As you’ll have seen on the ‘gram, I ‘recently’ (in June…) went to Venice for a long weekend and had the most fabulous time.
I was really excited, of course, to wander the canals, soak in the culture, and drink c.80% of the Aperol that was produced this year, but I’d be lying if I said that a major thrill to the pre-holiday planning wasn’t the opportunity to wear some of my favourite summer outfits.
I view holidays, especially those in Italy, essentially as one long (and carefully planned) opportunity to dress up. I feel like you can bring out the pieces that might be a little much for the everyday London grind and be playful with bold colours and prints. I fully intended to do this, but because we were only there for three days, I had to have a conversation with my boyfriend a few days before we left, warning him that the number of outfit changes a day could easily surpass three. He took it pretty well!
Because Venice isn’t a beachy place, but it is HOT I tried to pack a lot of light cottons or loose dresses. I went big on the colours, patterns and frills too. Because if you can’t do that in Italy, then where can you?! I took plenty of low sandals with thick heels because I wasn’t sure on the cobblestone situation, and made sure I had comfy shoes for the day because I knew we’d be walking around a lot. Then I took one pair of evening heels that went with all of the options I had for the evening, again with a blocky heel so as to avoid any broken ankles! <—- been there, done that, and it wasn’t pleasant!
Anyway, here’s what I came up with:
The airport, the night before:
- I had loads of comments at work about this outfit, mostly because of the head scarf. Some were nice and others were open to interpretation, but I loved it. I felt like I was ready for holiday! I love the frilled midi skirt, you’ll be familiar with my new love of a midi skirt if you’ve read one of my recent posts.
- Outfit one: LEMONS! I love me a bit of colour, but I love how light and airy adding anything white to your outfit is. My lemon top was really cool because my shoulders were out (and hopefully tanning!) and because it is cropped I felt like that countered the heat from having my arms covered. Totally making this up…. Anyway, my striped Cos clutch was with me all weekend and my metallic converse were the perfect all-day walking shoe! My boyfriend got me my hat from Oliver Bonas especially for our trip, and it definitely came in handy because it was so so hot.
- Outfit two: What else could you possibly want from Italy but Shoes and Spaghetti. This is one of the great things to come from H&M this season, and I’ve already linked this skirt, also from H&M. I put the jacket on completely for show, because as I’ve said…it was hot!
- Outfit three: I pretty quickly got rid of the sleeves and into this little top that I picked up for €8 in a little shop on a side street which I was very happy about! It also looks great with white shorts…
- Outfit four: Our first evening there we went for dinner at this beautiful little restaurant alongside the canal a little while away from the main square. Tip: the food is so much nicer and less expensive the further you stray. I got this dress early last summer from & Other Stories and it has fast become my summer favourite. It’s so bright and playful and the slits help it stay super breezy.
- Outfit One: There were only two outfits on this day because we spent most of it out and about at one of the surrounding islands (Burano). I got this red Bardot dress from New Look last year, or maybe the year before and it just brightens me up the moment I put it on. The sandals are from Office and the combination of the soft suede and the chunky heel make them suuuuuuper comfy!
- Outfit Two: This outfit was my favourite from the trip, I just felt so glam with my hair slicked back, the big earrings and the palazzo trousers – couldn’t have felt much more like we were in Italy! This was our “fancy” night out, and we went for an evening gondola ride, followed by a few drinks of the terrace of the Hotel Palace Gritti (lush) and then dinner back near our Air BnB – the dinner was actually so nice the night before that we went there again! My trousers here are ASOS (not current but similar here), and the body (not current) and earrings (this season but now off the site) are both from Zara.
- Outfit One: Another summer and holiday favourite of mine, and unsurprisingly another ASOS number. My friend actually spotted this in the Stylist 30 things last year, circled it and put it on my desk with a post it note – “You NEED this dress” . She was right, I did, and I love it. There’s something romantic and a little magic about a postcard print that reminds you of all the adventures you’re yet to have.
I didn’t take any pictures of my plane outfit, because we were so delayed and I was so tired it was just a bit grim, but I’m sure I’ll show you it another time!
If you haven’t been to Venice, I strongly recommend it. Apart from the opportunity to dress up, there really is so much to see and admire. We’ll be going to Texas in September, so keep your eyes open for a post full of tassels, denim shorts and cowboy boots – I promise to not leave it til November to post!