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 | 40plusstyle.com

Lorraine wearing a striped dress | 40plusstyle.com

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Harbour in Stockholm | 40plusstyle.com

Lorraine pretending to be Agnetha from Abba | 40plusstyle.com

Stockholm | 40plusstyle.com

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 | 40plusstyle.com

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Lorraine wearing a pink dress | 40plusstyle.com

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

Wearing a coral dress in Nice | 40plusstyle.com

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 | 40plusstyle.com

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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