hotel in Salzburg for the last two nights of our honeymoon so I want something to suit the occasion. Enter this zig-zag bandeau bikini from Missoni. After all, I am in Italy so why not go for a label synonymous with this colourful and passionate country?
- Sports leggings
Oh no, you say, not more sports leggings! But when I’m travelling, I think nothing beats a pair of leggings for comfort and warmth. Again, they tick the easy-to-pack box and you can also go down the sports-luxe route by choosing a patterned pair such as these W.I.T.H leggings. Not only would these look equally stylish with a tank or plain tunic, they are also reversible. Yep, this is definitely a bonus when it comes to thinking about cost per wear.
- A white tunic
Talking of tunics, there is nothing more versatile and useful when you’re on holiday. Wear it by itself or over a pair of leggings or denim shorts when you want to cover up in style. There are plenty to chose from on the Farfetch website but my particular favourite is this white cotton-linen number from The Row. It’s just looks so effortlessly chic.
- Drawstring shorts
I love clothes that I can move in and er more towards looser-hanging garments than bodycon. So when it comes to shorts, the drawstring variety are definitely a great shape for me on my holiday. And while the design may be sporty, a pair such as these by Chloe are anything but as they are made of silk. A great choice that you can wear again and again on a warm summer’s evening.
- A dress for day and night
When the temperature rises and you want to feel cool, your dress code can relax so you don’t have to go all out in formal gear. On the Friday, we are hosting drinks for our guests in the old town of Grado and something like this daisy print voile dress from Marc Jacobs would be perfect. Wear with a pair of summer sandals or ballet pumps and you’re pretty much good to go.
- Summer sandals
Elevate your look and finish your outfit with a pair of summer sandals. And while I’m a fan of the “slider”, I prefer an ankle strap to go with my evening wear. That being said, you’ll never find me in a pair of heels. Something timeless and classic such these Gabriela Hearst Lana sandals are perfect to dress up a LBD or pair of shorts and blouse.
- A blue shirt
When the temperature drops and you feel a bit of chill in the air, a blue shirt can be your saviour. I practically lived in my blue Oxford shirt in the evening when in Texas as it took the place of a cardigan or blazer. It doesn’t have to be patterned, something simple like this Kenzo ‘mini’ tiger shirt will help complete your holiday wardrobe and offer a cover up that is both smart and relaxed.
- Patterned kimono