Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What I Wore in the Maltese Islands

When planning ahead for this trip (we wanted to pack light so I had to be quite specific about what I packed) I knew I needed to find a balance of cute and comfortable. The weather report informed me that it was going to be comfortably warm in the mornings and evenings and very hot at mid day, so I made sure to steer clear of thick, non-breathable fabrics and stuck to lightweight cottons instead.

Day One: 

Top: Zara
Skirt: Zara
Belt: Target
Necklace: Charming Charlie's
Shoes: FourStar

This outfit was perfect for wandering the narrow streets of Valetta and Mdina. The fabric was light and breathable and offered a good range of motion. 

Day Two: 

Swimsuit: The Swim Spot

Skirt: Thrifted
Hat: Charming Charlie's
Shades: H&M

I spent all of day two on a boat. It proved too windy when we were at sea to wear the hat, but it did a great job of keeping the sun from my face when we were anchored at the blue lagoon. 

Night Two: 
I'm embarrassed to say the pants, top and jacket are all from Zara.
Shoes: FourStar
Hat: c/o Kasey
Shades: H&M

It got a bit chillier at night, so I changed into pants and wore a jacket when we went to dinner at Mellieha Bay.

Day 3:

Dress; Thrifted

Top: Zara
Belt: Target
Hat: c/o Kasey
Shoes: FourStar
Necklace: Charming Charlie's 

Day Three was spent driving all over the island of Malta, and the weather report told me it would be HOT. I opted for a super light sundress worn under a lightweight lace top (if I wanted to stay modest the other option would be wearing a sweater over top...too hot for that!) I wore my hair in a loose side braid to keep it under control. 

Day 4: 
Hat: c/o Kasey
Cover up: Target
Belt: Target

We spent our last few hours in Malta at the small, secluded beach by our  hotel.  This cover up from target is super light weight and comfortable! 

Malta's Non-Negotiable Wardrobe Neccessities: 

The Maxi Skirt/Dress
Malta literally has a beautiful church on every corner, and if you visit the island without touring several of them you'd be missing out. Almost all of these churches require your legs and shoulders to be covered. A maxi skirt offers you the required modesty and a ton of comfort to go with it!

The Denim Jacket
I wore mine at least once every day. It's lightweight and extremely versatile, meaning you can throw it over any outfit and still look fabulous.

The entire time we were here there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Be sure to bring your shades to protect your eyes!

Fedora/Straw Hat 
With Malta's crystal clear water always just moments away, we were in and out of the water all day every day. Wearing a fedora hat meant my hair could be as wild and crazy as it wanted  and I didn't need to stress about it!

What are your vacation essentials? 

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Jenna said...

I LOVE all of your outfits! Especially the first one. So jealous you have Zara, in SA we don't :(


Jenna said...

Oh my word, just looked it up and we DO have one about 20 minutes from where I stay! Going this weekend :)


Megan said...

i want that long white skirt! it is gorgeoussss.

my vacay essentials just depend on where im going really. i seem to be a winter traveler so my gear is always the leather jacket (well, faux leather haha) with boots and jeans or something and a chunky scarf. i kind of wear the same thing all the time since i have no clothes here in europe and they are all still stateside. if im in the south of europe i try to incorporate a little color into the wardrobe, which means i add grey or white haha. im so sad.

i need to update my wardrobe!

::The Beetle Shack:: said...

well youre a but lovely aren't you.

xo em

::The Beetle Shack:: said...

a BIT lovely. I'm sure you do have a great butt, though that wasn't the point.

xo em

Mel said...

Love the first outifit and can't believe how good you look with that straw hat. That just looks SO good on you! My mom always says I have a hat face ^^but I just never seem to feel comfortable in one of those big hats. Wish I had the guts to pull that off.

I'm a biiiiiit jelous about your trip ;)
So glad you are having a great time though. vacations are just awesome.

bhrett @ lost in relocation said...

I love days one, two, and four. Day one looks comfy. Definitely inspiring me for today. Looks like a lovely trip!

Ashley said...

Love, love, love the hat! I have two similar hats and I want to wear them so badly but I live in the midwest {where fashion risk takers are far and few between} and I haven't been brave enough to wear them. The swimsuit was super cute too!

riana. said...

you look amazing! gosh...kind of makes me feel guilty, usually when I go traveling I wear shorts and a t.
Next time will mos def be different. *inspired*

Laura said...

Very classy and are making me crave buying a maxi skirt. All of my summer dresses are tiny little numbers.

Janell said...

you look so pretty in all of these but i think my favorite photo is of the swimsuit and hat! you look like you walked right out of the '50s

summer said...

Your black swimsuit and that hat are amazing! I had to come over and read since my best friend and I had grandiose plans of studying abroad in Malta. Trip pictures please?! Love your traveling essentials, they would have been so wonderful on our EuroTrip two years ago.

wildchild said...

i love the first look especially. i'm definitely on the hunt for a great maxi skirt this summer, maybe even a maxi dress. i'm taking all these tips into account because our honeymoon to the Dominican Republic in the middle of July is going to be hot hot hot too!

Katrin said...

I love all your outfits! So cute!
And I miss Zara so much! The next one is hours away and in Germany I bought almost all my clothes there.

Style Mentor™ said...

Malta, how beautiful and your clothes are lovely. I found you on Pleated Poppy, nice to meet you! :-)

cate @ wild ruffle said...

You look so glamorous in that hat and swimsuit! I'm going to have to head to Charming Charlie and pick one up - I'm such a hat girl while in the sun.

kimberly rae said...

im obsessed with everything about this post!! i love the bathing suit! i have one that's similar i think from j crew but bc im so tall its really hard for me to find one pieces cause i have to get "long torso" ughhh life is hard!

the domestic fringe said...

I love your outfits. You look pretty in everything! So interesting that the churches have dress requirements to visit. There's a Russian Orthadox church near me and I tried to visit once, but I was wearing pants and I couldn't go in. That's a great tip for people to keep in mind. So many might not realize that.

Faith said...

That's SO beautiful!!! Love your first outfit especially :)

Amanda said...

Your outfits look like they're right out of a movie - the one that comes to mind is Letters to Juliet. Gorgeous!!!!

Elisha(: said...

adooree!! all your outfits I want!! soo badly.


Elisabeth said...

the first outfit is my favorite.
simply gorgeous.
thats all,

Mimi Finerty said...

love the city chic outfits, you look effortlessly cool and stylish. btw your photos are gorgeous. totally want to visit to malta now!

Dearest Lou said...

I love all of your outfits Daryl you look so dang pretty (:


Danielle said...

I love all of your outfits! Especially the first one. I'm crazy about travel so I'm super jealous you've been to Malta!

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

i am so jealous! these pics are just beautiful and i love your style!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Mallorie Owens said...

I LOVE that second outfit! I've been looking everywhere for a floppy hat that's not so huge on my head!

TwoThirtyFiveDesigns said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! It is all fabulous!!

I would absolutely LOVE to have you link this up on my Casual Friday link up party starting tomorrow, it would be perfect!!


Pink Chai Raj said...

What great looks! I especially like the big hat on you, it's very chic.

Glad to find you via WIWW at The Pleated Poppy

Pink Chai Style

Garage Sales R Us said...

WOW Love it, especially the hat! Awesome pictures! I am visiting from the Pleated Poppy link up and I am a new follower! I hope you will stop by and do the same.


MySweetCreations said...

Love the swimsuit/sunhat picture! Very classy!

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