Hey guys, sorry it’s been a while…have been busy celebrating a Jubilee, a hen do, a wedding and a couple of house parties. It’s been a craaaazy month! Summer’s not over yet though (has it even begun?!) and we’re still on the countdown for our trip to the white isle.
In the meantime, here’s my Ibiza wish-list of clothes, shoes and accessories that I must
cram have in my suitcase. Trust me, having to wait till payday this month has been a drag so I’m looking forward to burning a couple of holes in my purse this week.
The Dip Hem Skirt
I absolutely love this very girlie trend, you can almost imagine running through an orchard or a cornfield on a hazy summer’s afternoon, barefoot, twirling around in your skirt. In reality though, dip-hems are completely versatile; they can be worn during the day with a soft slouchy tee and a pair of metallic sandals (providing it’s not a maxi one, tripping over the hem of your skirt is so not cool) or in the evening with a patterned bralet or a smart scalloped vest top with peeptoe wedges.
The Slogan Vest
Seeing as we’re going to be seeing bands and DJs while we’re over there, I’m treating Ibiza as half a holiday, half a music festival…minus the tents and portaloos. Therefore…I need a slogan tee or two! Avoid the stereotypical “I Heart Ibiza” vest tops and look for cutesy ones that will look effortlessly cool with a pair of denim cut-offs. ASOS‘ crop top above is also keeping up with baring a bit of midriff trend, although there are less pricey ones out there in Topshop, Miss Selfridge and River Island that won’t break the bank.
As a fan of the 1950s pin-up doll look, I absolutely love this season’s bralet. From sporty neon to feminine florals and grungy metallics, you can nab a bralet in pretty much any style that suits you. Team with a high-waisted shorts or skirt. Remember the key to this trend is to not bare all of your stomach but just to show off a cheeky bit of your waist…less is more.
The Dip-Dye Shorts
The 90s are having a bit of a come-back this year, so without looking like a hippie, pack a pair of these funky looking dip-dye shorts. The pastel colours bring these right up to date. Wear with a graphic print tee and white pumps to go for the Sports Luxe look.
The Tribal Dress
For those hot nights on the white isle, nothing is cooler than a light maxi dress and in line with the Hestival look (see what I did there) tribal prints are fab for exotic locations. Add a pair of high metallic heels, a gold bangle and a braided head band to become instant Boho Chic.
The one-piece is cool again, thanks to the 1950s pin-up revival and giving hope to all those that aren’t a fan of the itsy-witsy yellow polka dot bikini. Also known as “The Pool Poser’s” choice of swim-suit, cut-outs and plunging necklines can give a sexy flash of flesh and not to mention, interesting tan lines. The one-piece isn’t for everyone, agreed, but if you’ve been invited to a pool party or are going on one of Ibiza’s infamous boat parties, it’s one way to look effortlessly cool on board. I absolutely love the nautical theme of this Pistol Panties piece and the mustard yellow looks fantastic with gold jewellery and a tan. At £179, it’s at the top end of designer swimwear but Debenhams and La Senza have an equally lovely selection.
The Floral Wedges
I’m a huge fan of the wedge and I tend to live in nothing but, during summer outings. The higher the better as well! When you’re as clumsy as I am and with the kerbs and pavements as high as they are in most of Mediterranean Europe, wedges are a fail-safe for not falling over and twisting your ankle. Next have some fabulous wedges this year and have brilliant imitations of shoes from high-end luxury stores such as Karen Millen and LK Bennett. Wear your floral statement wedges with a neutral outfit such as a white midi dress or if you’re feeling brave, dare to clash with brights and neons.
The Fringed Bag
Keeping up with the boho theme, a good bag is essential for those nights out in Ibiza. While you’re on the dancefloor raving, the last thing you want is to cram your lipgloss, phone and purse into your bra or non-existent pockets (this is what boyfriends/male friends are for) but at the same time, you don’t need a Mary Poppins style holdall. Clutches can be a bit of a pain on holiday, especially when the drink measurements are stronger, so to avoid any mishaps, invest in a small fringed bag. Not only will it compliment your many holiday outfits that you have meticulously planned, but most strappy shoulder bags have adjustable straps with a zipped compartment and a buttoned flap over the top to make sure all of your belongings are extra secure. Now you don’t have to worry about your cocktail money or looking dowdy.
The Festival Bando
More Woodstock inspiration for my Ibiza Accessories Wish-List…the floral bando. Going back to the days where the cool kids of the 70s made their own garlands out of fresh daisies, with not a piece of chicken wire in sight. If you’re not as creative though (or you suffer from hayfever) then a plastic one will have to suffice instead. Garlands and Bandos are back in again this year across the high street from Primark to Claire’s and Accessorize. Bring out the inner hippie in you and chill out round the pool with flowers in your hair and some John Lennon-inspired round sunglasses.
The Straw Hat
No holiday is complete without a straw hat! Whether it be the festival-favourite trilby or a J-Lo floppy hat, it’s a look that can suit anyone and keep your head protected from those UV rays. A burnt scalp is an absolute faux-pas! Straw hats look cute with a polka dot dress or with a neutral coloured maxi. Avoid the stereotype of pairing one with a cropped checked shirt and daisy dukes, it’s so 2005.
The Statement Necklace
Last but not least the statement necklace and in keeping with the Hestival theme, jazz up an outfit on gig nights with this plectrum necklace from Tatty Devine. Or if you’re feeling particular creative, make a personalised necklace with an old silver chain and links (available from your local haberdashery or Hobby Craft) and make one to remember your time on the party island of all party islands.
The countdown continues and I’m sure the wish-list will too.