Fashion Guest posts | March 21st 2018

Kristabel’s Holiday Wardrobe

Holiday season is on its way and we’re starting to get excited about where we’ll be jetting off to this summer. Putting together a holiday wardrobe is the perfect excuse to try a new style, and we think it’s never too early to start planning what to pack…

While the UK throws off its winter hangover, we could all do with a bit of spring/summer inspo, and we’ve got just the thing to get you in the mood: fashion blogger Kristabel of I Want You To Know is here to tell us all about her holiday wardrobe from her latest trip to sunny Jamaica. All of the items featured are available to Click & Collect to your nearest CollectPlus store.

“The post holiday blues are real!  I took a rather drastic step when I realised that The Beast From The East was on its way and managed to escape to Jamaica for a few weeks.  Don’t worry, I’m not always this Beyoncé! I’d been meaning to visit family for ages and wanted to reconnect with one of my favourite places. It’s done me the world of good and I feel even more motivated to take on 2018 again.

Although I’ve always felt like there’s loads of Spring stuff at this time of year, it was a bit of a challenge to find my holiday wardrobe.  Some of the strongest pieces take a while to come in and I ended up in a cycle of ordering and returning right up until my departure date. Thankfully ASOS has a reliable sunshine-ready selection all year round and the best DD+ swimwear range out there.

Here’s a few of my favourite looks plus all the usual tips on sizing and fit.

The Mixed Print Bikini

Get the top here from ASOS at £22 and the bottoms here also from ASOS at £16

So this bikini may have helped me achieve my highest ever likes on Instagram but don’t let that tempt you! It’s been a journey finding the right swimwear for my 34Fs and I’ve had many awkward changing room moments where the cups look ridiculous.  I’ve come to rely on ASOS for fun styles that actually fit properly.

This floral set has a lot going on, contrasting neon straps, top stitching and an eye-catching floral pattern.  I did also have to consult the website to figure out how to tie the extra straps, so you may want to tuck them away if a neat tan is your priority.  Despite this, I’m still pleased with the fit and chuckling at all the comments.

The Embroidered Maxi Dress

Get the dress here at ASOS for £50

Does anyone else create a holiday persona when they go away?  I attempted to become the kind of boho girl who just throws on a maxi dress and sandals, when that’s rarely the case back in the UK.  

I bought this ASOS number three months ago as I was confident that the shape would work for me.  It looks far more expensive thanks to the intricate embroidery and can also be worn open as a beach cover up.  Just make sure you pack a few safety pins, the buttons liked to pop-open every so often and my friend had to be on cleavage-patrol.

The Tropical Co-Ord

Get the top here at ASOS for £17 and the shorts here also at ASOS for £20

After my major co-ord fixation back in 2014, most of my matchy matchy purchases have been a little thin on the ground. This cute Glamorous set changed things though.  It’s a quintessential holiday outfit that can be mixed with other items, plus the top can be tied at the back to cleverly hide a bra strap.

The Citrus Wrap Dress

Get the dress here at ASOS for £28

Flirty wrap dresses are still set to be a trend for SS18 and I’m so pleased there’s a little more choice this year.  It can be tricky for me to find the right kind of cut that has enough flounce in the skirt, but ASOS have managed it for only £28.  The lemon print keeps things lighthearted. Again, just remember to stash a few safety pins in your bag, if you find things a little low-cut.  

The Spotty Swimsuit

Get the swimsuit here at ASOS for £34

I finally have the perfect posing swimsuit! Peak & Beau is another gem of a swimwear brand I discovered on the site, where everything comes in handy cup sizes.  Although it’s not the most supportive, it works for a leisurely day at the beach and the straps can be removed. It also looks nice with shorts or a midi skirt, so means you can pack less tops.

My Beauty Essentials


Why did I bring a whole John Lewis beauty department in my luggage?  I always forget that when I get to a tropical climate, a full face of makeup is the last thing I want to put on.  Most of my highlighters, lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes went unused and I was happy to let my skin breathe most of the time.

On the occasions when I could be bothered enough to ‘glam up’, I mainly just stuck to a few essentials for a natural look.  My Nars Tinted moisturiser in Polynesia was a godsend, as well as my Bare Minerals lipgloss in Maverick and Powder foundation in Chai 27.  Occasionally I added my Bobbi Brown Cranberry Blush or Nars Taj Mahal if I fancied a little more definition. Most of the time the holiday glow was enough, I’m hoping it lasts for a little while longer in the UK!

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser £30 at ASOS

bareMinerals Moxie Plumping Lipgloss in shade Maverick £17 at John Lewis

bareMinerals BAREPRO™ Performance Wear Powder Foundation £27 at John Lewis

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30 £30 at John Lewis

NARS Blush, Taj Mahal £23-24 at John Lewis


March 21st 2018 - by @CollectPlus