We all know that summer holidays are the greatest, but despite relaxing jaunts by the pool and responsible sun tanning (don’t forget your SPF), deciding what to pack and how to dress can be slightly overwhelming. On top of everything else, it seems the last thing you want to focus on is what to wear and how to wear it, but when you’re strutting your stuff on the beach or the boardwalk, you want to look your best self. Here are some of our travel fashion tips that will keep you cool, calm and totally chic.
With looks inspired by various cultures and nationalities, stores like H&M are capitalizing on fashion’s diversity, offering prints and sweeping looks that keep you looking breezy and nonchalant. With tunics, oversized tanks and lengthy summer dresses doubling as both functional and in-style, their free-flowing nature is ideal for the beach or resort “ especially if you throw them on top of your bathing suit for dinner or drinks in the dining room.
The beauty of accessorizing is that it can take your outfit from day to night in only a step “ or in the case of travel fashion, from the beach to the nightclub. Pairing your tunic with a wrap belt will take you from beach babe to glamizon, cinching your waist to make for the ultimate feminine silhouette. And for those of you taking sundresses/cover-ups to heart, don your favourite gladiators and bangles, christening your staple look as a statement piece and making for an eclectic ensemble.
For those of you heading out and about in the cities of Europe (or the downtowns of cottage country), combining funk with sophistication is the perfect way to blend into cultural crowds. Pairing an oversize dress shirt with a graphic tee and boyfriend shorts creates a comfortable and stylish look, while a high-waisted free-flowing skirt and simple tank can function as a day-to-night go-to ensemble. Sunglasses and sunhat in tow, and it’ll just be assumed you’re part of the population.
Keep it Simple
While it may be tempting to pack each and every outfit, shirt or accessory into your already stuffed suitcase, remember that case of emergency pieces aside, less is more in the sense of travel fashion (though not in the sense of skimpy ensembles). This season’s hot-ticket items are shirtdresses, tunics and onesies, making it easier to sift between outfits and throw in the additional pair of shoes. Just remember not to skimp out on the essentials: sunscreen, sunhats and some vintage shades.