It’s been quite a while since my last beach holiday. I’m not much of a sun, sea and sand girl – I prefer the smog, smoke and, er, sweat of the city. Alliteration aside (ha), my last few trips have involved more skyscrapers than sunbathers.
When TK Maxx challenged me to find a holiday outfit for under £100, I immediately panicked at the thought of appearing on the blog in a bikini. But then I realised that summer holidays don’t always involve two weeks on a beach reading the Spanish version of OK Magazine – city breaks are just as popular and much easier to dress for. Phew!
Dress, straw bag, belt and brogues, all c/o TK Maxx
So I headed off to my favourite TK Maxx store – Crown Point Leeds – in search of bargains. I’m not shy about my adoration of TK Maxx – it’s one of my absolute favourite places to shop and I never come away empty-handed.
After a quick rifle through the rails I came across this beautiful embroidered dress. Black is one of my favourite summer colours – it looks so good with a tan, which I’m clearly demonstrating with my lily-white legs (they are actually quite tanned but I was standing in direct sunlight!). This pretty piece was £39.99 down from £70 and is the perfect relaxed fit. It’s also made of a crinkled cotton, which means you can scrunch it up in your suitcase without worrying about creases. The care label actually advises you DO NOT iron – amazing.
Black and tan is a classic summer colour combo, so with my LBD in the bag I went on the hunt for tan accessories. I do often struggle with shoes in TK Maxx – I’m a size 8 and the selection for big-footed ladies (holler at me) isn’t always as great as it is for you neat little size 5s. But luck was on my side, and I found these beautiful leather brogues for £29.99 down from £69.99. Comfortable shoes are a must for city summers and these have padded insoles – great for exploring on foot.
Last stop was accessories – a plaited tan belt to nip in my waist (£5.99) and a cute straw shopper to add a beachy vibe to my city outfit (£10). A full summer in the city look for £85.97 – done! #Summer4Keeps
What would you wear for a summer city break?