Firstly, A HUGE SORRY FOR THE BREAK! The weather in London was so miserable before I left, making it hard to get any good content to have scheduled for during the holiday. With that said, the weather in Dubai certainly did not disappoint, and this means that hopefully this post should be packed with content and (hopefully) make up for that long break!
For those of you who follow me on instagram (@theclotheschameleon), you'll have noticed that for the past 9 days, I've been in Dubai!
Dubai is an incredible city, and if you ever get the opportunity to go, I would definitely recommend that you take it! It's rapidly changing (one of our taxi drivers, Madjid, said that the majority of the construction is set to be completed by 2020) and this means that you see a stark contrast between the old and new parts of the city. Past the shopping malls and Burj Khalifa, there is a a lot more to this unique city than meets the eye, and really Dubai offers something for everyone. Therefore, lots of activities also means lots of outfits- is it only me, or do other people like to match their outfits to the places they're going to or activities they're doing? In this post, I'll go through what I wore for each day, and what kind of activities I did; note that, although it's probably more okay for tourists to show their shoulders/knees in more touristy areas in the Emirates now, I preferred to cover up so as to be respectful of the customs of the country hence, a LOT of culotte-tshirt combos.
We left really late on Saturday evening and arrived on the morning of Sunday, so I knew I need something that I could wear during the day on Sunday as check-in at the hotel was in the late afternoon. I always find it chilly on planes, so I went for a long-sleeved shirt which was thin enough to be bearable in 45 degree heat, but would cover my arms on the plane, and some white jeans. I paired this with some backless trainers- mainly because they were my heaviest shoes so I didn't want to pack them, but also because they gave a laid-back vibe, and then popped my new yellow sunglasses in my bag for later.
Although stripes are more of a summer pattern, this shirt should carry through to mid autumn if the weather holds up, as red is one of next seasons' colours.
Hamsa Hand Necklace: Accessorise
Namaste Necklace: Orelia
Pearl Necklace: Dorothy Perkins
It was boiling today so we decided to save ourselves and head for somewhere with guaranteed air-conditioning: the mall. I knew I wanted a classic look, so I went for some high-waisted straight leg denim jeans, a belt with a chunky buckle and an oversized white shirt. The tie details on the back and cuffs of the shirt added something else, updating the classic style to something more modern. I lastly added leopard print heels to bring the chic to the whole outfit- where else other than an Emirati mall would I be able to rock a pair of leopard print heels?! (For any of who wondering how my feet could survive a trek around both the Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates without becoming wrecked, they wouldn't have, and I actually brought a pair of silver ballet pumps in my bag with me for when my feet got tired).
Whilst I'm not normally one for leopard print, I liked the small dose of sass it added to the outfit! The pony-hair effect on them kept them classy and chic, and because the rest of the outfit was so simple, they complimented it nicely.
I added a simple low-sitting choker and I was ready to go!
Belt: Mum's wardrobe
I knew I wanted to wear one of my sale steals from last year in Dubai: a gorgeous silk dress with a mixed paisley print all over. However, with it being a cami style, I also knew it wouldn't be appropriate to wear on its own. Thus, I decided to try out the slightly old 'cami layered over a t-shirt' trend, and popped it on top of a round necked, tight fitting t-shirt. Although I like the style on others, I think I wasn't as keen on it on myself, but it's always good to try new things, so at least now I know!
Wednesday was souk market day, and seeing as the souks in Dubai Creek are all open air and outdoors, I wanted something that covered me but which was also light and airy; I went for this floaty aubergine dress with ruffle detailing. I LOVE the colour of the dress; it's such a rich tone and gave such middle eastern feels AND matched a spice in the market called sumac! The ruffles are well placed and along with the chiffon material, make the dress oh so dreamy. Details such as the slight 'high-low' and cropped arms help to give the dress dimension, and the chiffon overlay creates depth which is important when a piece is one colour only.
I paired the dress with some brocade loafer mules of the same colour, and heavy earrings: ideally, I would've paired the dress with layered tassel earrings of the same colour, so to mimic the tiered effect the ruffles give to the dress. Lastly, I added a bright orange bag, to contrast the gorgeous purple colour!
Having booked in a desert safari experience for the early afternoon, we decided to hit the Dubai mall aquarium during the morning. For this I decided to wear this gorgeous asymmetric skirt and a simple t-shirt to keep the outfit easy and minimal. I'm not normally one to go for a longer skirt, but I absolutely love this one! The asymmetric hemline keep the skirt youthful yet an appropriate length, and the simple, clean pattern makes it timeless: it's definitely something that can be used in summers to come!
I decided to tie the t-shirt rather than tuck because the skirt was already quite floaty, so I wanted to give more shape to the look which could be achieved through creating a knot. I made the knot slightly off centre as the skirt also had a tie on the side.
I added some trainers to make the look slightly sportier which worked thanks to the somewhat sporty pattern on the skirt, and then added some black, matter, palm leaf earrings to make the look summery.
Next it was desert time! This meant a quick change of clothes into something more desert appropriate.
I decided to go for long floaty palazzo trousers and a t-shirt as I was told that it tends to get cooler in the evening (in fact, it only dropped to about 36 degrees in the evening so I was still more than warm). I then added a turban-style hairband to keep hair out of my face, and some statement tiger earrings which matched the tiger on my t-shirt; HEARTBREAKINGLY, I actually LOST these earrings after taking them off in the car (they were suuuper heavy) and now I'm looking for replacements/praying they magically turn up.
I decided to go for these rust palazzo trousers because they matched the beautiful golden sands of the desert, and I liked the gold thread detailing on the tassels, which gave me such Aladdin vibes. To make the trousers more like hareem pants, I cheated a little and popped a hairband around my ankle, and then tucked in the excess fabric which actually worked, so I guess that's a sneaky trick for turning any palazzo trousers into temporary hareem pants!
The heavy earrings and statement jewel on the turban added to the 'I've just stepped out of the Cave of Wonders' feel, and made the outfit slightly less casual. I decided to go a bit more extra with makeup too by creating a monochromatic look with orange eyeshadow- something I may be trying again in the near future!
T-shirt: Brandy Melville
So most of Friday I actually spent on the beach, so I only changed into this during the late afternoon. Mum had in fact picked up this cute pom pom detail top- not something I'd normally go for, but those poms poms were just so cute! I paired the t-shirt with some bright pink culottes; I've been meaning to do a post about these for ages but I just haven't been able to with the dull weather in London, but finally I got a chance in Dubai! Pink was THE colour of SS17, and I was surprised to find myself drawn to these bright fuchsia ones so much! Although the colour is quite girly, the tailoring and shape keeps these from being overly feminine. I love the d-ring detailing, and how it creates an illusion of cinching in the waist.
I decided to pair these with probably my favourite shoes at the moment: these pom pom mules. Where to even start with these? Their shape is perfect, they're so comfortable and the colour means they go with EVERYTHING. I love how the tassels and pom pom detailing is so heavy but not in your face because they're black, making them every minimalists' dream shoe. Expect to see these shoes a LOT more, because I'm in love.
Lastly, I layered some chain chokers just to add something extra to the outfit and toughen it up a little, and then I was sorted!
T-shirt: River Island
Trousers: New Look
Pink choker: Topshop
Black choker: Primark
Saturday was quite a chilled out day where we visited the Lost Aquarium and Atlantis the Palm. I decided to go for some striped culottes that were giving me serious Parisian vibes, and then paired them with a colourful motif t-shirt.
These culottes are VERY wide legged, so when choosing a t-shirt, I decided to go for something that was of a slightly slimmed fit to balance out proportions. Vertical stripes are always leg lengthening and so would be perfect with both flats or heels for even longer legs- model-esque legs, here I come!
I added some yellow sunnies, which are very much on trend, to bring out the yellow of the shirt, and then some gold necklaces to bring out the yellow even more. I love the shape of these yellow sunnies; they're a refreshing change to the classic yellow aviators, whilst still be on trend.
To keep it casual, I added these frayed off-white mule-sneakers. The canvas material and fraying made them so effortless and cool, ad they backless style was very comfortable.
Sunglasses: Jeepers Peepers
Sunday was our last full day in Dubai, so we decided to hit the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, which I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone visiting Dubai; the architecture was stunning, and there were so many picturesque things to see when walking around the complex.
I decided to go for a pop of colour today with this bright yellow midi dress. I'd originally planned to wear this with a t-shirt underneath, but after not being the biggest fan of that look on Wednesday, I decided to just throw on a black chiffon duster style coverup instead. I liked the bright colour of the dress, which worked really well under the scorching sun of Dubai. I added the black palm leaf earrings to tie the outfit together and I was ready for the day ahead.
Hope you enjoyed that VERY long post! Till the next time x