I'm loving all the spring/summer fashion in the shops at the moment. From pastel slogan tops to bright, bold and patterned prints - the colours are beyond beautiful just in time to welcome spring. Since I have some more time off in May and I'm hoping to go away again, over the past month I've been picking up things to put back for my holiday.
I've never really gone on a proper holiday shop before - not with the sole intention to buy items simply for a week spent in the sun. The few times that I have been on holiday at an age where I could treat myself, holidays had always been last minute or I had always been too skint to do so.
So here's a sneak peak of what I bought for spring and summer - mostly consisting of items from H&M and Accessorize (as always).
First up are these two basic woven tops, ideal for casual wear and also perfect to wear to work afterwards. I particularly love the striped one which has added a twist to a usually nautical theme with it's dark red and deep blue stripes, as opposed to just bright blue and white! They fit lovely and I think are sort of a step away from my normal wardrobe choices - these are a bit more grown up and sophisticated but are still super cute and aren't boring. They look lovely just with a pair of jeans and flats. At £12.99 each, they're a bargain when you take into account the quality of these tops, and they're also available in four designs overall.
I really love this top which makes me just think of bonfires on the beach at sunset and kicking back and chilling with friends enjoying the outdoors. I'm not a huge fan of slogan tees unless they're particularly quirky or stand out to be, but I love the simplicity of this design and the subtle pastel colours it uses too. I think it would look great with just a pair of denim shorts and sandles, and I've intentionally gone for a size up so I can wear it loose and baggy on a hot day. It also looks a lot more expensive then it is at £7.99 and can be so versatile.
Keeping in with the 'wild soul' theme, I grabbed this first top on the H&M app for £5.99 and consider it just an alternative to the other one. It's quite similar, but I really love them both so didn't mind buying the two. The pastel green crop top actually isn't something I'd normally wear - I don't really have the tummy for crop tops, even when any skin is covered up by tassels or lace, but when I tried it on, I decided I had to have it. I'll probably wear it with high waisted jeans until I get my dream bikini bod (hopefully sooner rather then later now that I've signed back up for the gym), but at least I can still wear it until then. This top also came in a variety of designs and are very cute and feminine for summer. This top was £9.99, again, very affordable!
I also picked up some general necessities, not really anything for holiday or summer per say. I needed a new going out bag so grabbed this cute edgy one in the sale for something like £3.00 and these cute heels are just right for nights out. I find with H&M shoes they tend to be really great quality and never seem to hurt me too much after dancing all night (although that might be the alcohol making me numb!) but I was pleased with these. They were only £30,00 which is about right for a pair of heels. Finally, I just grabbed a grey pair of jeggings too which I get a lot of wear out of. I absolutely adore H&M jeggings and have them in about four different colours. They're super comfy and can so easily be dressed up or dressed down. I wear them to work religiously everyday (not this one pair obvs, but just the jeggings in general) but often find it easy to dress up with a nice top and heels. They only cost £12.99 and are like, a H&M staple, meaning the shop constantly has these in in a variety of different colours and designs. They do go with everything after all.
I also popped into Primark and Accessorize to treat myself to some jewellery - some lovely layered necklaces and lots of matching bracelets from Primark on the right, and some delicate but beyond beautiful ankles from Accessorize on the left. I don't really love my feet but I can't wait to show off these anklets in a pair of gold sandles and with some hot pink painted toenails. It's almost pushing me to get a little super cute ankle tattoo in time for summer, just so I can have the pretties ankles/feat on the whole beach...
So that's my little recent shopping haul! The tops I've already hung up in my wardrobe with the promise to keep them back for holiday and I've hidden the accessories out of site but it's not easy. I just want to wear everything now but luckily the weather hasn't been nice enough JUST yet. I do find that H&M, Primark and Accessorize have often been my go-to brands lately but since I got so many things on such a small budget, can you really blame me?!
What do you think? Have you started to treat yourself to a summer wardrobe yet? Let me know!
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