Summer holiday capsule – Easy packing

Silk chiffon top and versatile trousers

If you are looking for an outfit that packs like a dream, can be worn multitude ways and looks chic and elegant I have found one. There is nothing like the feeling of soft chiffon floating in the wind. Although these photographs were taken by Hammersmith Bridge, near where I live in South West London, they are evocative of blue skies, long summer days on the beach or sipping cocktails on a balmy summer evening. The beautiful silk chiffon pop on top I am wearing is by HopefashionUK. It depicts an aqua sea, warm sand and palm trees. How much more summery can you get. I have teamed it with their foundation roll top wide trouser in navy. I will be talking more about the versatility of this piece and how well it travels later in the post.

How I created different looks with these two pieces.

Silk chiffon printed top and navy trousers

All the photos were taken by my friend and fellow blogger Julie of Jafinthebox. Do check out her blog. She is a French mum living in London. She writes about her adventures. Her photos are superb and if you are thinking of visiting the UK she has checked out a wide range of our historic stately homes and parks and has many to recommend. She also has a great Instagram feed.

It was very breezy the day we took these photos but such fun.

Silk chiffon printed top and navy no crease trousers

I feel very waffty in this top as though I might fly away at any moment.

The first three images were styled casually as though I was going for lunch on the beach at a posh restaurant; or as I am currently finishing this post from the South of France not far from St. Tropez lounging on a million dollar yacht.

Have not received an invite yet (must have got lost in the post!). Probably a good thing as I tend to get sea sick even moored in a harbour.

 Chiffon top with no-crease trousers

Here I have styled the top and trousers more formally. Simply add a hat et voila ready for a garden party or corporate hospitality at Wimbledon.

How to dress for a summer event

As you know I am a great fan of hats. They serve two purposes. They frame the face and protect against the sun.

Navy trousers/jumpsuit with chiffon top

Now for the exciting bit. Pull the extended roll top up over the bust and you have a fabulous Foundation ‘jumpsuit’. Two garments for the price of one. It is a very long time since I have worn a bandeau top (or did they used to call them “boob tubes”) I will definitely be wearing this jumpsuit with a chiffon wrap to cover my shoulders. I could not resist this photo as the wind nearly whisked my floaty chiffon top into the sky. Navy jumpsuit with print silk chiffon top

A bit more decorum. This is how I will be wearing my jumpsuit.

I plan to write another post to show you how I travelled from London to Nice in these trousers and was able to adapt my outfit according to the varying temperatures.

Both necklaces are some years old. I seem to be wearing two together in the first image. Oh well I just could not decide which. In the end I preferred the shorter one.


Hopefashion do shop internationally and are planning outlets in the US in the future. I will keep you informed.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post however the clothes were borrowed for photographic purposes. The trousers proved such great “packers” they are still with me and I am planning to feature them again in a “how to travel in the heat” post. 


  1. Susan B
    3rd July 2017 / 14:57

    You look fabulous in both versions! I just love the colors in that wafty top.

  2. Viv Butler
    3rd July 2017 / 16:14

    Those two Hope pieces are the perfect combination, and the silk looks so luxurious. Perfect on you Josephine, you’ll be the envy of St Tropez!

    • 3rd July 2017 / 16:31

      Thank you Viv although I am going to have to wait a week till I hit the “high spots” of St.Tropez. I am holed up with an eye infection and “La Opthamologist a dit pas de plage pour une semaine. Quel damage!” Never mind I am here till 20th July.

  3. Viv Butler
    3rd July 2017 / 16:37

    How annoying, hope it soon clears up, the beach will still be there next week !

  4. Christine
    3rd July 2017 / 17:24

    This is a fabulous look. Love the colours in the chiffon top and ‘boob tubes’ never looked that good!

  5. 3rd July 2017 / 18:53

    You look just lovely! The colors, the fabrics, and the style of the clothes flatter you and are perfect for the season. Very inspiring!

  6. Kathleen Williamson
    4th July 2017 / 18:51

    Love your top but sadly it is outside my budget at the moment.

    • 5th July 2017 / 08:23

      Hi Kathleen
      I often keep an eye on items that are outside my budget you never know they might be in the sale. Alternatively second hand shops occasionally have something similar.

  7. Angela
    8th July 2017 / 15:45

    Hi Chicatanyage! I recently discovered your wonderful blog while preparing for a holiday in Provence. I agreed and was inspired. Then I discovered you lived in the same village as dear friends of ours. Then we found each other at the same garden party! And you were so lovely! Now I am a fan for life, and will continue to turn to you for inspiration and more…Hugs, Angela

    • 8th July 2017 / 16:25

      Hi Angela
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my blog. What a coincidence! The power of google search. It was wonderful to meet you the other evening at the garden party. I always love to meet my readers especially such a charming one. You looked stunning in your beautiful dress.

  8. jewelsofsayuri
    25th July 2017 / 16:07

    Oh, you look so stunning as the wind flirts with your chiffon wrap

  9. Annette
    31st March 2018 / 11:46

    Hello Josephine I have only just located your web page following an article on Tricia Cusden in my monthly Good Housekeeping magazine. I love your Gabor silver promise sandals, already ordered a pair off the web but I’m interested to know more on your navy/ pewter coloured sandals you wear in the summer capsule blog. It’s the one where you are wearing the blue chiffon top on a windy day near the Thames. Can you give me any idea of where you purchased those. I’ve looked on the Gabor site but to no avail unless they were last years design. You have given me so much inspiration on dressing up and down thank you so much.

    • 31st March 2018 / 12:01

      Hi Annette
      The black/pewter sandals were a few years old. I think I might have bought them in France, I will see if I can find anything similar and get back to you.

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