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Tuscany: Lo Stile

Tuscany: Lo Stile

I'm British and I'm not particularly used to heat. That doesn't mean I don't love to travel to hot places, but it does mean I have a tiny panic about my wardrobe when the hot weather holiday rolls around. I wrote in my last post about that bikini body confidence we all crave - but there is also shorts wearing confidence, lack-of-abs in crop tops confidence, and just generally feeling chic and not shabby in that kind of heat. So with no further ado let's talk hot weather looks for your up-coming trips, and what worked for me in Tuscany.... 

First up, I'll start with an easy look that's very on trend this summer: gingham. I'd been eyeing up a few out-of-my-price-range gingham wrap tops and wondering if I could pull them off when I happened upon this beauty from Pull & Bear. Although I must admit when I first tried it on I felt slightly like a picnic table cloth but it was so light and summer friendly I decided that maybe this number needed that holiday sun context (darling). Turns out I'm a big fan as this soon became my favourite look of the holiday. The balloon sleeves fed into my statement sleeve obsession and the tie waist made this a cool alternative to my usual tshirt. I also bloody love these shorts - good give, high waisted, flattering and a bargain....  

Gingham top: Pull & Bear here / Black shorts: Berksha here 

Gingham top: Pull & Bear here / Black shorts: Berksha here 

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Playsuits are a bit of a must for me - although I often struggle to find ones that fit my figure. BUT this one from Honey Punch fits like a dream - nips in at the waist, doesn't struggle over my hips and still lightweight enough for daytime exploring. Plus those flared sleeves and cold shoulder cut made me feel very chic in the heat... although at first I felt way too girly in this floral number, I soon embraced it - and threw on my man-ish trainers to balance anyway. 

Playsuit: Honey Punch on ASOS here 

Playsuit: Honey Punch on ASOS here 

Keeping on with that explorer vibe, we come to another look and another day of me running around tuscan towns. I like a simple shorts and a tee look on other people, so this is my 'with a twist' version as simple often looks, well, plain on me. A couple good pairs of high waisted shorts (or anything really) never fail to make it into my suitcase and though I'm usually a slave to denim, these cotton alternatives proved their worth, being super lightweight and pretty chic in the heat - if i do say so myself. I paired them with a cool little white tee with shoulder frills -which I tied up to show my imaginary abs - adding a little extra something something. Plus, adding a pair of white flat-forms meant I could explore to my hearts content. 

White tshirt: Zara Similar here and alternative colour here / Black & White Striped Shorts: Zara similar here and here / White Star shoes: originally ASOS similar here

White tshirt: Zara Similar here and alternative colour here / Black & White Striped Shorts: Zara similar here and here / White Star shoes: originally ASOS similar here

Now, let's talk swimwear... I opted for bright or patterned bikinis for this trip as there weren't too many one-pieces that grabbed my attention. And whilst I wasn't always in the mood for flashing everything-my-mumma-gave-me I utilised cute cover ups to give me a little more sass and still stay cool in the heat. I'm an oversized shirt (or, again, anything) advocate but also like to use long button dresses worn open as a kimono alternative - but if you'd rather a real Kimono, Zara have some beautiful choices this season. Oh and look, more cotton shorts... 

I've got a thing about leaves...

I've got a thing about leaves...

Bikini top: Jaded London here / Palm tree Shorts: Zara here  

Bikini top: Jaded London here / Palm tree Shorts: Zara here  

Blue One shoulder bikini: Next here / Stripe men's Shirt: similar here / Sunglasses: ASOS similar here  

Blue One shoulder bikini: Next here / Stripe men's Shirt: similar here / Sunglasses: ASOS similar here  

Perfect Sliders: Monki here 

Perfect Sliders: Monki here 

Let's not forget, that sunset glow and evening hot breeze - drink of choice in hand and delicious food on the way. It's easy to get hung up on the "hot sun" outfits and, if you're disorganised like me, forget that at night it can be a bit nippy... throwing in a sweater or two meant I wasn't the one wrapped in a massive blanket whilst dining al-fresco. Well at least not every night. This number from Pull & Bear did the trick and is lightweight enough to transition to the common London Summer days (i.e. overcast). 

Sweater: Pull & Bear here / Black Shorts (DIY customised) Bershka here or similar with studding here

Sweater: Pull & Bear here / Black Shorts (DIY customised) Bershka here or similar with studding here

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If you couldn't tell already, I love to explore - read more about what I discovered in beautiful Tuscany in my next post - and one of the most amazing things we did was dine at sunset at an insane hilltop restaurant. Of course, this required a pretty great outfit (on a tight budget). I'd had my eye on this pink denim jacket for a while - it's pink for a start, and statement denim is something I pretty much worship. I've seen a couple options of the 'distressed' pink denim jackets but this one felt more timeless and could be dressed up or down. I broke the 'fashion rules' at this point and paired with a cute red H&M dress, burgundy heels and scarlet lips (plus my usual gold necklaces and double-buns one way or another). Voila, Lady in red for a meal under the Tuscan setting sun. xo B 

Pink Denim Jacket: ASOS here / Red dress: H&M currently sold out, similar here & here / Burgundy heels: Originally Topshop similar here & here 

Pink Denim Jacket: ASOS here / Red dress: H&M currently sold out, similar here & here / Burgundy heels: Originally Topshop similar here & here 

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