Granada in a carry on!

Granada - City Break Wardrobe

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 - City Break 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.

Granada - City Break Wardrobe.

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.

Granada - City Break Wardrobe.

Granada - City Break Wardrobe.

Granada - City Break Wardrobe.

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.

Granada - City Break Wardrobe.

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.

C x

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.




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  1. October 14, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Looking fabulous, I absolutely love that jumpsuit and you wear it really well. You are a very brave packer, I need to be more like you. Mich x

  2. October 14, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    You have such a fab wardrobe and who wouldn’t love a sun-soaked mini-break at this time of year!

  3. October 14, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I’m trying really hard to travel lighter these days because, like you, I often don’t wear several items and it’s just a waste of effort to lug them around!

  4. October 15, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Such gorgeous outfits! Perfect for the warm weather. I could have used such items when I was in Aruba recently!

  5. October 15, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Oh how beautiful! Both the place and you! I love your maxi dresses, they are gorgeous and totally fab for trips to dress up and down.

  6. October 15, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    I just returned from Barcelona and the weather was so much better than London, I see Granada was pretty much the same. I am loving all the outfits you wore, I am a jumpsuit lover and also always travel with carryon only

  7. October 15, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Granada is such a lovely looking city,full of life,history and beauty. Your hubby knows how to a sharp picture,btw….

  8. October 15, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    I would love to visit Granada. I adore that red dress!x

  9. October 15, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Great post hun, looks like you had a fab time! I’m loving all of these looks especially the jump suit!!

  10. October 16, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Oh I love those culottes! I am good at packing light for myself but end up packing 362 things for the kids!

  11. Emily (@amummytoo)
    October 16, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Love the pleating on the culottes! I’m always hopelessly over-packed or under-packed, I don’t think I’ve ever got it ‘just right’ on a trip… one day.

  12. October 16, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Loving all the maxi lengths you have got! I’m jealous because I’m so short I can’t ever find any to wear that suit me!

  13. hxanou
    October 17, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Your style is amazing! I now have an immense need to get some maxi dresses!!

  14. thingssarahloves
    October 17, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Loving your style, all of your outfits are so well put together and you make it look effortless. I love the jumpsuit, I’m struggling to find one to suit me.

  15. October 18, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I think you style your outfits really well and the jump suit sounds really handy to have for a short break.

  16. thestyletune
    October 18, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    i dont blame you for the pictures on instagram, the place looks great!

  17. October 21, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I love your outfits. I could never travel with only carry on luggage, I never travel light

  18. thenafranssen
    October 22, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Your outfits are on point, and it looks like you had a blast! Loved it!

  19. October 22, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Nothing wrong with a good holiday spam, I’m sure your insta was fab. Loving all the outfits here, you look gorgeous and looks like a great time was had x

  20. January 29, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Lovely outfits, I especially like the red dress and what a beautiful place too.