by Esther Boutique Aug 30, 2013

We take a look at what to wear and how to pack for some fun in the sun.

Tropical trend

One of the biggest trends this summer is the palm leaf print, with celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, Kelly Brook and Carly Rae Jepson all looking fabulous in the feel-good pattern.

Palm print is everywhere, whether on swimwear, bags, dresses or pants. Gone is the tackiness that was once associated with the Hawaiian print. The tropical trend has a new level of sophistication and pieces are available to suit every body shape and style. So there is no excuse not to pack something in palm print into your suitcase these holidays.


Some styles to try in this trend are off the shoulder dresses, t-shirts, jumpsuits and maxi dresses, complete with flowers, fruits, tropical birds and leaves – bringing a big splash of colour to beaches this summer.

Packing tips

Holidays are meant to be relaxing and a fun way to escape the stress of everyday life, so why add to your anxiety as you prepare to jet off? A holiday can require a variety of different outfits – think lounging by the pool, heading out on a boat trip, hiking and eating out at a bar or restaurant. Yet packing doesn’t need to be a difficult task.

One trick is to be savvy with your choices, choosing outfits that could have multi purposes. A maxi dress is the perfect example.

A maxi dress has three ways to be worn – casual with thongs, dressy with heels and with a t-shirt over the top to appear like a separate skirt.

Slinky fabric is perfect for keeping cool under the sun while glamming up your beachwear, but can also be worn at night for cocktails and dancing.

A cute pair of shorts can be worn by the pool or with a pair of heels.

The other trick is to roll your items into your suitcase rather than fold them, which creates a lot of extra space – perfect for taking a few extra outfits or if you decide to shop up a storm when you’re there.

With these tips on what to wear and how to pack, you should be holiday ready without too much stress. All that’s left to do is head off on your trip to relax and soak up the sun.


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