Spain Travel Diaries ~ Rainbow Brights in Alicante

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Like adults in Harvey Nichols kids at Christmas we have been counting down the sleeps until we get to share this latest post with you, and today’s the day. Whoop whoop. As part of our Spain Travel Diaries we teamed up with Coast to style up their Summer Resort Collection: full of gorgeous brights, rainbow stripes and pretty, pretty pieces perfect for your holiday wardrobe.

We happily packed up our top picks from the collection and road tested them on the cobbled streets of Alicante Old Town. Like 2 modern day Anneka Rice wannabes, we darted around the streets in search of sangria pink blossom trees & sun bleached pastel houses to twirl in front of. We are happy to report that we found them all.

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

So sangria aside, holiday dressing: it’s a conundrum.

The balance of daytime dressing vs nightime appropropriate pieces gets us every time. Plus the weight limit, we are pretty sure its not always just us tipping the scales.

But then balancing and juggling acts seem to be all the rage these days. Not only in our lives as fashion designers vs bloggers, but we realised it’s been part of our personal style manuals for years without really knowing it.

One of us could give Barry Manilow a run for his money in her utter love of frills, bows and all things girly but when it comes to accessories she’s a tomboy through and through. If it’s chunky, bulky and a little bit fugly it’s in. The other has been raiding her brother’s wardrobe for years with her love of boxy cuts, over sized shirts and waistcoats but offer her a shoe that’s as pretty as a peach with bells and whistles adorning it and this Cinderella slips her foot right in.

 Playing the sartorial balancing act until you get it just right and we think this is key for Summer holiday packing. Coast can help

To make your packed pieces go further we like to tone down dressier styles with flat sandals or casual accessories to make maxi dresses or cute baby dolls deliver in the daytime. This rainbow maxi dress would see you through a multitude of occasions {garden party, races or wedding back on home soil or from poolside chic to evening cocktails, making it surely a winner} and this trapeze mini dress works in pretty much the same way. Both we’ve styled dressed down for that perfectly balanced outfit.

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

*dont think we could love these dresses any more*

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Alice wears maxi dress by Coast, bag by Chloé, hat by asos, sandals by L.K.Bennett, sunglasses by H&M, watch by Henry London

Hannah wears dress by Coast, bag by Chloé, hat by asos {similar here}, sandals by Chloé {similar here}, sunglasses by Black Eyewear, watch by Abbott Lyon

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Balance is the name of the game, remember.

 We love how this outfit of cut work maxi skirt and rainbow camisole too make for some fantastic holiday pieces, as they can be easily dresses up or down and either would work so well with a basic to make you anything but basic. Throw in a plain white tee and you have an amazing all white outfit or your reworked denim mini to make this rainbow stripe cami perfect for the beach. We could harp on about how this pleated and lace trimmed dress would work for SO many Summer occasions but we’d also wear it mooching around Alicante Old Town with a beaten up old denim jacket and oversize vintage straw bucket bag {we did infact, do just that} A seriously bright colour like this isn’t for everyone {we LOVE it} but if you are brave enough to give it a go make sure accessories are understated and neutral.

 You get the picture. 

 Like scales tipping you need to hit the right harmony in any outfit to make it zing, and especially for holiday pieces, where suitcase space is limited, multi purpose pieces are the way forward in our book. We always counterbalance a little ladylike with a spot of tomboy. Find your own sartorial balancing act and we think you’ll be fine tuning your vacay style in no time. And Coast are here to help.
Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Belle & Bunty London COAST Spain Travel Diary SS17 2017 summer style inspiration

Alice wears camisole by Coast, skirt by Coast, bag by See by Chloé, shoes by New Look {similar here}, sunglasses by H&M

Hannah wears dress by Coast, vintage bag, shoes by Mint Velvet {similar here}, sunglasses by Mango {similar here}

Photos by Victoria Metaxas

This post is in collaboration with Coast. All styling and words our own.

See more Coast‘s Summer Resort Collection and how we style it over on their Instagram page here!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Ashley 11/04/2017 at 3:21 pm

    DYING over these dresses ladies! Seriously so stunning!!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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