Hooray, it's May! That means that summer is at our fingertips. I can't wait to go out without a jacket and enjoy some warm weather. We're off to France in a couple of weeks and I have high hopes for lovely weather. So I've gotten myself a few new things to make my wardrobe feel summery.
As a curvy lady in my 40s, I want to look stylish but definitely not frumpy. SimplyBe recently offered me some holiday outfits, and I was keen to choose some items that would make be feel chic. And I went straight to the dresses. I love how easily dresses can be dressed up or down, depending on accessories. I chose this indigo t-shirt dress as it is looked so comfy. And I wasn't let down when it arrived. It's nice and loose, so would be perfect attire for pizza, wine and ice cream (our favourite holiday meal). It looks nice with capris and a scarf for a bit of sightseeing, but it can also be thrown over your swimsuit for a more casual look. I'm debating getting the striped version as I love this dress so much.
With my t-shirt dress I'm wearing the indigo crop jeggings. Regular readers will know how I love leggings, and these jeggings look so much more stylish than leggings. I love the idea of jeans, but I always find them a bit uncomfortable after a while. So these jeggings will be perfect for our holiday (and school runs, and weekends). I'm also wearing new wayfarer sunglasses. I just love that they're back, but then there's some pink at the bottom. I've also added my favourite summer scarf to the outfit. It is so tropical and always brightens up my outfits (it's last season M&S).
My other outfit is this Alice & You smock dress. Smock dresses can be tough to pull off when you're a larger lady, but I've added an old chunky belt to this one to define my waist (and give it a little 80s pizzazz). And the bell sleeves disguise my upper arm jiggling. I've teamed it with black capri leggings and some strappy ballet shoes (also past season M&S). I will be able to use this look at home all summer, and then add tights and a blazer in the autumn.
My last SimplyBe item is a shrug. I have mentioned my insecurities due to my jiggly upper arms, and a shrug and cardi are great for that arm coverage. This rose shrug is so light and summery. I've teamed it with a Breton top and a straw bag (the bag is this season Asda, but looks quality). This look is giving me French vibes, even when I am just schlepping around London. Oh la la!
I was invited to choose some items from SimplyBe for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.