This year has certainly put a halt to many of us having our longed for annual break in sunny climes. I certainly never thought I’d be writing a blog on Staycation Style this July!

We were due to return to our favourite place in the world – a sleepy village on Samos without an English newspaper or breakfast in sight – sheer bliss
But alas and alack, the flights were cancelled last week.
I say alas – but with everything going on at the moment, I have to admit there is part of me that is super relieved that we don’t have to endure whatever the airports had in store for us, and a 4 hour flight with a mask on makes me feel rather claustrophobic just thinking about it. As well of course as agreeing that until we know it really is safe to travel, then lets keep a lid on this thing however we can.

So it is what it is and we are so super lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the UK, made even more lucky by the fact we have a boat on the gorgeous Norfolk Broads and have some of the country’s most stunning beaches within a 15 minute drive.

I’m determined to actually make this a proper holiday though as if we were going away, rather than letting the days just flit by without doing anything (and before you say ooh that sounds bliss, yes indeed it would be if I didn’t have a super active 11 year old boy shouting “Muuuum, what can I do”).

Don’t you find it interesting how when we on our fortnight away, we pack our cases and wear whatever we have in them – yet for the rest of the year so many of my clients stand in front of a bulging wardrobe with 20 x more clothes that can fit into a suitcase, and cry they have nothing to wear.

Admittedly, if like me, there are certain garments that for some reason you feel really comfortable wearing while abroad, but wouldn’t dream of wearing here in the UK but there is that certain feel of dressing for your holiday and that is what I plan to do this year.

Here are a few activities :we have planned and examples of what I might wear:

A typical outfit for a sunny day on our boat. Obviously weather can change and it can get a bit breezy, so I would throw on a white or navy cardigan.

This would be a perfect combo for a cooler day on the boat or a casual day trip. I have used the big white shirt to add contrast to the outfit, but it’s also a great extra layer and adds waist definition.

I’d choose an outfit like this for a visit to a National Trust stately home. Those sorts of places just make me want to feel all girly and “skippy”. I’d also wear something like this for a garden party or afternoon tea. Although the dress may already have a tie belt, I would add a contrasting belt to add more waist definition and to add more interest to the outfit. Note I am taking items from other outfits – in this case the Converse and the earrings.

This would be perfect for a day at the beach or a picnic. I am using the white shirt again – perfect for covering the shoulders against the sun, or if it gets a bit chilly as well as adding contrast, interest and waist definition. I LOVE wearing knotted shirts – give it a try.

So there’s a little peek into my own Staycation Style – but I’d love to know what you’re wearing this summer. Let me know in the comments below. (Of course, if you’re stuck, consider treating yourself to an Online Personal Shop with me and we can look at some outfits for you together!  Email me  for more info) xx