With the right wardrobe strategy there is no reason for ladies to look anything less than their best on holiday in the tropics, even once the sun sets and mosquitos come out to play.
Sophisticated women travellers who have invested in designer bikinis, sarongs and sandals for their holiday villa beachwear wardrobe, usually want to look just stylish once night has fallen. It may be tempting to cool off from a day of swimming and sunbathing by slipping on your favourite new sundress for a few extra hours, but with the dazzling hues of sunset often come pesky mosquitos, so once it reaches 6pm, it is important to cover up and spritz on some repellent. With a few carefully chosen pieces in your collection, however, made from the right material, covering up doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. Here are some top evening wear choices that successfully combine elegance with comfort.
While the bold colours and prints of authentic Thai-style “Aladdin” pants can be a tempting choice for ladies who want to keep the mosquitos off, these casual trousers aren’t the most stylish choice for an evening of cocktails. A pair of tailored linen trousers is the ideal alternative for something to cover up your legs, show off your waist and add a touch of elegance to your evening outfit. The high-waisted trousers from Chanel’s 2014 Cruise collection are the embodiment of tailored trouser style.
If you are fed up of donning the same cream, white and beige outfits all the time? Why not inject something a little more daring into your holiday wardrobe? Loose evening jackets like Topshops’s floral Kimono jacket cover up your skin as well as giving it plenty of space to breathe. The kimono tailoring also adds an exotic, oriental twist for ladies who are more accustomed to wearing straight, boxy blazers. Bright, tropical patterns are bang on trend for summer 2014, so this Japanese-style sensation is the ideal eveningwear choice.
Jumpsuits, playsuits and even “onesies” have taken the fashion world by storm in the last year. If you are searching for the perfect outfit for an evening at a chic beach club, French Connection’s Island Storm Jumpsuit could be the perfect choice. Full length straight legs guarantee the mosquito cover-up you need, while the elasticated waistline means the suit will remain comfortable (and ultra-elegant) even after you indulge in a seafood spread.
Bright and Beautiful
Scarves, wraps and pashminas are a great way to cover up your shoulders once the evening arrives, particularly if you are still feeling too warm to don a jacket or shrug. The markets in popular villa destinations like Thailand are bursting with a rainbow of lightweight pashminas, which can even be used as cute scarves once you get back home. Ladies with a penchant for designers may prefer Kate Spade’s New York graphic print scarf. Made of 100 percent wool, this bold accessory can work with your outfit whatever the weather, and fulfils this season’s trend for a bright colour palette.
Shrug it Off
Shrugs are the perfect choice if you are heading out for some evening fun in a more formal setting. The scarlet shrug by Max Mara is crafted from luxurious sheer silk, which means it feels as soft as the sea breeze as it sits on your skin. Silk is also a breathable fabric, which will help your body to stay cool while you look classier than ever. With three-quarter length sleeves and an open front, this smart shrug still leaves some of your skin open to mosquitos, so be sure to spritz on some repellent before you slip it on.
by Max Vee