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Essentials 12 July 2022

Suitcase Essentials For a Tropical Getaway

Whether you're Europe-bound or choosing to holiday on a beach somewhere a little closer to home, here are our sunny vacation must-haves for this season.

For your next coastal trip away, make room in your suitcase for our vacay essentials - curated to take you seamlessly from beachside to bar side in style.

Words By Ruby Staley

For the Beach

Wake up when you like, wander down to the beach at your own pace and spend the day relaxing on the shore. From modern sarong and bikini styles to essential towels and sunscreen, the beach is far more fun when you feel stylish and prepared.

Whether you are an avid swimmer or prefer to watch on from the safety of the beach, a great bikini or one-piece swimsuit is an obvious beach day essential.

For a fun, updated take on the classic style, Cult Gaia’s Aster One Piece in a bright lime green features a floral cut out detail and a Y2K style halter neckline.

If a bikini is more your style, something printed in a bold pattern like this Bikini Set from Kim Shui is perfect for complimenting the lush tropical paradise you’re holidaying at.

Dressing for a beach day is usually an exercise in comfort, so pairing a loose fitted shirt over your bathers is a simple, yet still cool, outfit. Designed with a boxy silhouette and an oversized fit, any of the Blanca Benny Shirts would make the ideal outer layer.

Arguably the most important component to any beach outfit is the accessories. Go for a hat and SPF to keep the sun damage to a minimum, and don’t forget to pack a bright beach towel to keep you dry – Emma Mulhulland On Holiday’s Beach Towels are made to be taken to a tropical beach destination.

Clockwise from left to right:
Cult Gaia Aster One Piece, $380 – available at The Iconic
Prada Logo Raffia Bucket Hat, $1090 – available at Farfetch
Jil Sander Crochet-knit Trousers, $1436 – available at Farfetch
Marni Tropicalia Summer Tote Bag, $1228 – available at Farfetch
Dazie Phoenix Thongs, $59.99 – available at The Iconic

To the Bar

After a big day of relaxing by the shore, swimming, snorkelling or even paddle boarding – finally, it’s cocktail time. Keep the coastal vibes going by layering a trendy sheer dress over your bathing suit and pairing with your signature shades and comfortable sandals.

For the perfect combination of sheerness and glamour, Paco Rabanne’s Embellished Mini Dress is sure to instantly elevate your swimsuit and beach hair to chic status.

Colour match your bag to the stunning summer mini dress with this nautical inspired Prada Re-Edition 2005 Logo Bag, with woven details and baby blue stripes, this iconic purse is just the right size to fit your bar-side essentials.

Speaking of; an afternoon drinking cocktails just isn’t the same without a pair of modern sunglasses to keep your eyes protected.

For high quality and classic styles at an affordable price point, Le Specs is everyone’s holiday favourite. Perfect for a sunny getaway, the rectangular Unreal style are a good mix of classic design in the tortoiseshell frames, and modern silhouette in the lens shape – made for easy wearing.

Step out of your comfy thongs for the afternoon and complete your cocktail ready look with a pair of elevated sandals. Alias Mae’s Polo Sandals are designed with a sleek platform base and modern strap design – a style comfortable and stylish enough to be worn out for drinks.

Clockwise from left to right:
Hansen & Gretel Caribbean Dress, $107 – available at The Iconic
Justine Clenquet Gaia Crystal Chain Anklet, $44 – available at Farfetch
Prada Re-Edition 2005 Logo bag, $3113 – available at Farfetch
Le Specs Unreal, $79 – available at The Iconic
Ravella Fiasco, $79 – available at The Iconic

Out on the Town

Once the sun has set on your tropical beach day, it’s time to reapply your face and get a little dressed up before venturing into town for the night.

Whether you’re treating yourself to a fancy dinner on the water with your partner, family or friends, or planning to continue sampling cocktails at a bar in the city – look and feel your best with a statement co-ord set.

Ideal for holiday packing, matching sets lend themselves to look amazing when worn together, and either dressed up or down by mixing and matching over your time away.

For an eye-catching look that’s cool and cohesive, pair Binya’s Yellow Lounge Pants with the matching One Shoulder Top.

Elevate the matching set with a pair of sleek sandals or kitten heels like Totêm’s Black Heeled Flip Flops that combine the best of beach and evening wear.

Before you hit the town on your tropical getaway, finish the look off with a variety of sparkling jewels like Reliquia Jewellery’ Trending Upwards Gold Hoop Earrings and Brinker & Eliza Spencer’s Knot Chain Pearl Necklace.

Grab Jacquemus’ Le Ciciu Shoulder Bag on your way out the door and you’re sorted for a trés chic vacay evening look.

Clockwise from left to right:

Luv Lou The Dusty, $120 – available at The Iconic
Paloma Wool Black Endy Midi Dress, $475 – available at SSENSE
Reliquia Trending Upwards Gold Hoop Earrings, $139 – available at The Iconic
Jacquemus Le Ciciu Shoulder Bag, $1550 – available at Farfetch
Marni Black & Off-White Fussbett Sandals, $1050 – available at SSENSE