Home & Away: how to wear hotpants on holiday and at home!
It's time to continue Catwalk Queen's series showing you how to make your holiday wardrobe a bit more versatile when you're at home. I've shown you a sneaky way to make a bold maxi dress work even in the rain, and now I'm turning our attention to some tiny printed denim shorts. Aside from the obvious fact they work best on someone slim with amazing legs (not me then!) these shorts are actually more versatile than you think. Here's how I'd style them on holiday and at home to get the most bang for my buck!
Tiny shorts are briliant for popping on over your swimwear on the way to the beach - but team these tropical shorts with Topshop's absolutely killer printed swimsuit, and you have a look that'll work when you pop to the cafe / bar too. Keep your accessories really simple and beachy with a straw hat and roomy beach bag (the rucksack style straw one is a bit cooler than a bucket bag) plus some jewelled sandals that match perfectly with a bit of boho turquoise jewellery. Finally, don't forget a pair of statement sunglasses!
Blue Rio print swimsuit £34 Topshop
Cleopatras jewel flat sandals £55 Office
Light straw trilby hat £4.99 New Look
Straw satchel with tan trim £32 Warehouse
Single spike goldtone stretch bracelet £8.50
Turquoise skull friendship bracelet £4.99 New Look
Lilac plastic keyhole aviator sunglasses £22 Topshop
Unfortunately, a super-tiny pair of bright shorts like this probably don't work particularly well over thick tights, so this look does call for a bit of fake tan and a semi-warm day. That said, you might be able to add a pair of artfully laddered black opaques if you have the rock chick guts to do it. To stop the tropical print from looking too 'just stepped off the beach', I've teamed it with mostly black pieces - going for layered textures with a sheer blouse, fringed waistcoat and studded suedette heels. Add a few pops of colour in your accessories to stop it looking too flat. I've also mixed the metals on the jewellery to bring together the silver studs on the shoes and the goldtone hardware on the waistcoat.
Black PU fringed waistcoat £40 River Island
Long-sleeved sheer blouse with PU pocket detail £16 Matalan
Studded wedge shoes £49.95 Nelly
Hoop earrings with gold and blue chains £14.99 Mango
Aqua slot through portfolio clutch £20 ASOS
Linked multi strand bracelet set £6 Warehouse