With peak winter holiday season just around the corner, make sure you pack a few wardrobe essentials to stay on trend when you head for the tropics this season.
From the catwalks of London, Paris and New York, to the long stretches of sandy beach in Phuket and Koh Samui, fashion is one language that never fails to translate.
If you are heading to Thailand just in time for the peak winter season, then now is the perfect time to think about how to update your holiday wardrobe. From bold 1970s-style prints, to fantastic floral creations, you can take your inspiration from summer hits across the globe.
Below are five ‘must haves’ for tropical winter days and nights.
Denim ruled the casual summer wardrobe this year, and it’s here to stay for even longer. From baby blues to deeper hues, denim was all over the catwalks in New York and London during each of the cities’ respective fashion weeks. It's a slightly cosier option if you are travelling in hot countries, but still a good choice when evening gathers and the temperatures drop slightly. The Hilfiger denim playsuit is great for ladies that want something stylish to protect their legs from evening mosquitos.
It seems that the floral trend has been around for several fashion seasons already, but now designers are jazzing up colourful florals by playing with new textures and materials. The striking skirt by Monsoon is the perfect example – an eye-catching metallic skirt that draws attention not only for its print, but also for its full shape and maxi length. To make the most of a dramatic item like this, it is best to team it up with something simple like a crisp white t-shirt or camisole. It's the perfect kind of skirt for a little afternoon sightseeing, as it will keep you nice and cool whilst it protects your legs from the sun.
If you thought that bold 1970s style print dress you had stashed at the back of the wardrobe would never be worn again, then think twice! Spring Summer 2015’s catwalks were peppered with captivating 1970s colours and prints, from Gucci to Pucci. This Topshop kimono features a bold print, and is the perfect item to slip on and off in between poolside lounging and trips to your private villa’s kitchen for re-fills of iced fruit juice. The loose fit also offers a comfortable alternative to a more structured jacket when you need to cover up your shoulders for sightseeing at Thailand’s temples.
No holiday wardrobe is complete without a dress, and this winter holiday season you will not be able to live without a few to choose from. Whether its cute mini dresses to high waisted casual ball gown styles, they were the number one item of clothing to be paraded down the catwalks. Elegant creations like the one from Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci, are an ethereal vision of colour and style.
No trip to an island in Thailand is complete without at least one night out in Bangkok. Structured, city silhouettes were big on this season’s catwalks, and the Thai capital is the perfect setting to showcase a more tailored style. As temperatures in the capital soar throughout the year, a lighter, cropped version of the polished ‘urban’ look is the perfect take on this slick city trend. Pick up a smart shorts-and-jacket suit, or even just a linen cropped blazer to pull this look off.