13 Feb 2018

Vacation - Dressing For Dinner

One of my favourite parts of resort life is getting dressed up for dinner. Don't get me wrong, it's great to be in a swimsuit and beachwear during the day, but when night time rolls around, I'm ready to step things up a notch! I try to be strategic in my packing and bring versatile dresses that I can change up with accessories. The first dress I brought was my sea life print dress, aka my Jules Verne dress. There really couldn't be a more appropriate print for beach-side dining. Plus, the neutral colourway makes it the perfect outfit building block. The first night, I wore it with purple and chartreuse accessories. When packing for the trip, I had absolutely no idea that these colours were a big part of the resort design... It is definitely a happy coincidence and the colourful wall turned out to be the best backdrop for outfit pictures. Although matching the resort is not a must, it is for sure a bonus. #Bloggerwin!

For the second appearance, I paired it with a coral cardigan, belt and bag. I finished off with black sandals and earrings for a little contrast. This time, I also decided to wear the collar buttoned up. Items that can be worn differently are also great travel pieces. It's amazing the how differently the same dress can look and feel only by changing up the stylish of said dress. Besides, you only wear it for a few hours. It would be a over kill to bring a different dress for everyday of the week...

I was unsuccessful in finding similar sea life printed dresses, but have rounded up similar neutral printed dresses in the widget below. Be sure to scroll through to also find similar accessories!

Dress: Anarchy Gallery (similar)

Look 1
Belt: Mexx (similar) | Clutch: Zara (similar) | Earrings: Joe Fresh (similar) | Necklace: Tacori (similar) | Sandals: Zara (similar)

Look 2
Belt: Old Navy (similar) | Clutch: Smart Set (similar) | Earrings: Panacea (similar) | Cardigan: Jacob (similar) | Sandals: Old Navy (similar)

The second dress I brought is one of my all-time favourites. To me, it's even more special because it was part of the capsule collection Meghan Markle did with Reitmans a few years back. Now that Meghan is engaged to royalty, not only do more people know who she is, but she will likely not do anymore such collaborations. I'm so happy to have this piece in my wardrobe. The tropical print and the breezy feel also makes it a go-to for trips to warm locals. Obviously, this dress also matched the resort. I swear, I could not have planned this even if I'd dried. The colours really are a perfect match!

The first time I wore it with a denim jacket and long pendant, while I opted to layer a camisole under it and cinch in the waist with a belt for round two. I wore the same sandal and clutch combo both times. The only dressy footwear I brought were the purple sandals, so I made sure to get a lot of wear out of them. I wore them so much, the staff at the resort started referring to me as "the girl with the nice shoes" and "Cinderella". I guess I packed the right statement shoes!

Dress: Reitmans (similar)

Look 1:
Jacket: Banana Republic (similar) | Necklace: Ricki's (similar) | Earrings: Banana Republic (similar) | Clutch: Zara (similar) | Sandals: Zara (similar)

Look 2: 
Tank: Old Navy (similar) | Belt: Mexx (similar) | Earrings: Banana Republic (similar) | Clutch: Zara (similar) | Sandals: Zara (similar)

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