Say you’ve got a trip coming up to Thailand or Cambodia. You’ve got your 5-star resort booked, your iPad is packed with the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, and you’ve squared away any work that needs to be done.
All that’s left is the packing, which on its own is a feat worthy of Hercules.
Despite the glorious travel photos you’ll see plastered of celebrities in Maui or the happy smiling people in Cosmo, the truth is that it’s hot, humid, and sweaty. Unless you plan to be in your swimming gear for the entirety of your trip you’re going to have to do some wardrobe planning.
That being said, you don’t and shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for fashion.
So here are 5 tips to packing light, breezy, and Vogue-worthy.
1. Dress In White Or Light-Coloured Clothing
We all know this. Black and dark clothes attract heat like a girl in a low-cut red dress. Plus you look like you’re going to a funeral.
2. Stick To Natural Fabrics
Nothing beats Mother Nature even when it comes to summer fashion. Stick to light silks, cotton, rayon, and linen. Make sure they’re not too tightly woven as you want some air to be able to flow in and out.
3. Keep It Relaxed
You’re on holiday, you’re chillin’ by the pool, you’re reading fiction! So relax. No need for any of the daily-life formalities that can keep a man feeling stifled. Unless you’re going to a wedding leave the cuff links and tie bars at home. Women, bring a pair of wedges or dressy sandals.
Options for men: Khaki shorts, seersucker, polo tees, t-shirts, boat shoes, canvas sneakers (think Vans or Converse), leather sandals (without the socks), long sleeved shirt with a very loose weave (roll up your sleeves if you like).
Options for women: Jean shorts, high-waisted linen shorts, skirts (don’t go too short though), maxi dress, loose dress shirt with a belt around, silk tops.
However, relaxed doesn’t mean boring. You can choose colourful prints or wild patterns.
4. Wear Shorts
Men, if you’re on holiday make sure your shorts don’t go higher than 3 inches above the knee. Otherwise you’ll be bordering on gym-wear territory or worse, be that creepy tiny shorts man at the resort. Women, ensure your shorts are still form fitting and don’t look like saggy khaki.
5. Let The Accessories Do The Talking
Summer wear can to be lighter in both color and fabric. Sometimes there are less details on the clothing and as such may come off as a little bland. So spice up your look with the right accessories. Women, you pretty much have a plethora of choice before you. Men, stick to a nice watch and a great pair of Tom Ford sunglasses or Ray bans. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also grab a Panama hat.
Below: Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marni
Below: D’Marsh Couture
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