For spring break this year, I will be spending two weeks in Israel and a few days in Egypt. I'm 17 years old, but I don't like dressing like a teenager. I recently gained 30 lbs, so I am 5' 2 and 160 lbs. I'm struggling to find clothes that fit my new silhouette well. I love dresses, skirts, and cardigans, but nothing tight or above my knee. I'll be all over Israel, and I'd like clothes that can go from one climate zone to another. As far as shoes go, I love flats, but nothing patent leather. I have not a clue how to dress in Egypt. I'd like to respect local standards but still look good. The hardest part is finding a swimsuit. I can't wear bikinis anymore, and I need a suit with plenty of support on top.How exciting! There are some good tips for dressing in Cairo online here. I've got a few recommendations that I would take along with the basic tees & tanks:
Tunic - I love a light linen tunic when it is hot out. They keep you cool without the danger of sunburn. I'd bring a couple in different colors. La Redoute is very true to size. You can wear it with jeans when it is cooler or you need coverage, or with shorts when it isn't.
Shirt - This light white top is cool and comfortable. The belt will help define your waist.
Bathing Suit - A simple black one-piece with a halter for good support. You should try on a lot to find one you really like.
Dress - I saw someone today wearing a long dress like this with a collared shirt tied over the top. It's covered but still very summery.
Pants - Linen has been keeping the middle east cool since 3,000 B.C. That's a track record!
Sandals - They're sandals but with a little more protection from the elements. Plus, cute with skirts and dresses. Comfortable because they're Clarks.
Necklace - Play with inexpensive accessories, you are 17 after all! Forever 21 has some cute bold necklaces and I'm sure you will find a lot of cute pieces on your trip.
Bag - A light fabric tote.
How exciting for Liz!