M&Co. Blogger Style Challenge: Beach Break

M&Co. have just launched their new summer catalogue and I’m already starting to plan my summer wardrobe.  As you might remember I’m a big fan of M&Co. and blogged my top buys for spring 2015 here and now I’m ready to do the same for summer! I’ve already been through the new catalogue and created a wish list of summer buys for myself…

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…so when M&Co asked me to pick my favourite items from the new range and create a great fashion look for under £100 for either a beach or city break I was super excited. I do love a city break but with the sun shining and the heat rising, I’m dreaming of lazy beach days and hot summer nights. So here is my ultimate look for feeling stylish, cool and fashionable this summer during a beach break…

Petite floral print multi-way maxi dress – £29

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer: I’m 5’2″ and adore wearing dresses so finding a dress in the right proportions is very important to me.  I love the flattering shape of this petite range dress, plus the removable multi-way straps makes it really versatile. Straps marks? Not for me this year!  The bold print is fun and summery but not too busy if you’re curvy like me.  A dress you will wear again and again.

M&Co petite maxi dress via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

buy it here

Trilby straw hat – £10

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer: A sun hat is an essential for keeping cool in the midday sun (and avoiding sunstroke etc) and a trilby shape is fashionable with that edge of cool.  Styling wise a hat adds an edge to any outfit and this one could be worn with jeans and a t-shirt as much as it can a dress.

M&Co straw trilby hat via Always a Blue Sky Girl blogbuy it here

Set of four bangles – £8

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer: Adding a small amount of jewellery can make all the difference when you are styling an outfit.  Bangles are great in summer, you can wear as many as you want and gold works perfectly with a tan.

M&Co bangles via Always a Blue Sky Girl blogbuy it here

Gold oversized sunglasses – £14

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer: Oversized sunglasses just ooze glamour and the gold again accentuates a tan and look great with anything. Plus if you don’t want to wear make-up every day they can hide weary looking eyes from the night before!

M&Co oversized sunglasses via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

buy it here

Leopard Print Halterneck High Waist Bikini Set – £28

Why it HAS to be in my suitcase this summer:  Firstly a beach holiday is not a beach holiday without some glamorous swimwear!  Many of us can feel a bit insecure in swimwear so a great fitting suit will make you feel your very best. This 1950’s inspired one is underwired giving great support with a retro halterneck tie fastening and the high waisted bikini briefs with side ruching are so flattering particularly if you are like me and like to cover your tummy. Glamorous, flattering and will contour my curves – I call that perfect!

M&Co leopard high waist bikini via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

buy it here

And this is everything together…what do you think?  I love a relaxed yet stylish summer look and I think this is a perfect beach holiday choice for me.  And to top it off, it all came in at just £89 leaving me enough money left over for some suncream too!  See you by the pool….

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What’s your beach holiday essentials?  Find the rest of the range at www.mandco.com or pop into a store near you.

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