What can you do in cold, wet, dismal February apart from escape from the UK and fly to the sun? Lots of Bonmarche customers are lucky enough to be doing just that, it seems, because sales of our gorgeous winter sun range are going really well.

If you are fortunate enough to be jetting off somewhere hot and summery, what will you be packing in your suitcase? It can be really hard to find summer clothes here in the UK during the winter months but, if you come to Bonmarche you will find a gre036001_51at choice of summer clothes in our fabulous holidaywear range.

So what should you buy to take with you? How about one of the beautiful paisley print maxi dresses designed by David Emanuel? They come in two colourways and one is available in two lengths – standard and long. Both can be bought in sizes 10 to 24 so you are sure to find the perfect size for you.

They are made in a soft jersey fabric and so are very flattering as well as comfortable to wear. Best of all, they won’t take up much room in your suitcase, nor will they need much ironing when you unpack them. Glamorous enough to wear in the evening but also just right for lunch by the pool. Perfect holidaywear!

Having chosen your summer dress, you’ll need some cotton shorts and T-shirts for the day time when you want to walk down to the beach, or stroll around the town, picking up souvenirs. We’ve got a great range of poplin cotton shorts, in a range of beautiful colours, perfect for pulling on over your swimsuit. If you are more comfortable though in longer length trousers, how about some cotton cropped trousers?

They are very flattering and with a soft elasticated jersey waistband, easy to pull on and off. Choose from pink, white, blue, black or stone and if you team them with a short or three quarter length sleeved blouse, you’ll be smart enough for a meal out somewhere nice.

Of course, you’ll need something a little warmer for the evenings wherever you go. Bonmarche have a lovely range of smart edge to edge cardigans which are, as their name suggests, smart enough to wear somewhere a little more formal in the evenings but just as good to wear casually during the day. As you would expect, they come in a number of different colours, to suit all complexions and tastes.

086022_21If you’d prefer a jumper though, perhaps to go over a pair of cropped cotton trousers or shorts, the Bonmarche boatneck stripe jumper is just the ticket. It is perfect for layering over a T-shirt and the stripes give it a wonderful summer holiday feel. Just perfect for those two weeks in the sun!

Speaking for T-shirts, how about a rather different type of T-shirt? Our spot prints have a very feminine ruched neckline with three sweet buttons and look super over a pair of shorts or cropped trousers.

If you are lucky enough to be going somewhere with a vibrant nightlife you are going to need something a little more glamorous for the evenings. David Emanuel’s gorgeous two in one Blossom Print dress is made in soft jersey and so flatters and, crucially, packs well into a suitcase. Wear it with a pair of heels for a smart evening outfit.

No holiday wardrobe is complete without a swimming costume, of course, but what do you do if you feel uncomfortable wearing one on the beach or by the side of the pool? Try the Bonmarche swimming dress. You can swim in it, of course, but it has a skirt that will cover up your tummy and the tops of your legs for a more flattering look. You’ll feel much more relaxed, which is, after all, what a good holiday is all about.

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