In Thailand’s tropical temperatures, it’s more than likely villa guests will spend most of their winter villa holiday in a swimsuit, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing on style.
Planning a fabulous holiday wardrobe will be high on the priority list for many women travellers heading to Thailand this coming high season.
Given that most visitors from the chilly west are likely to spend a decent part of their holiday enjoying the tropical warmth, it makes sense to add a few stylish beach ensembles to the suitcase.
When it comes to beachwear, savvy ladies choose items that they can just slip on and off as they pop to their villa’s kitchen for a snack or nip out to nearby beach stall to pick up some fresh coconuts or a refreshing fruit smoothie.
Below are a few top style tips for your upcoming seaside sessions.
The simple sarong has become a quintessential item that every beach lover (not just female) needs with them on a holiday in the Land of Smiles. Not only are these fabulous slips of fabric simple to throw on as a quick cover up when you’re nipping back to your villa for a drink top up, they are also multifunctional masterpieces that can used as towels, tied as dresses, maxi skirts or over-shoulder shawls. This season, funky 1970s prints were all over the catwalk, so retro sarongs such as the one from Emilio Pucci will definitely be a beach fashion hit. Made from lightweight cotton voile, the striking sarong will also feel fantastic on your skin.
This season, a multitude of high street shops and fashion designers have taken their style inspiration from Asia, which you can see in the plethora of casual kimonos that have been paraded down catwalks across the world. Kimonos are a must-have item for boho
beach ladies, and the best thing with a multi-coloured piece is that you will be able to match it with all of your different bikinis. Items with fringed edges or crocheted detailing are particularly in vogue, and will pack up nice and small
Stylish gents enjoying an afternoon at their local beach club in Phuket or Koh Samui will need a pair of shorts that are practical enough for dips in the pool, but still look stylish at the bar. The nautical look never goes out of style, and this season Ralf Lauren’s preppy take on the popular maritime trends is a classic winner. Crafted from quick-drying fabric, the sassy swim shorts feature a striking all over-anchor print and include handy pockets for any loose change and a mesh brief lining for comfort.
Cool and Collected
Unless you’re lazing by the pool next to your private villa, a vest just about scrapes a pass in the style stakes. However, for guys planning an outing to the beach bar, nothing less than a sharp t-shirt will do. Colour makes all the difference, and rich tones including navy blue, deep grey and scarlet are all smart options. For those that want to continue the nautical trend, a classic striped t-shirt may be the way forward – although probably not best worn with the anchor-print shorts (above). Made from soft cotton, the timeless T-short from Yves Saint Laurent is a winner for your beach wardrobe.
Thailand’s islands are now home to quiet a few upscale beach clubs where a simple pair of flip flops will just not do. Instead, many guests now choose to make a style statement with their footwear. Sandals are the obvious choice, as they are cool, comfortable and infinitely more stylish than the humble flip flop. You can make a major style splash with a pair of dazzling Dolce & Gabbana Aria sandals, for example, dripping with faux jewels. The satin and velvet moulded foot bed also means your feet will stay caressed with comfort throughout the day.