As opposed to leaving it till the last minute like I have done with the dreaded 80s costume for the weekend. Firstly a huge huge thank you to everyone's advice the other day. I should have mentioned (I *might* have forgotten.....) that it's your "Hero of the 80s". I have a cunning plan though..... Needless to say I am not going the shexy route and there will be a wig involved......
Today though, I've got my sensible head on and I'm thinking about the Summer. Which really is around the corner. And trying to kill two birds with one stone as I have another party that has a "theme". Of sorts... It's a Beach Party at our friend's house - a big party (ie a big birthday number involved...) and much planning has gone into this. And the idea is that it's "beach attire".
Well clearly the chances of me rocking up in a swimsuit are minus a gazillion. Having not done any exercise for a year (as predicted the 30 day shred DVD might still be in the packet.... ) the chances of me wanting to wear a swimsuit at all are minus a gazillion minus one. Fortunately we are going to the Suffolk for two separate weeks in the Summer and having been every year for the past ten years and never EVER having worn an entire swimsuit there (as in removing the obligatory shorts), I think I'm pretty safe in saying I won't be starting this year.
But both the places we're renting are right next to the beach and (fingers crossed...) the weather should be quite good so I'm hoping that actually a Summer Kaftan top with cut offs and sandals will serve me well as a daily throw on outfit.
And then, come the big day (the party actually starts from 6...) again, this sort of top with shorts and some strappy flat glads (I am actually so so so looking forward to being able to wear flats to a party. Oh I know I could at any time but I do have a heel bee in my bonnet it seems) might be a pretty good laid back party idea.
It's also the perfect thing to have in your Summer wardrobe arsenal. I have always bought cheap ones which means they haven't lasted and so I am very thin on this subject... I do have a couple of beach dress thingys from FCUK a couple of years ago but they are very beachy. As in skimpy. As in I should have paid the 30 day shred malarkey a little bit more attention to even contemplate these.
However I am feeling the love for all things kaftan (if I could get away with it, I'd go as Demi Roussos... OOOH now was that 70s or 80s??) and think that at least one is a great addition to my Summer wardrobe.
And some of these are in fact, dressy and so unbeachy that they could definitely be worn on a super hot day just because. I shall still be wearing shorts under mine though...
Starting with some gems from Monsoon that I saw in store the other week. And to be honest with you, Monsoon does seem to suffer from M&Sitis. In that their products look a shed load better in the flesh.
Admittedly she's not looking too shabby in this pic.
Koko Kaftan Dress £69 from Monsoon
I don't love this one below as much as the one above although the colours are super pretty (and I'm slightly concerned about fringing that long and a new puppy. I do appreciate this will be the least of my puppy concerns come three week when she arrives... *hides shoes in attic*)
Nova Embellised Tunic Dress £49 from Monsoon
Other white options at M&S - where.. they have ANOTHER 20% off discount until Tuesday at midnight. Of course I had a list of things as long as your arm that I was after and now? I'm sure I'll be able to find something.
Pure Modal Embroidered Kaftan from M&S was £35 now £28
If it's colour that you want (and I love the idea of a coloured kaftan with a host of plain black swimwear pieces) then this is really pretty, again at M&S. (they do also have matching swimmers....)
Weather Scape Print Kaftan was £29.50 now £23.60
Another great option from M&S - just add black (love love the hint of neon and again, matching cossies for that super put together look)
V-Neck Tribal Print Kaftan now £22.40 was £28
Oysho Embroidered Kaftan £19.99 This one is more me I have to say - yes it's Boho but there's a hint of something a bit more English beachy with the colours and the striped edging (kidding myself here? The Husband yesterday said he thought it looked like a napkin. Men know nothing)
Stunning colours at Seafolly where they have an amazing range.
Seafolly Soundwave Drummer Kaftan £54
And in the black £54 Yes it's sheer....
Seafolly Utopia Stripe Kaftan £49
Plain option in navy - this is great if you prefer print swimwear - something plain to throw over is super useful.
John Lewis pom pom kaftan £25
Similar but with some added detailing at New Look.
Black Textured Crochet Trim Kaftan £17.99
Another navy option at Boden and this is the first of some which I think you could wear as dresses. Ok so when I say dresses - I probably don't advocate going to the supermarket in them, but certainly if you're on hols or heading down to the beach, then you could get away with these without wearing shorts underneath. ie they're longer and generally not as see through as a kaftan
The Corsica Kaftan £69 Absolutely absolutely love this.
In fact, I love this in all the shades - the white with blue
And the pink with neon
Freya Tunic from Boden £79 Slightly different here in that this one is a jersey.
Also available in a red but it's the navy that I love
A couple of years ago, BHS had an amazing collection of beachwear - not so many this year that float my boat but this one definitely hits the mark.
Black Hyper Ikat Embroidered Dress from BHS was £22 now £17.60
Dresses that can be worn over swimming costumes but could also double up as (very informal....) day wear.
French Connection Floral Reef Beach Tie Dress £60
Another floral option at New Look - again, this could easily be worn as a dress.
Blue Twist Front Tropical Print Kaftan £14.99
Embroidered Tassel dress from Topshop £34 I'm going to leave this for everyone else, this look. Alas, there's just a whiff of national costume whenever I go near anything this traditional.
So this one is a little more way out there and *perhaps* not quite so Suffolk as the rest but I have to say, it's ideal for a beach holiday somewhere warm and infinitely trendier.
Blue paisley print bardot dress from River Island £40
Back in the game at good old M&S. One for the corner of the suitcase.
Monochrome Print Shift Tile Dress at M&S was £28 now £22.40
I fear these would be exceptionally short but they are very sweet (which doesn't bode well when you're 42, 5ft 10 and has cellulite that's championing its own post code.
Lace Top Sundress £32 from Topshop
Crochet Tassel Dip Dye Dress from Topshop £34 Having said that, this one I just love. Over a black swimsuit (a sucky all in one....there is research to be done on these, fear not) this is simply perfect.
Kaftan from Hush £75
And in the Hibiscus
Or the Grecian dress which can worn with or without the belt. A multitude of options with these.
Grecian Dress from Hush in leaves £40
In the Hibiscus
Or the Petal Lapis £40
My pick from Hush though would be this yellow beauty. But I do know (having held it up against me) that it is on the shorter side for a dress dress. Absolutely perfect for a beach cover up but for me, it's ever so slightly too short to do the school run in. Which is a crying shame as it's double layered so that it's not see through - ditto the white version. Foiled by my legs. GAH. We have a mum at school who wears dresses like this with little ankle boots as soon as the temperature nudges 23 degrees. She looks amazing. She is also the size of the tiniest doll in the centre of those Russian Matryoshka dolls (with me being the biggest stood next to her...)
Bondi Beach Dress £55 in Butterscotch
And in the White Fluro
3/4 sleeve notch neck shirt were £35 now £21
Black skinny ankle zip jeans - Boden
White stud sliders - River Island
And tomorrow I shall be back. With what..?? Hmm well there are a couple of things which are SO eluding me, I am going to have do some research later.