The essential holiday wardrobe

I know we’re in the middle of the winter and we should probably be talking about scarfs and mittens, but this time of the year is also popular for sunny getaways. So perhaps talking about an essential holiday wardrobe is not too far fetched.

I’ve just come back from a 3 weeks holiday in Vietnam and travelled a bit up and down the country with a heavy backpack mainly full of toiletries and a fair amount of clothes. I am a practical person and I hate carrying around unnecessary things but I also think one can never be too chic even when travelling in hot exotic countries, so I packed for evey eventuality. However, experiencing a few such trips in my life, I realised that you only really need a few essential items regardless of how long you’re going away for, items which I will detail below. If you think you will need more than this, don’t forget that most countries these days offer laundry services so refreshing your travellinng wardrobe should not be a problem. Travelling light is practical and eco-friendly. Plus, it leaves that little bit of extra room in your luaggage for those amazing finds you’ll want to bring back home.

The oversized white shirt

Important because it will keep you cool when it’s hot, it will keep you warm if it’s chilly, it will protect you from mosquitoes and it will look good on you no matter what (especially against that sun kissed skin).



The denim shorts

I’d say go for boyfriend style of oversized, you won’t want to offend any local eyes by showing too much of your womanly bottom. Unless you’re in Brazil, which is fine!





The long skirt

Important for the same reasons as the oversized white shirt, for visiting temples and holy places and for making you look sexy and mysterious.






The oversized T-shirts

Make sure you pack a couple of plain grey or black ones and a few printed ones. Not more than 5 or 6. They go with the denim shorts and the long skirts.



The Havaianas

We all know why!



The flat sandals

They must be a) comfortable (think city visits), b) stylish (think dinners and nights out)




The earrings

Earrings are the essential holiday accessories. They don’t feel sweaty against your skin like necklaces and bangles, and they will flatter you whether your hair is up or down.




The hats

Festival style straw hats or fabric ones which you can fold and carry around. Any other kind will take up too much space and attention.




 The scarfs

As essential as your underwear. They will protect you against sun, wind, rain, too much attention. Perfect for covering shoulders during temple visits and for looking stylish and put together!



And other than suncream and mineral powder don’t think you’ll need anything else. Harem pants and jumpsuits are ok too, but only as extras. You’ll be able to mix and match at large with the items above, still looking like the girls from Sex and The City. Ok, maybe not quite like them! But close enough!…


All images via Pinterest.



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