There’s nothing better than stepping off the plane and enjoying that first moment of intense holiday heat. It’s warming, welcoming and you can instantly feel all your aches and pains melting away. You may have dressed in something casual to take you from the airport to your hotel, but what about the rest of your trip?
If you’re visiting a country that is renowned for its intense heat and scorching sunshine, then you need to think carefully about your holiday wardrobe. You want to be cool, comfortable and yet express your own sense of style. Looking for a little inspiration?
Read on for 5 fashion pieces to keep you cool and comfortable on your holiday.
The right footwear
When you’re walking around all day, exploring new terrain, the last thing you want is a blister – these are even more likely in the heat. You need sensible, casual shoes for women that you can wear throughout your time away, ensuring they will easily last the duration of your trip. Comfort is key.
Bring different types of footwear for the anticipated occasions – if you’re going to be trekking up a mountain, pack some walking boots, and on the other end of the spectrum, for the evenings when it may be a dressier affair, consider some smart platforms or heels. Plan what you’re doing and then you will be able to prepare for each part of your journey. Make sure you are only bringing shoes you have worn previously so that you know they are comfy and fit right – this way you won’t be left with sore feet. In regards to the heat, try to avoid shoes that are overly bulky and consider breathable options.
A maxi dress
Believe it or not, the less fabric you have touching your skin, the cooler you’ll feel. This is why in a hot climate, the humble maxi dress is your new best friend, whilst shorts and t-shirts should be left behind. Maxi dresses are elegant, create effortless chic, and you can find them in all kinds of colours and styles including strapless and halter neck. They’re also incredibly versatile. You can throw one on after you get out of the pool, or wear one to head down to the beach – you can even dress them up with wedges and accessories for the perfect day-to-night look.
Leave your underwire bra behind
Goodbye bra, hello bralette! Heavy, underwired and padded bras are only going to get you hot and bothered on holiday. And before you know it, you’ll be drenched sweat – not the most flattering of looks (or scents). Switching your traditional bra for a soft, unlined bralette means your skin can breathe. Ideal for those who don’t have the confidence to go completely braless on holiday. They look super cute too.
A wide-brimmed hat
The ultimate in sophistication and style, a wide-brimmed hat always looks good. Wide-brimmed hats also protect your head, face and the back of your neck from the sun. They’re a great holiday investment. Add your oversized sunglasses or aviators and you can channel your inner movie star as you lounge by the pool.
A lightweight shawl
A lightweight shawl or scarf that is light enough to slip inside your day bag will certainly help you stay cool and comfortable in the sun. If you feel you’re getting too much sun on your shoulders, you can simply wrap it around yourself, protect your skin and yet remain cool in the heat. Simplicity at its best.