Beach holiday outfits: tight bermuda and flower dress

by Sylvia

Flower dress with tight shorts

Today I will present you with the first of some very casual summer outfits that feature shorts and short dresses. In summer anything goes, and it’s all about having fun and being comfortable and cool. As I’m going on holiday, I have prepared a few of these holiday outfit looks just to entertain you and give you inspiration. Don’t expect anything too fancy!


You have seen this flower dress before when I wore it in my 40 Plus models photoshoot.

This dress was bought in the sales in Holland last years and it’s proven to be a great casual dress for the beach. As you can see from these pictures, it’s also fun to combine with other casual wear like these shorts, if you like to be a bit more dressy for a stroll at the beach  in the early evening. These kind of tighter shorts (with stretch) are actually very flattering. Certainly when you combine them with something long over the top. I will have a few more looks with these shorts coming up.

flower dress and bermuda

This Dolce & Gabbana white jeans jacket makes it into my travel wardrobe for Europe almost every year. It was bought in the sales in Holland (again) quite a few years ago and I never wear it much here in Singapore, as I just have no need for it. In Holland, however, jackets are a constant requirement and this one fits many of my outfits. Actually this whole outfit (except the shoes and bag) made it into my travel wardrobe which I will highlight tomorrow.

casual chic

I will stay in touch throughout my holidays of course. I have prepared some fantastic articles, holiday inspiration outfits and I’m hoping to provide images of new finds and interesting places as well. In one week’s time I will even attend a Madonna concert, so should be interesting to snap some pictures there and to see how many 40+ women will attend.

I, for one, am looking forward to the sentimental journey back through my teens, twenties, thirties and forties with her music. And I’m taking the next generation with me: my 12 year old niece!

Update: here are all the other outfits for this beach holiday outfit 2012 series

  1. Black and white casual chic
  2. White short dress with denim jacket
  3. Pink shorts with oversized shirt
  4. White shorts with flower top
  5. Striped bermuda shorts with t-shirt and jacket
  6. Pink shorts with tank and blouse

Here’s to some happy holidays! What are your plans?


Proposed by you connected – white shorts and patterned blouse looks great. You look beautifully. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration


Thank you Ev


You look gorgeous! Love the whole style and especially your great smile…the best accessory!!


Thanks Pam

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

I really like this silhouette of short dress over long shorts – it looks so fresh. And you look marvelous, Sylvia, ready for your European journeys!


Thanks Patti. Right now not feeling so fresh. Still heavily jetlagged!


Very nice combination. Like it very much. I would have taken the shoes as well as I like them a lot. Which is quite strange for somebody who doesn’t like flat shoes. Perhaps it is the wedge heel. Or perhaps the shape of your foot is different. Anyway …I like the shoes.


I like them too Greetje. It’s just that I can only take a few shoes. These ones are not the most versatile and practical, so the outfit on the holidays will be a compromise….

Kathleen Lisson

This top is a beautiful print!


Thanks Kathleen!

Anne @ the Frump Factor

You know, I never would have thought of putting a shorter summer dress over longer white shorts. (Not that I own either at the moment, but still….) It’s a great look! Thanks for the inspiration, and enjoy your vacation.


Thank you Anne! Glad I could give you some new ideas!


That is very beautiful. It is very hot here too in the US feels like heat wave all over the country. I think I could wear my tunic with white pants too. To re-create this look. ^_^



I look forward to seeing it Kim!


Nice combination! What a beautiful dress! Wearing it over longer shorts and those shoes. It’s a great look!
Hope you have a nice vecation!


Thank you Robert!

Bella Q

I love love love this look! I think its very youthful but not too young. Ok, I tried on a pair of white bermuda under a black linen dress today- almost wore it. I liked it but it’s a bit too chilly where I’m at. BUT it did remind me of you- and here you are rocking the long shorts/short dress combo like Bon Jovi at a sports arena. Rawr!


Haha Bella. I AM actually going to Madonna this Sunday. Need to find something fun for that. Holland is cold too!

Heather Fonseca

Cute! I don’t have any walking shorts, but I like your combination!


Let’s hope they get some wear, which means I have good weather!

Amy Carsen

I love this outfit. The shorts are a perfect touch to make it a bit more formal. Absolutely love it!


Thank you Amy!

Mistress Bliss

Super cute and great idea to layer a short dress over the bermudas…I love it!


Thank you!


This is a super cute outfit. You wouldn’t wear this to a restaurant during the day? Or would you? I love it! Now I’m thinking I need some white shorts too. 😉 I think you should have a store and then whenever I see something I love I could buy if from you. hee hee


Hi Joni. I actually think this is nice enough to wear to a restaurant too… Certainly in a holiday location. Unfortunately a lot of the things I’m wearing are old clothes, so can’t give links to shops where you can buy them. But I’m planning to do more what to buy and my favorites buys posts in future.


Now, this outfit is great. The top is so fun-looking and the little white shorts and matching denim jacket really look cute. Very youthful looking.


Thanks Petra!

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