A Comfortable, Chic Outfit For a Day Sightseeing in Zurich Zara gingham floral print skirt

A few weeks ago we had a wonderful five days in Switzerland, staying with friends who live by Lake Zug. Although it was a short trip we managed to packs lots in, including a day on the lake and hiking up a mountain. With so many different activities, knowing what to pack was a challenge. I’m hopeless at travelling light, especially when going somewhere for the first time.

It was really hot with the temperature reaching the high 20s so I needed a comfortable, chic outfit for a day sightseeing in Zurich.

Of course I packed far too much, mainly because it was hotter than I’d expected. Obviously I checked the weather forecast before leaving so I knew it was going to be warm, but I thought the evenings would be cooler. Well, I was wrong, and the jacket, jumper and poncho stayed in the case. As well as enjoying the great outdoors, we decided to hop on a train to experience a bit of city life Swiss style. It was really hot with the temperature reaching the high 20s so I needed a comfortable, chic outfit for a day sightseeing in Zurich. I teamed my Zara gingham floral print skirt with a simple black vest and flat sandals to keep me cool.

A Comfortable, Chic Outfit For a Day Sightseeing in Zurich Zara gingham floral print skirt

My red leather backpack provided the perfect combination of style and practicality, picking up on the red in the floral print.

The colours in the print of this skirt makes it very versatile. Last time I paired it with a red one shoulder top, but it would also work well with a blue, white or green top. This black vest (which I’ve had for ages) travels well because it doesn’t crease and goes with practically everything. It’s made of a lightweight fabric that feels a bit like swimsuit material so I can wash it by hand and it dries in no time. My red leather backpack provided the perfect combination of style and practicality, picking up on the red in the floral print. I bought it about 15 years ago on the Greek island of Symi while on holiday in Rhodes. It’s served me very well over the years and is still going strong.

A Comfortable, Chic Outfit For a Day Sightseeing in Zurich Zara gingham floral print skirt

I’d been warned that clothes are very expensive in Switzerland so I wasn’t planning on doing any shopping, but out of curiosity I had a browse in a few shops…and came out empty handed!

I wore my new shades from Amevie which you may have seen in my previous post. Even though the lenses are ice blue they actually cast a warm tint when looking through them. With my new hat from Mango (only £4.99 in the sale!) and flat padded sole sandals I was super comfy all day. I’d been warned that clothes are very expensive in Switzerland so I wasn’t planning on doing any shopping, but out of curiosity I had a browse in a few shops…and came out empty handed! This is not bargainista fashionista territory! Even the souvenir shops were out of my price range. Sorry mum, no novelty cow bell or fridge magnet.

Never mind, we didn’t go to shop, but we did have an amazing lunch at Europe’s oldest vegetarian restaurant (post on that to come soon). The trains ran like clockwork and everywhere was immacutely clean. I could get used to the Swiss way of life…if I stopped buying clothes. Wait…who am I kidding? That’s never going to happen!

Have you ever been to Switzerland? If so what were your impressions? And if you live in Switzerland please share your tips on buying clothes on a budget (for when I go next time!).

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A Comfortable, Chic Outfit For a Day Sightseeing in Zurich Zara gingham floral print skirt

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A Comfortable, Chic Outfit For a Day Sightseeing in Zurich Zara gingham floral print skirt

A Comfortable, Chic Outfit For a Day Sightseeing in Zurich Zara gingham floral print skirt Amevie sunglasses, Mango straw hat

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Stripes and Cats Mango striped cat motif top Amevie Paris sunglasses

There’s only one way to improve a striped top, and that’s with a little embellishment. While I love a stripes and floral print combo, nothing comes close to stripes and cats! I’m a sucker for animal motifs so when I saw this top in the Mango sale I added it to my online shopping basket quick as a flash. The cute tie front is the icing on the cake. The material is so soft it feels like a second skin. The only gripe I have with Zara and Mango is those huge papery labels, because even when I snip them out they leave scratchy bits that irritate me. Anyway, a bit of careful work with some nail scissors sorted that out!

Stripes and Cats Mango striped cat motif top Amevie Paris sunglasses

In keeping with the cat theme I’m wearing some fabulous new cat eye sunglasses from Amevie. I love the oversized style and blue reflective lenses. They are so light and comfortable that I could almost forget I’m wearing them. I took them on my recent trip to Switzerland and wore them for a day sightseeing in Zurich (there’ll be a post on that soon!).

For each pair of sunglasses sold, Amevie give a pair of eyeglasses to a child in need via their charitable partner, Seva Canada, who has helped more than 4 million people see again.

Amevie is a Canadian lifestyle and sun-care brand that aims to empower people to “love their lives in the sun, worry-free”. The name comes from the latin for “love life”. Sustainability is at the heart of Amevie; the sunglasses are made from bamboo, which can be harvested within four to five years, compared to hardwood trees which require 25 to 70 years of growth. For each pair of sunglasses sold, Amevie give a pair of eyeglasses to a child in need via their charitable partner, Seva Canada, who has helped more than 4 million people see again. The company’s founder, Ana Caracaleanu teamed up with the charity after her mother was diagnosed with advanced cataract, and nearly went blind.

 Stripes and Cats Mango striped cat motif top Amevie Paris sunglasses

All Amevie sunglasses have CAT 3 polarized 100% UV blocking lenses, high quality hinges and are waterproof.

There are eight styles of sunglasses to choose from (most are unisex) and range in price from $60-$99 USD. All Amevie sunglasses have CAT 3 polarized 100% UV blocking lenses, high quality hinges and are waterproof. Despite the lightness they feel very durable. I’m wearing the Paris design which I would say are the largest style in the range. For reference, I have quite a wide face and these fit a little on the roomy side. If you have more petite features you may be better suited to one of the other styles. The funky Del Mar model, which features reflective blue lenses and natural bamboo arms, fits narrow. I also love the Vegas design –  a classic brown cat eye design which fits all. The sunglasses come with a microfibre pouch, cleaning cloth, foldable case and box.

After taking some photos wearing my white and gold flat sandals I spotted a pair of red wedges in mum’s closet too, so I put them on and we snapped some more.

If you look closely at the photo above you may see the reflection of my photographer; this was my daughter’s first attempt at taking blog photos for me. Not bad for an eight-year old, don’t you think? We spent a long weekend at my mum’s where the weather was glorious. I didn’t have a bag to go with this outfit so I raided her wardrobe and picked out this red one from Dune. After taking some photos wearing my white and gold flat sandals I spotted a pair of red wedges in mum’s closet too so I put them on and we snapped some more. Mum said I could have them because she can only wear flats now. I gave her two dresses and she gave me some shoes…that’s a successful swap!

Do pop over to Amevie and have a look at the different styles…I’d love to hear which are your favourites! It’s link up day so scroll down to share what you’ve been wearing and see last week’s favourite looks!

Stripes and Cats Mango striped cat motif top Amevie Paris sunglasses

Stripes and Cats Mango striped cat motif top Amevie Paris sunglasses

Stripes and Cats Dune red top handle bag

Stripes and Cats Mango striped cat motif top Amevie Paris sunglasses

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Stripes and Cats + Style With a Smile Link Up Mango striped cat motif top Amevie Paris sunglasses

Stripes and Cats Dune red top handle bag

Stripes and Cats Lotus red wedge shoes

Stripes and Cats Mango striped cat motif top Amevie Paris sunglasses

Mango top | Zara culottes | Amevie sunglasses c/o | Dune bag | Azuni necklace, earrings and cuff | Ri-belle white and gold sandals | Lotus red wedge shoes

Style With a Smile week 33 faves

Last week’s favourites are To Be BrightIs This Mutton and In My Joi. I’m loving the stripes, pearls and tropical print!

 

Disclaimer: The sunglasses were gifted to me in exchange for review. All opinions are completely honest and unbiased. This post contains affiliates links which means if you click on them and/or purchase via a link I may earn a few pennies, at no extra cost to you. This helps towards the running costs of the blog and is much appreciated.

 

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