If you follow me on instagram, then you’re probably a little fed up with my holiday posts. I went a little over-board in my posts whilst in Granada; my stories were filled with the architecture, flowers, greenery, hills, barren hills, and vibrant market stalls of the southern Spanish town.
I’ll share a travel guide next week once I’ve finished going over my many, many photos but, for today, I’m sharing my wardrobe.
Granada is a warm city, even in October the temperatures were mid-high 20s, only briefly dropping below twenty celsius at night. For me, this makes dressing out of a carry on so much easier than the changeable weather in much of Europe. You’re pretty much guaranteed sunshine in Granada making outfit choices so much easier and limiting the amount of bulky items you need to pack for warmth.
I did take a jacket, a light weight denim one with fluted sleeves and frayed edges. It is actually on sale right now and would make a great piece for winter sun holidays or layering over wooly jumpers. The jacket was only needed early morning and after dark and most mornings, a shawl or pashmina was enough.
I am always hopelessly over-packed; in addition to those items listed above, I threw in a an extra t-shirt and a dress. Neither were needed and really only took up souvenir room in my case. For three nights, a dress, a jumpsuit and a pair of culottes with a couple of camisoles were all that was needed. Throw in a pair of sandals and a make up bag of miniatures and you’ll only fill half an Easy Jet carry-on case (56cm x 45cm x 25cm).
I could even travel lighter, I just need to be brave enough to do so.
The Jumpsuit is from In The Style Curve and I’m pretty sure its going to be coming to Cuba with me later in the year. It is made from a light weight cotton material that flows freely and disguises any unfortunate sweat marks from mid-day heat.
The plunging neckline at front and back is a little bit daring; a daringness that is exaggerated by the high slits in each leg. I think it is this bravery of cut that attracted me to this jumpsuit – finding such revealing items in plus sizes is rare!
I’m wearing the 18 and it is a tad generous; I definitely needed a belt to cinch the waist in and create that hourglass shape you see in the photos. I am also pleased that it has a fair amount of length to the leg. I assumed it would sit more as a culotte on my 5ft10 frame but instead the hem skims the floor making this the perfect length. For those shorter than myself, it should be very easy to turn up the hem to suit your own shape.
The Maxi Dress is also from In The Style Curve and looks amazing against the cobbled streets of Andalusia. I felt every inch the flamenco dancer in the vibrant red and floral print.
The dress itself is light weight and very flow with a cross-over skirt that allows a substantial flashing of leg should you wish. Sadly, the material of the ruched bodice caused some irritation to my skin after wearing it in the warmth for a few hours. Now, I have extremely irritable skin and I know that many other bloggers have worn this dress with no such problems. For me, I’d prefer a lining on the ruched bodice and I will, for future wears, stitch in an underslip to prevent future irritation. It would certainly not put me off buying this dress in the other colour ways offered for this dress.
I’m wearing a size 18 and, again, I find the dress quite generous. I could easily have worn a size or two down in this style as the bodice is super stretchy and accommodating and the skirt is fairly free sized.
The Culottes are the ultimate for wandering around in hot weather. They are light and breezy without the added risk of chub rub. You could, if variety of dress wasn’t high on your priority list, simply pack a series of camisoles to mix and match with these. In fact, if you ever fly Wizz Air where hold luggage is even less than Easy Jet and Ryan Air, then you may want to do just that.
I definitely recommend culottes for all future warm weather travel – I’ll be taking these to Cuba with me later in the year and may look into getting a brighter coloured affair for the occasion. Perhaps these red ones from ASOS.
I like to think that I’ve found the perfect formula for city break packing with this trip – or at least for city breaks in warm weather. Although I guess this will be tested next year when more city breaks loom … for the rest of this year, I will be flying with checked in luggage that has an obscene allowance so packing light will not be an issue.
The jumpsuit and maxi dress in this post have been gifted by In The Style Curve.
All thoughts and opinions remain true and honest to my findings.