You are going to a resort to relax, but you still want to look and feel your best. Image consultant Eve Roth Lindsay offers some preparation and packing tips for that well-earned getaway.
When planning what to take, start at the beginning: your suitcase. Choose a lightweight case because then you will be able to pack more without it being too heavy. But don’t be tempted to take too much.
“A good way to choose what to bring is to pack around colours. Bring items that can be co-ordinated into different outfits,” Ms. Roth Lindsay says.
Try laying different outfits out on your bed to see how they can be combined or even jot down some notes, and bear in mind that for beach holidays you will probably spend most of your time in your swimsuit.
“Keep it simple and avoid bright or noticeable clothes. Women, though, can bring unusual or dramatic accessories, such as chunky necklaces, bright bags, floppy hats or colourful pashminas because they are small.”
Loose clothing in natural fabrics is best for traveling, especially in hot climates. The exception to this rule is the hi-tech fabrics that are now on the market in sports and camping shops by brands such as Adidas. Advances in design mean these aren’t bulky or unattractive items – even top designers such as Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren are now using specially woven hi-tech fibers.
There are also non-creasing, light but warm synthetic fabrics available for trips to colder countries, or for nippy evenings. It is easy to forget a long-sleeved top for evenings, says Ms. Roth Lindsay, but even during summer a fresh coastal breeze might leave you wishing you had a warmer layer.
Only take comfortable clothes with you – if you don’t wear them at home, you won’t wear them on holiday. For summer destinations, pack your flip-flops, and a pair of slip-ons for men and espadrilles or sling backs for women so that your feet can breathe. For men, casual cotton-twill trousers or khaki pants are suitable for many occasions, while madras shorts are hip and comfortable for day wear. Men tend to under pack, so they should remember to take something to wear for dinner.
Sunglasses are an important accessory for all holidays, says Ms. Roth Lindsay, and don’t forget to take a hat.
In the swim
Women’s apparel brand La Perla is well-known for its lingerie but also has swimwear. A range of glamorous bikinis is available at the La Perla Boutique, Pacific Place. Central boutiques Sabina Swims, which specializes in swimsuits designed to suit different body shapes, and Ozzie Cozzie Co both also have swim and resort clothing year around.