Salty hair, sun-kissed skin and the romance of the hazy morning light on paradise island… if there was ever a time for a sheer Chloe-meets-Zimmerman dress, Cyprus was it.
You know when you find something on a sale rail and your first thought is “Oh my gosh, I love it!”, but your second thought is “When will I ever wear it?” – well, I know that feeling well and this Zara dress was certainly one of those moments. Even though I knew I’d barely ever wear it, for £12 and 100% viscose, I wasn’t putting it back. It was the end of summer 2015 and there was only one left, and in my size, so of course it was fate, we couldn’t possibly part ways now that we’d found each other. So I took her home and ever since she’s hung in my wardrobe waiting for the perfect occasion to be dusted off and taken out. You’ll remember that most of 2016 was spent pregnant, and then 2017 was spent 10lbs heavier than I was used to, so my beautiful dress was hidden away for years despite her beauty.
Then somehow it was 2018, but the extra baby weight was gone and we were off to Cyprus, and in a wonderful twist of yet more fate, there was a charming, rustic boardwalk on the beach at our hotel… it felt such a natural way to wear the dress and, I’ll be honest, I felt like a bohemian princess swishing around on that little jetty. The dress was a great way to cover up my vintage-inspired bikini; it was modest but pretty and felt soft against my skin. However, I almost felt she was wasted on the beach – and so, having thought about it, I might try this it worn over a pair of blue denim jeans with some statement heels, perfect for cocktail hour with these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings I wore on the beach.
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I hope you love it as much as I do? As I said it’s now three years old, but I’ve linked some similar ones below in case you’ve booked your summer holiday and also want to feel like a Greek goddess, with minimal effort.
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