A Style Guide for a Tropical Getaway

Winter may not be that chilly in South Africa, but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming about a beach getaway on a secluded island in the tropics, maybe even booking a last minute trip if we can afford it. Most people know what the packing essentials are for a tropical holiday: a selection of mix-and-match bikinis, cover-ups that can be worn on and off the beach, day-to-night dresses, and hats. But to really up your style game on your sun-soaked travels, we’ve got a few extra suggestions to add to your luggage.

Zara Multicolor Jacquard Print Kimono
Multicolor Jacquard Print Kimono [Courtesy of Zara]

A Sheer Kimono
While your sarong and crochet dresses have never let you down in keeping you chic during your walks on the beach, why not mix them up with a beautiful, modern kimono? Perfect for days out in the sun, dining al fresco and nights out on the town, Gurl indicates a myriad of ways that you can wear this Japanese inspired garment on your holiday.

A Light Cardigan
Your destination may be tropical; however, the temperature difference between day and night can give people the chills early in the morning and the evening. Bring a light cardigan in a neutral colour with you so that it can be easily layered with your outfits. An alternative to the cardigan would be a denim jacket, though that if it’s too bulky to pack or too warm, opt for a chambray shirt.

An OTS Top
Spring may just be around the corner, but it is definitely too chilly over here to be showing off your shoulders right now. Instead of wearing it at home, take your off-the-shoulder top with you on vacation. The style editors that compiled the range of tops from varying brands on Lyst, suggest this neckline is a favourite as the OTS top offers a fresh, vacation-ready look.

Valliyan by Nitya Arora
Available at hauteedit.com
Valliyan by Nitya Arora
Available at hauteedit.com

Plenty of Accessories
Your jewellery, purses and silk scarves are the finishing touches of your outfits and ultimately determine whether your look is appropriate for daytime or nighttime wear. For example, a maxi dress pairs well with a floppy sunhat for the afternoon, but to transition into the evening, you’d trade the hat for a gold chain necklace, a clutch and wedges. With a wide selection of accessories at your disposal, you can minimise the amount of clothing you pack in your suitcase, since your shoes, bags and other pieces have the final say in your ensemble.

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