On tropical vacation I want to be feeling comfortable, fabulous and sexy.
I lounge by our villas mini pool like a beautiful basking seal, clad in very little (if anything at all, much to my very polite husbands eternal horror) but when time comes to head to the beachside restaurant or into public, I have the time old dilemma pop up.
I’ve got nothing to wear!
Of course I do have items to wear, but most of it is city attire and made of fabrics that cling to me like a sweaty koala in the holiday heat.
I want to feel comfortable and sexy in flowing flattering colours, prints and fabrics but somehow be dressed effortlessly elegant too.
(The seal below is me when I’m draping myself around in the nudiepie.)
So what to wear for hot summer holiday weather?
Fortunately I’ve done some hunting and found 5 fab buys that are great options for curvy bodies in hot weather. Easy to wear, flowing and comfortable.
I sought the ones that looked the most fabulous with the best reviews.
At present I’m physically a size UK14-16 with very broad shoulders and much mountainous boobahs, though when I’m in great active shape my shoulders and boobahs stay size 12 so there’s hot a huge difference in my sizings. I tend to like fitted and stretchy OR very loose, so as a size 12 I’d buy up to size 16 and as a size 16 I’ll buy up to size 20.
In Asia this is pretty difficult to shop for, so hello Amazon!
Here are my 6 top holiday cover up picks for curves in the heat!
1. EASY WRAP DRESS
I have to admit that when I discovered this dress I squealed with joy. I find it so annoying having to pull on clothes over my head when I’m in tropical weather with dewy sun screeny slightly pinked skin that makes clothes seem to want to cling film onto my body.
This simple wrap dress is such a wonderful idea and I’d love both long and short versions. However, I feel like the long version can be worn well through the day or night, doubling as a lovely cover or light blanket while laying around in the sun and dressing up as a beautiful evening dress for dinner.
While this dress seems to get three stars for most of the reviews I’ve seen, it gets hundreds of sales. So it may be personal preference. For this price we’re not expecting the highest luxury, but I’d be happy with a comfortable practical piece of clothing I can traipse around the beach in and feel fabulous.
2. SHEER CHIFFON COVER UP
Sheer cover ups are so fun and I always want to be the person who wears them, but I have to admit I prefer to wear the more covered-up cover up style, as I feel a bit impolite heading to the breakfast buffet with my entire body encased in sensual chiffon like a giant transparent butterfly chrysalis for the poor children to scream and cry about.
These beautiful sheer cover ups I would wear with the easy wrap dress above, as it would give extra protection from the sun and – the long chiffon robe especially – would pair with the long simple dress for an extravagantly beautiful evening outfit.
The brand Swimsuits For All seems to have beautiful cover up and swimwear options like this lovely chiffon bandeau maxi dress.
3. PRINT KAFTAN / DRESS
Prints are powerful and more importantly, super flattering! Especially on light and flowing beach holiday fabrics. Whether a kimono, long dress or summer poncho style, choose the biggest and noisiest print that speaks to you. It always looks great on holiday! These fabulous patterned pieces are uniquely YOU and since they follow no trends, they can last for years of holidays!
4. FUN SEXY TEE
There’s not much I need to say about the fun sexy tee. Except isn’t it fabulous?
Super cute, playful and comfortable. This is a favourite for the young and young at heart. Also a great buy for those who plan to spend a lot of time in the sun and want extra protection for their skin. I’d definitely wear this over my swimwear while jet skiing or doing other above-water sports, as I know that sunscreen only offers so much protection and if I get sunburned it’s going to make me extra tired while my body heals itself.
5. LITTLE BLACK BEACH DRESS!
Super fave! For all summer dinners and dress ups. Or for those who love wearing black all the time but want to enjoy their summery time too!
With absolutely adorable options available, the only downside I find of these is that my thighs stick to chairs in the daytime heat and I end up getting mesh patterns on my legs for a few hours. Perhaps another reason why my #1 pick is the first item – the easy wrap summer beach dress!
However, this little black beach dress is a darling dress for lazing by water with and using as sun protection while out on the beach.
6. LITTLE WHITE BEACH SHIRT
Or black, up to you! Both are quintessentially elegant and a favourite with the original supermodels, who took care of their skin and still look incredible! So that’s an example I’m willing to follow!
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