Transitioning from poolside chic to a dinner at the local beach club is a breeze with our array of outfit choices and top holiday fashion tips
If you’re preparing to pack for your holiday to tropical Asia, organising outfits that can double up for numerous occasions on your trip is likely to be a priority – especially if you want to save on precious suitcase space. However, balancing the look for stylish lounging inside your luxury private villa with an outfit that can just as easily be worn out to a casual lunch or dinner isn’t always so simple. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide, with tips on the latest fashion trends and a selection of outfit ideas to inspire your multi-functional holiday wardrobe.
For stylish guys, the colour to be seen in this year is stone. Of course, this hue encompasses an array of shades – from creams to greys – and it is this versatility that makes it the perfect colour to be wearing at the local beach club in Thailand. These pale hues are also perfect for the warm climate, as they reflect the sun’s heat. Pair this pair of fawn Ted Baker chinos with a crisp white shirt or t-shirt for the ultimate transitional outfit.
Stylish in silk
If you relish lounging in the luxurious surroundings of your private villa, then it’s likely that you’ll want an equally luxurious outfit – that’s also super comfortable – to wear. This floral print silk georgette kaftan maxi dress, by designer Camilla Franks, is a smart solution. The designer’s collection is inspired by travel and exotic destinations – making it the perfect fit for a holiday to Thailand. The soft, silk fabric will also feel marvellously cool against your skin. The beaded embellishment down the front of the dress adds an extra special flourish.
If you’re a fashion-conscious guy then simply donning a pair of stone-coloured chinos may not be edgy enough for a trip out, so why not keep your wardrobe up to date by investing in a pair that are cropped at the ankles? We’ve seen ankle-height cut-offs on an array of catwalks over the past 12 months, and this style is perfect for casual lounging at your private villas as well. Abercrombie & Fitch’s cropped Rustin chinos offer a refined silhouette, with built-in stretch to provide comfort and flexibility, too. Pair these with a designer branded t-shirt to complete the look.
Lovely in lace
Poolside chic meets comfortable lounging wear in this gorgeous lace dress, by designer Melissa Odabash. The Layla dress is crafted all-over from lace, and the adjustable drawstring tie above the hips means you can tailor the outfit to suit your level of comfort – handy if you’re heading out for an indulgent lunch. What’s more, the lightweight fabric will feel soft on the skin in the warm Thai weather. Plus, the white fabric is perfect for reflecting the heat of the sun – ideal if you’re dining al fresco.
Jump for joy
For ladies that would prefer to nail the casual yet elegant look without wearing a skirt or dress, jumpsuits are a winning solution. The eye-catching colours and prints of East Africa’s Spice Island inspired Heidi Klein’s striking collection of swimwear and beach essentials. This bandeau woven jumpsuit is ideal for ladies keen to show off sun-kissed shoulders, and it’s easy to style this piece up with the right accessories, too. The soft fabric and elasticated neckline means that this ensemble is also well suited to lounging in the hammock beneath the tree on your villa’s sun terrace.