Barbados Holiday Wardrobe

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer silk maxi dress

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I posted an outfit from a holiday in Barbados where I extolled the virtues of the maxi dress. Well as I make last minute preparations to fly off to sunnier climes once more I thought I’d share some photos of the other maxi dresses that have become the mainstay of my holiday wardrobe.

I love the mix of prints in this dress and the pretty ruffles on the bust…and it co-ordinates perfectly with the stunning sunset.

Most of my dresses I picked up for a song, either on eBay, in sales or charity shops. This silk one-shoulder dress is from Marks and Spencer but I bought it on eBay for about £10. It was brand new with the tags on. Because I have so many clothes from M&S I can buy without trying on, confident that they will fit. I love the mix of prints in this dress and the pretty ruffles on the bust…and it co-ordinates perfectly with the stunning sunset. Most of my outfit photos were taken either at sunset or after dark because the sun sets quite early in Barbados (around 6pm) and getting the little one out of the pool before then wasn’t easy!

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer silk maxi dress

sunset at Surfside, Holetown, Barbados

Almond BEach resort, Speightstown sunset

night-sky-holetown

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe dickins-and-jones-maxi-dress

This dress is from Dickins and Jones, bought from House of Fraser in the sale at the end of Summer. It was reduced to just over £8! Even though it was only available in a small I had to chance it for that price (knowing I could return it if it didn’t fit) but to my delight it did fit! It’s very low cut so I needed to put a safety in it to spare my blushes, but the deep V means I can wear a big necklace.

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe dickins-and-jones-maxi-dress

Barbados Holiday WardrobeMarks and Spencer silk-maxi-dress

Another M&S silk dress that I bought on eBay, again for less than £10. It’s a little small on the bust – the black part of the dress isn’t quite deep enough – but otherwise it fits fine. It’s lovely and cool, plus the straps are detachable so you could wear it as a strapless dress too.

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe black-and-white-striped-dress

I’ve had this black and white dress for years and it’s been on quite a few holidays. It’s not the easiest dress to get into (getting my shoulders through the waistband is a bit of a tussle) but I love the design. I bought it from Asos, but with being so old it’s no longer available – this one is the closest match I could find.

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer dress

I love the colours in this dress and how the sleeves look like wings when I spread my arms!

Now this dress really was a bargain; I found it on a clearance rail in Marks and Spencer (a long time ago) for the grand sum of £5! I didn’t have to think twice about snapping it up. I take it on every beach holiday because it’s cool and airy, doesn’t crease and feels fantastic on thanks to it being super stretchy. I love the colours in this dress and how the sleeves look like wings when I spread my arms! It has a built in top underneath the flowing sleeves so my sides are covered. I wore this dress on the last night of our holiday when we went to the Speightstown Sizzler – a little food and music festival where our friend Beveny was cooking traditional Bajan fishcakes. They were absolutely delicious and I want to go back for more!

Do you have a tried and tested formula for beach holiday packing? I’d love to hear how you prefer to dress on vacation 🙂

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer dress

Barbados Holiday Wardrobe Marks and Spencer dress Speightstown Sizzler

 

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14 Comments

  1. February 17, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    How do you do that? Wow, I absolutely love the second and last one! I never find a bargain, it s probably because I don t search hard enough! I must look at eBay!

  2. February 17, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    You look so stunning, adore the prints, wow what a holiday too x

  3. February 18, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    You look stunning in the dress from Dickins and Jones! Need to put Barbados on my- to- go list! lovely photos!
    xo Yvonne
    http://www.aproposh.com

  4. February 19, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Now those are some gorgeous sunsets!!! Wow! I love that dress with the ruffle (the first one pictured)!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • February 27, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Thank you Carrie! I do love watching a beautiful sunset on holiday 🙂

  5. February 19, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Wow Emma, first off, your makeup looks gorgous! I love all of your dresses and especiallythe orange colorful one, you make maxi dresses look great! What a fantastic trip! I am hoping to go somewhere warm next winter.
    thanks for linking
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • February 27, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Thank you Jess! A trip somewhere warm in Winter makes it bearable – the UK weather is so miserable and grey.

    • February 27, 2017 / 11:27 am

      Thanks Brooke! Yes it was fab 🙂

  6. February 21, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    So many gorgeous dresses, Emma.Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday! Also, I am currently looking for co-hosts, so I hope you will consider the opportunity.
    A Pocketful of Polka Dots
    The black and white striped dress really caught my eye – so striking!

    • February 27, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Thanks Jennie! I’d love to co-host…I’ll drop you an email xx

  7. February 21, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    You are such a good barganista! Such fantastic finds. I really like the Dickens andJones dress – beautiful. I’m currently searching for that Winser stripe dress everywhere now! x
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • February 27, 2017 / 10:58 am

      I do love a bargain Laurie! It adds to the fun of shopping 🙂 The Winser dress is still available, which surprised me because I bought it in the sale.

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