When you're packing it's hard to decide what will make the cut and what will have to stay at home. I think it's best to take a little of everything; I know you might love breton tops, but do you really need to take five?! Take one long sleeved and one short sleeved then swap the others for a pair of comfy shoes. Never underestimate the merits of a comfy shoe when on holiday. Jelly shoes may be gracing the pages of every fashion magazine at the moment but they were not made for sightseeing! Welcome to my Style in a Suitcase series!
This week we have moved on from the kawaii cuteness of Tokyo to the casual cool of Rio de Janeiro! I have never been to Brazil but I chose it this week as it seemed very appropriate, you know, what with the World Cup being held there and all!
Copacabana beach in Rio must be the longest catwalk in the world. At 4km long, it is where the Brazilians come to play beach ball, sunbathe and strut their stuff in their itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis (yellow polka dots optional!) Rio is not a place for retro high waisted bikinis so get out your colourful halter neck like this pretty one from Bershka. For covering up just go for simple denim hotpants and a white top. I found on Tesco website that they have some Aztec print flip flops which go perfectly with the bikini.
In the evening you will feel like dressing up, but don't go too smart. Choose a simple but sexy dress, like this one from ASOS and pair with black sandals. I chose heels for my moodboard but you could also go for flats. Jazz things up with a tropical print clutch. Avoid wearing fancy jewellery and watches and instead accessorize with a bright nail polish. I love this one from Essie, but maybe that's because the name is mojito madness...
Sunglasses- leave the designer frames at home and take some high street ones, this year there are plenty of stylish designs.
Camera- ditch the DSLR and just take a small, cheap one.
Sarong (kanga)- as soon as you arrive go and purchase one of these multi-functional items. They are often used instead of beach towels and can be used as a stylish cover-up.
I have never been to Rio, so if you have been let me know whether
you think these outfits are suitable!