The free spirited tropical lifestyle on offer at a private rental villa calls for dresses that can adapt to a full day of indulgences, from a long lazy brunch to sunset cocktails.
Chic private villas and upscale beach clubs now offer a sophisticated social scene for visitors to Thai islands like Koh Samui and Phuket.
Whether socializing with friends and family in the exclusive surroundings of your holiday villa or partying at a beachside bar, the breathtaking views and ocean breezes mean it’s a crime to stay inside.
Weekly Sunday brunch buffets are also becoming one of the social highlights for visitors on holiday in the Land of Smiles, when the Prosecco flows and an array of mouthwatering dishes are served al fresco.
For ladies that want to stick around until sunset drinks, it’s important to find an outfit that suits both occasions.
Below are five adaptable additions to your holiday wardrobe.
There are few gowns that will satisfy Sunday brunch and evening cocktails on the beach as well as the magnificent maxi dress. Featuring a low key tribal print, the chic sleeveless Ted Baker number will help you shine on both occasions. Not only is the dress graceful, but it’s also airy and practical, which will help you stay cool and comfortable in the balmy tropical temperatures. An extra touch of class can be added if paired with heeled wedges or a smart pair of leather.
New York Style
If a maxi dress isn’t quite edgy enough for you, perhaps you will prefer a cutting edge midi dress like the one by Donna Karen. The dramatic key hole slit at the back of the dress adds a splash of sophistication, while the black and white printed image – shot by Peter Lindburgh in the iconic 1994 DKNY campaign – injects a twist of high fashion. Lightweight silk slides across your skin, helping you feel cool at all times. If the evening breeze gets a little chilly on the beach, match this dress with a long-line slim fit blazer for ultimate sophistication.
Perfect in Pinstripe
Designed by Goldie for Topshop; another version of the maxi dress will suit ladies looking for a transitional ensemble to satisfy both afternoon and evening occasions. The linear monochrome pattern helps create the illusion of length for ladies looking for something to make them seem a little taller, and the side slit adds extra sexiness. With quite a high neckline, this dress probably doesn’t need a necklace. However, an up-do and a subtle pair of earrings will make this dress sing. Pair with black leather slip-on shoes or black sandals to continue the monochrome theme.
Few designers ooze cool, edgy style quite as well as Calvin Klein. The CK casual shirt-dress features a striking mesh print, making it ideal for ladies in the mood for something bold. The straight, relaxed fit also means you’ll be free to move comfortably, as there’s nothing worse than feeling restricted and uncomfortable in your clothes – particularly in warm weather. Because the cut of this dress is fairly simple, adding a couple of thick bangle bracelets will help take it up a notch for evening wear at your local Koh Samui or Phuket beach club.
If you’re a fan of florals, the floor-length number by Hugo Boss’ Orange label is a winner. Thanks to the bright summery hues, this style of floaty frock radiates holiday fun and is also ideal for those who want to achieve a low-key, Boho style. The 2-in-1 look is also particularly flattering, as it draws attention to the waist and accentuates this narrow part of the body. The dress ties at the waist, which is another bonus, as you will be able to loosen it a touch after you have indulged in all of the brunch buffet delights of the beach club.