Refining your vacation style may seem like a fruitless labor if the majority of your waking hours are spent in an office, but even if your time in a bikini sipping on tropical drinks comes but once a year, that’s all the more reason to have an established set of style guidelines so you can make the most of your PTO. Why? Not only does it help edit down your packing list, but approaching your holiday looks like a seasoned veteran will also remove the fuss of getting dressed while away.
After a recent rendezvous to the lush beaches and jungles of Vietnam with swimwear brand Onia and three top fashion bloggers, we’ve decidedly made the topic a priority. Scroll down for tips from the ladies behind Lust for Life, Class Is Internal, and Happily Grey and see their breathtaking photos amid the lush backdrop of Angsana Lang Co. Bon voyage!
Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal
How would you describe your vacation style?
"Free and comfortable, of course, because it’s vacation and the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable. Loose, white, flowy. Not elegant, not chic, but bohemian in a way. Minimal bohemian."
How many outfits a day do you wear when you're on vacation?
"If you’re going to a completely tropical location your outfit doesn’t really matter, it’s your bathing suit that matters, so you should focus on a stylish, eccentric bathing suit, and then put a comfortable top and bottom on so you can do whatever you want during the day."
To you, what makes the perfect, refined vacation outfit?
"A linen dress, unique sandals, a straw fedora, and a really cool bikini underneath."
Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life
Before a trip, how do you plan out your looks?
"First I do research on the place I’m going to and usually from getting context about what it looks like I pack based on that. I also check the weather to make sure everything I pack makes sense for that time of year."
How do you go about choosing what swimwear to bring?
"I’m drawn to more timeless cuts so I usually bring swimsuits that can complement the other pieces I bring."
Who do you think (past or present) has amazing vacation style?
"The women who were subjects of Slim Aarons's photographs had the most aspirational vacation style."
Mary Seng of Happily Grey
Describe your packing process.
"I don’t plan out anything. Because I pack basics, a lot can be matched and I can create several looks out of the different pieces. I pack my favorite basics that are appropriate for the weather and I style them on the go, and then it’s the accessories that I play with. I don’t wear a lot of colors. Whites, grays, blacks, and camels because those colors all go together. If you have good basics and the color scheme coordinates, then you’re safe."
What are some good coverups?
"One of my favorite looks is a belted caftan with a hat. You can wear it day and night. I also like an oversize menswear shirt as a coverup. And little easy dresses are nice too. I really don’t wear a lot of shorts or skirts, I'm more drawn to oversized menswear, and then I can make it more feminine with an accessory."
How do you approach choosing your swimwear?
"I go for more classic schemes because that relates to my style. A lot of whites, grays, and blacks. I’m a little more creative with the fit. My style is minimal, but also more sporty with swimwear. My style’s not sexy—that’s just not me in general—so a one-piece is always my choice over a two piece. If I do wear a two piece, I like sportier silhouettes like a zipper or high neck. I have broad shoulders so I feel like the high neck is a complement to that. Nothing sexy, always more classic or sporty."
Which bathing suit did you like best? Tell us in the comments, and if you feel like shopping Onia, shop their Black Friday sale (save 60% on sale items) and Cyber Monday sale (save 25% on non-sale items). Happy swimming!