29th May 2016
Exploring Valencia in Style.
Photographs by B. Horton and words by me
I got to go on a holiday recently to Spain to stay with family along the Costa Blanca near Denia. My sister and I jetted out on the 8th of April and spent a week eating great food, drinking wine and exploring the sights and atmosphere of a more traditional Spain. We had such a fantastic time and the trip was just the right mix of relaxation and cultural experiences that I had been craving and definitely needing. My favourite part of the trip however was a day out in beautiful Valencia - an architecturally pleasing and historical city in the Costa del Azahar. It's a traveller's dream with it's ancient history as a Roman colony as well as its numerous tourist sites and abundance of restaurants and swanky cool little bars (all serving its signature drink - Agua de Valencia). I'll do a proper write up on my time there in the next post, for now I wanted to share my outfit with you all and give you a few pointers on staying stylish whilst travelling and exploring new cities.
Sunglasses - New Look Dress -H&M Trainers - Nike Bag - New Look (old)
If there's anything I've learnt from my holidays over the past couple of years it's that you should always pack trainers! Seriously. If you are planning on exploring beautiful large cities then trust me when I say you are going to destroy your feet if you try to spend your days walking in less comfy footwear. We were only in Valencia a short 6 hours, but I was so relieved to get back on the train home as even with my comfortable Nikes, I still had a bit of achiness. Trainers are having a bit of a comeback in fashion at the moment as well and there are so many styles and colours on the market that it's more than easy to find a pair and experiment with styling new outfits. Let's flashback to Lily Allen circa 2006, setting a new fashion trend of pretty prom dresses paired with sporty trainers - the look was cool and urban and inspired fashion followers to dust of their old gym shoes and put on their best party dress. But it doesn't stop at dresses now, you can mix up a city chic outfit of tailored trousers and shirts with a pair of Adidas Gazelles or style your skinny jeans with your favourite running shoes.
Spain is very much a country of casual dressers when it comes to fashion trends and I loved seeing the variations of women in city shorts or skinny jeans and tshirts with a smart blazer or leather jacket thrown over their shoulders. They certainly know how to dress for the climate, adding subtle layers to tackle the hot afternoons and see them into the chillier evenings. For a traveller that isn't used to the warmer climate I think it's a good idea to dress with temperature in mind but still look trendy, especially if you're having lunch in one of the more exclusive and swanky parts of the city. Shops like H&M and Zara sell comfy Harem style trousers that can be worn with a lace up top or blouse and there's an abundance of pretty airy summer dresses on the highstreet just begging to be snapped up. The locals don't really bat an eyelid at the tourists roaming around, so feel free to bare your legs and catch some rays - you'll be thankful you did! Temperatures can get quite hot and even in April we saw it reach 30 degrees celsius.
I opted for this on trend light and airy H&M dress with lace up detailing, it was the perfect length to keep me cool but the sleeves allowed it to keep me warmer in the shade or inside cafes where the temperatures are thankfully kept lower than the streets. I love the pattern and style, it can easily be dressed up with a pair of tights and some heeled boots but equally toned down to allow for casual dressing. I decided to wear my Nike Air Maxes to contrast the slight formality of the dress and I'm really pleased with the overall look - I felt very much a part of the city and most importantly extremely comfortable throughout my day exploring stunning Valencia.