South Beach-Inspired Dressing

Chilling at the beach

Confession: I didn’t take a single outfit photo on our recent jaunt to Miami. Bad, bad blogger. I had all these grand ideas about what and where to shoot but in the end that all went out the window in favour of sitting on the beach, reading books and eating an awful lot of ice cream.

It was so hot that most days I threw the same white shirt over my bikini to walk to the beach, then promptly disrobed and ricocheted between the beach and the sea until it was time to seek shade. Fortunately there are also several beaches in San Francisco, and it was just about warm enough to wear this South Beach-inspired outfit to the beach last week.

Unlike the beautiful beaches in Miami, San Francisco’s offerings are colder, grey and often covered in fog, even if the rest of the city is basking in sunshine. We arrived to one such cloudy sky on Friday, but just as we were contemplating leaving, the clouds started to disperse – hurrah for British beach stubbornness!

I’d been saving this red and white embroidered smock dress specifically for our trip to Miami but it never made it out of my suitcase, so I’m pleased it’s still wearable in the SF climate. I think it’s probably long enough to wear as a dress but I had a slight panic that a gust of wind would lead it astray, so I wore my favourite ‘boyfriend’ denim shorts underneath.

So, who’s up for pretending this is Miami, eh?

Red and white embroidered smock –  Forever 21 / Stonewash ‘boyfriend’ shorts  – c/o New Look, Cabot Circus / Tan sandals – c/o Steve Madden, House of Fraser

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  1. June 16, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    It could totally be Miami. A-hem. Such a lovely piece, I wish we had a F21 in Bristol!

  2. June 17, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Simple, pretty and summery – just what you need for a trip to the beach… unless the fog stays, I guess! x

  3. June 17, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    Haha I’m with you on the stubbornness, I’d have thought “well I’m here now, and I can see the sun poking through the clouds”. I love the smock dress, the detailing around the top is really pretty. xx

  4. June 21, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    I am super stubborn about the weather tpp, blame years of British holidays! ;)

    Maria xxx

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