Those Summer Nights...

Part I: From Beach to Bar in Style

With special thanks to Peacocks

[Don't miss Beside the Seaside for more summer holiday style tips]

Holiday dressing can be tough. Our summer wardrobes need to work as hard as we have all year round because we never want to waste a moment of our well-earned rest on unnecessary outfit changes! Maximising that glorious summer escape often means going straight from the beach to a sun-drenched terrace for lunch, or for ice-cold cocktails at sundown.  But we still want to look fabulously pulled together and impossibly chic! I do think that's achievable, but like most things fashion, it's all in the planning.

Styling outfits on a hanger, in advance, well before you even pack, helps see at a glance which pieces go together and the accessories each look needs. And to me this is the key - accessories! From shoes to bags, and necklaces to belts and sunglasses, accessories can completely transform a look. Perhaps you forgo jewellery for a day at the beach, but if you're going on to party later, adding a little bit of bling will take you there in style. 

Here are 2 ways to style this gorgeous, turquoise beach dress:

Look 1: Boho Beach Babe

Layering turquoise necklaces adds a beachy, boho vibe to this simple pull-on dress. Colourful beads, in a matching or contrasting tone, aren't too precious, should they go missing in the sand, and are perfect to adorn an easy bikini cover-up.

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Look 2: Gin Palace Princess

Switch it up for nighttime with a waist-cinching belt and a change of jewellery. Add metallic wedges and a fresh slick of lipstick and you're all set to enjoy frozen margueritas on an impossibly glamorous yacht at sunset.

Metallic accessories are a great choice when you're trying to pack light for a summer holiday. They're neutral enough to go with most pieces and add reflective sparkle to otherwise flat colours. Essentially, one metallic necklace, belt and pair of sandals can be your go-to for any summer night.

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Read Part II of my 3-part Summer Nights extravaganza here!