In Brisbane it’s been 35C all week, but my family in Moscow tell me that for them it’s been -35 so knowing that I feel a bit guilty complaining about the heat! With that however comes the question; which one is worse to deal with? For extreme cold one can bundle themselves up in layers to brave the cold and still go outside and be productive. With extreme heat though even if you strip off entirely you still can’t escape!
I made the best of the situation by putting on a pair of beach pajamas and heading to the beach first thing in the morning. Which I mean literally, as we were in the car just as the sun was rising in order to be able to have a swim before the UV became too strong.
If these beach pajamas look familiar it’s because there is a fairly iconic vintage photo from the thirties that features an identical pair, and if you google beach pajamas it’s likely that you might come across it. This particular set is not vintage however, it was made by Collectif a few years back when they still occasionally did art deco inspired styles.
The simple and elegant navy stripes on this design always make me think of something that would have been worn when holidaying on the French Riviera, it just has that feel don’t you think? One of the reasons I love to collect beach pajamas is for how practical they are. I don’t live anywhere near the beach, so when I do make a day trip I like to have something to throw on over my swimsuit afterwards so that I can enjoy visiting the shops and cafes along the beach. A big hat is also bonus for hiding a sandy head!
On this particular day the ocean was full of sea weed, not the long slippery variety, but a flaky slimy sort that clung to everything. After a quick dip I gave up and walked out of the water looking like the inhabitant of a leper colony…though considering there are people who pay to be wrapped up in sea weed there must have been some extra health benefits too…
Another fun fact about this outfit was that it was sent to me by fellow blogger Cici Marie. After having admired her lobster necklace in this post, she very kindly sent me a spare that she just so happened to have on hand. As you know, I am pretty conservative with my taste in accessories but there is just something so silly and irresistible about wearing red lobsters around your neck that I absolutely love. It was also Cici Marie who helped me source these very rare beach pajamas, so an all round hats off to her!
Collectif jumpsuit via Cici Marie
Bow & Crossbones necklace via Cici Marie
Beach pajamas really are glorious! And you are totally right, definitly Rivera holiday attire! Something so decadently lazy about them, if you know what I mean. And the lobster necklace adds that lovely element of humour!
CiCi Marie says
Should I just sponsor all your outfits now, cos you’re looking so darn good! Haha I can’t take credit, all I did was find these pieces for you once you’d already been looking for them and I’m just glad to have helped! This jumpsuit was made for you, no question about it. And who doesn’t want a lobster necklace? Exactly.
Such a lovely post. It is obvious to me that whilst you may have had a seaweed wrap – you are definitely not in need of one! You look fresh and lovely. The outfit is wonderful and I concur with one of the other commentors – who doesn’t want a lobster necklace???
Those pyjamas are magnificent!! Well done CiCi for helping you find them. You sell what you wear to me so easily, I am now going to see if I can track down a pair. Can’t get enough of this kind of styling. House of Foxy are bringing out a striped pair I think, I’ve seen photos of a catwalk show. You look so glamorous here xx
So amazing! We had lots of snow last week and this week doesn’t seem to get any better. I really miss summer now, especially when I see you wearing such gorgeous pieces! <3
Wonderful photos! These could be 1930’s beach holiday snapshots if they weren’t in such pretty soft color. The lobster necklace is the perfect extra nautical and rather Schiaparelli touch for this sun and sand ready ensemble, too cute!
Cici and Harlow for the win! Not only is this look amazingly suited to you, with the 30s inspired beach pajamas and the touch of surrealist whimsy with the lobster necklace, you’re making me want to hop on the first plane to Australia to get in a little sun and surf. And that’s despite reading what you wrote about the seaweed and the heat. I’m loving this look!
I saw the necklace and IMMEDIATELY thought of Cici! Ha! Well, I am happy she sent the necklace to you because it was made to be worn with his pantsuit/beach pajamas. You look amazing in this shape!
It’s been just as hot in Sydney the last couple of weeks and although I’m biased because I work in an office that’s air conditioned, I’m happy to have this kind of weather! I mean, my ideal temperature is mid to high 20s, but I’d take 35 degrees over -35 every day of my life. Although the 40 degree days aren’t my favourite, I feel like I need a few of them at least so I know it’s really been summertime. Most people don’t seem to agree with me but I 100% stand by that!