We look at where to go and what to pack, with tips from our favourite stylist.
With summer in full swing, we’ve got a handle on what’s hot in the fashion circles. Off-the-shoulder Bardot? Tick. Throw-on shirt dresses. Definitely. Midi jumpsuits? Those too.
But while the go-to trends are perfectly suited to little old Blighty, what we wear on holiday can get lost in translation. That’s why we’ve asked one of our favourite stylists about her expert tips on packing for three of-the-moment destinations – to suit all styles and budgets. Which will you plan an escape to?
Long haul lover: Vietnam
Vietnam is a game of two halves; depending on whether you’re heading north or south, you might experience very different weather patterns.
To immerse yourself in the real Vietnam we recommend a leisurely train ride on the reunification railway, taking in a dose of world-class scenery. It’s actually quicker than flying in most cases and you’ll be able to stop off at must-see destinations such as Hué and Nha Trang on the way. When considering outfits, remember it’s likely to be hot so you’ll be wanting a side order of practical with your chic.
What the expert says: Carol Allen, personal shopper at Browns Department Stores favours oversized shirts for exotic destinations. She explained:
“Light, loose shirts offer the perfect cover-up. They’re practical – protecting your skin from the harsh sun – and flatter all ages. Team with sturdy pumps.”
The finishing touch: A cotton scarf is a staple for any long haul trip: wrap up for temple visits or peel off to use as a sunshade in the midday heat. The vibrant stripe and raw hem of this Kenzo scarf (£155) will be a welcome (and luxe) accompaniment to your voyage east.
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The middle distance: Montenegro
For a trip packed to the rafters with adventure, drama and (possibly) a bit of romance too, Montenegro takes our top spot. Such is the draw of this gem, that Lord Byron famously quipped its coastline to be “the planet’s most beautiful encounter between the land and the sea”. Our tip? Head to the Unesco-listed Bay of Kotor for a slice of grand palazzo glamour amid the preserved fishing villages. This place is jaw-droppingly and authentically beautiful, so you’ll need a wardrobe to match.
What the expert says: Carol suggests a versatile cover up to take you from beach to bar:
“Sarongs and kaftans are so useful – slung over a bikini or swimwear you can choose brights, embellishments or chic, muted colours.”
The finishing touch: Could there be a better travel companion than this silver pendant? Subtly inscribed with a quote, it’s the perfect gift for a courageous friend – or simply an heirloom-style treasure for your own chosen adventure.
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The tender weekender: Estonia
In the north of Estonia, Tallinn ticks all the boxes for vibrant, fairytale allure and has reverted back to classier roots after a brief dalliance with the ‘stag do’ crowd. In fact, a weekend escape to Estonia has the chance to be so much more than a trip to its chocolate-box capital. A good bet is a trip to Saaremaa, the largest of the country’s 1500 islands, for some Estonian beach adventure worthy of flaunting that new outfit.
What the expert says: Carol says:
“A foldable panama hat and long-line jacket are city break staples. Remember to roll your clothes instead of folding them and always pack waterproof mascara for the beach or pool.”
The finishing touch: Boots are made for walking. And that’s just what these Boden boots (from £119) will do. Estonia is peppered with city jaunts and island hopping adventure, so don’t risk blisters. These are just the ticket to keeping feet happy, while looking the part.
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