How to dress on vacation – A journey through Stockholm and Nice with Lorraine

by Lorraine

How to dress on vacation |

I’m happy to present you with a guest article by long-time reader Lorraine today who takes us on a journey through Stockholm and Nice one dress at a time. Enjoy!

It’s exciting to explore new holiday destinations but it’s also comforting to return to familiar places. So far this year I have been able to fulfil both by visiting somewhere new – Stockholm (Sweden) – and an old favourite, Nice (France).

Although both cities are fairly casual, I am of an age (55) where I prefer to look reasonably smart while also keeping cool (it was 30c in both cities).I also like to go shopping and don’t like being under-dressed in shops. That’s where dresses come in.

As an hourglass I know that fitted clothes suit me best but it is sometimes hard to find a dress that fits bust, hips and waist and they are often longer than the length I prefer – just above the knee. Thankfully I am quite handy with the sewing machine and my close friend Sue is a seamstress so we are always shortening lengths and nipping in waists.

For Stockholm I took a beige and black striped dress, a patterned dress from Great Plains and another striped cotton dress from Boden (not shown).

Lorraine wearing a black and white patterned dress |

Lorraine wearing a striped dress |

Stockholm is fairly flat and all the sights are very walkable, but a boat trip is a great way to orientate yourself.

Church where royal family is buried in Stockholm |

Harbour in Stockholm |

Lorraine pretending to be Agnetha from Abba |

Stockholm |

For Nice I packed a white M&S dress which has hung unworn (why?) in the wardrobe for a few years, and a pink M&S dress of a similar design. Both have embellishments at the neck, which saves packing jewellery.

In front of waterfall in Nice wearing a white Marcs & Spencer dress |

I also took a new Fever London blue and white striped sleeveless dress with side ties that I tied at the front rather than the back, and an old favourite – a Boden empire line dress with a large flowery pattern that received favourable comments when it appeared on 40plusStyle last year.

Lorraine wearing a blue and white sleeveless dress from Fever London |

Lorraine wearing a pink dress |

While in Nice I bought an inexpensive, unlined, linen shift dress in coral – my favourite colour.

Wearing a coral dress in Nice |

Nice is a fantastic location for exploring the coast by car or the efficient train service. In both I stuck to flat sandals in the day.

Playing with the water in Nice |

In the evenings I wore white jeans or flowery trousers with a variety of tops and I had capris for the days we hired a car to explore the mountains behind Nice.

If you would like to know more about the two cities I would be happy to answer questions in the comments.

Thanks for the inspiration Lorraine!

How do you dress on vacation?


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I too pack dresses when on vacation.

I love all your choices.

Great photos too. Looks like a wonderful trip.



Thanks Suzanne. I noticed your love of dresses! When I look back at what I was wearing on some holidays I cringe, so it’s nice to find my ‘groove’ – and it’s thanks to 40plusstyle that I feel a more confident dresser in my 50s.


The photos are beautiful, Lorraine! For some reason, I especially love the Fever London striped dress with the thong sandals. The look is so classy, but relaxed at the same time.

I wish I could get more into dresses but my distaste for having to get alterations done keeps me from it (I’m slightly short-waisted so the waist of every dress hits me at the wrong spot and makes the dress poof out on top). But I do like skirts and tops for travel. It does feel better to look a little more polished than the average jeans and fanny pack travel attire!


Thanks Rita! I was really pleased with that dress too. I had been looking for a blue and white striped T-shirt dress and I walked into a shop, picked it up, tried it on and bought it. Easy! It was a bit long and as it’s stretchy I wasn’t keen on taking it up so I got Sue to do it for me. By bringing the ties round the front I feel they break up the tummy area! Mind you, I have lost half a stone since that holiday, so I might be more confident in it. The thong sandals were purchased in Nice and were very cheap. Dresses are often challenging, fit-wise, I agree.


I love your dresses Lorraine and it looks like a beautiful trip. Please, explain the picture with the three heads cut out.


Thanks Lisa! In Stockholm there’s an ABBA museum but when we got there we discovered it was part of a bigger music museum and was quite expensive to get into. However, there was this ‘cardboard cut out’ of the pop group outside the museum, which I thought was fun, so I obviously chose to pose as Agnetha. For some reason the photographer chose to only include three of the four band members in his photo!

Greetje Kamminga

You indeed look darned good in a dress. Even with flat shoes (which does not work with me at all, unfortunately). I especially like the white linen dress by M&S and the cute sandals you chose with it. My second favourite is the Fever London blue/white striped dress together with the pretty sandals. These two type of flat shoes make your feet very elegant.
Thanks for showing us these towns. Nice I know quite well, but Stockholm is on my list for next year.


If you’re in need for a travel partner for Stockholm, I would be up for it. Would love to see that city!


Thanks Greetje! I don’t really like myself in flat shoes as I have sturdy legs like a pit pony, but needs must! I can recommend Stockholm. It was lovely.


How lovely to see you looking amazing Lorraine. Dresses suit you so well and I love all the different colours and patterns. These are great styles for you and you look smart but also relaxed for enjoying free time on holiday.


Thanks for your comments Aileen!


You look very lovely in all the dresses! Great choices.


Thanks Rebecca!

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