Ever since I booked my trip to Bali (in what feels like 1972), I have been itching to pack my suitcase. Call me crazy, over thinking, obsessed or whatever you like, but at that very moment I began mentally sorting out the outfits that I would wear on each day I was there. When going on holidays, especially to somewhere humid like Bali, I believe it’s important to pack pieces that are versatile and lightweight, sticking to base colors of white, grey and of course a little bit of black. When I do wear black, I try and avoid wearing darker colors during the day in order to attract less heat.
Below is a list of items I plan on packing to take with me on my trip, having me covered from day parties at the beach club to nights out:
1. Basic T-shirts
The basic tees I’m packing will be in staple colors of black, white and grey so they can be easily paired with other items I’m packing such as denim shorts, loose fitted skirts and a variety of other bottoms. Bassike offers a great range of basics (here) that I have found to be very durable and lightweight. If you are opting for some that are more budget-friendly, ASOS have created a multi-pack range where you can purchase multiple tees in the same cut, but different colors (here).
I automatically associate summer with playsuits (and a few cocktails of course!) They are my go-to outfit when I can’t think of what to wear as they are so easy to throw on, on those days where you have spent all day at the beach, and your mind is experiencing an “I think I have heat stroke and can’t string a thought together” moment. Pair your playsuit with some sandals and ‘wa-la’ a no-brainer, no fuss outfit that will still make you look good and like you give damn! I’ve purchased a gorgeous one from Alice McCall’s latest collection that I just can’t wait to wear (Found here). Some other ones that are on my love list are this lace number from ASOS (here), the Clarity stripe playsuit from Lioness Fashion (here) and of course the Lucia Silk Embroidery playsuit from Zimmerman (here).
Sandals are essential for any beach holiday, and their wearability speaks for themselves: they are so easy to put on and are super comfy, even when your feet are incredibly swollen from the heat. Unlike in Melbourne, sandals are also the club and dinner-appropriate in places like Bali. My go-to colors are black and tan but I’m also investing in a pair of white slides before I jet off (here). My top foot friendly sandal picks this year are the Birkenstock Arizona sandal (here), these got me through last summer and my love for the self-proclaimed ‘old lady’ shoe is still going strong. I also love the ‘Fresh’ slides from Tony Bianco in tan (here).
4. Denim Shorts
I have a big love affair with denim shorts, particular any made buy cult denim label One Teaspoon. It’s something about the way they fit my legs or the way they are cut, but ever since I purchased my first pair of denim cut-offs from them a few years ago, I haven’t looked back. My favorite wash is light-wash denim in a loose/ relaxed fit which aligns perfectly with the beach vibes that Bali bring (here). Just like most denim, it’s important to try them on in person to make sure they suit your body type. Also adding a belt with hardware detail can dress up your shorts and give them a little character.
5. Bikinis and One Piece
This one is a no-brainer – do I need to say more? Pack lots of bikinis… I’d say at least three pairs you can have on rotation throughout your holiday. My favorite swimwear labels at the moment are Her the label and Zulu & Zephyr. I’ve also purchased one piece, which was an eBay steal for only $7, that can be worn not only by the pool but are versatile in the sense you can throw on a pair of denim cut-offs, and you are good to hit the nearest cocktail bar.
6. Denim Shirt
Not only is a denim shirt great to wear to and from the beach over your bikinis and paired with a sun hat, but it is also the perfect item to throw on over your clothes when the temperature drops (Just in case it does). It is effortless and classic and can be worn open and untucked or knotted into a crop top. Bonds have a great range of denim shirts in a range of shades to suit your liking (here).
7. Straw Fedora
When on a warm weathered holiday the straw fedora is my best friend. It’s the thing I turn to protect my face from the sun while sun baking or the item I used to add a little something to my outfit during the day. Avoid wool or felt hats (obviously) as they generate heat and stick to straw ones as they are more breathable and don’t make your head as sweaty. Mine is from Ace of Something (here).
Apart from these essential items, I’ll also be packing trend pieces such as off the shoulder numbers, wide-sleeved tops and wrap skits that encompass that tropical holiday feeling. But what’s important is you pack clothes that make you feel comfortable and you know you look good in. You want your holiday to be relaxed, fuss-free and easy and the same goes for your suitcase wardrobe.