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Hi, it's me again, Who What Wear's resident Zara addict. Today, I am here to tell you all about my amazing trip to Bali but, more importantly, the three must-have Zara items I included on my vacation packing list that made my time there stress-free in the wardrobe department. Tropical vacations can definitely be tricky, as the weather, although typically warm, can really catch you by surprise. Spontaneous showers are inevitable and cloudy days are nothing out of the ordinary. Therefore, packing multipurpose pieces is crucial.
Here, I am taking you through my Bali vacation packing list, showing you the beautiful resort where I stayed, The Mulia Bali, and revealing a few styling tricks along the way. If you weren't quite ready for summer to end (welcome to the club), let this be the kicker you needed to take that last-minute vacation. And since we are talking about Zara here, you know you won't walk away from this story spending an arm and a leg. Nope—just good old-fashioned under-$100 items that definitely belong on that beach vacation packing list of yours.
Go on to see the must-have Zara items I brought with me on my vacation in Bali.
This printed set (matching top shown in the next photo) saved my life during this trip. It proved to be the perfect thing to throw on over a swimsuit (seen here), to wear to a casual dinner, and more. The set was lightweight, allowing me to carry it around in a beach bag all day with ease, and I was able to wear the two pieces multiple ways, which ultimately allowed me to pack less.
Take it from me—a colorful matching set is something that should definitely be on your next vacation packing list. You can wear the top with its matching counterpart, separately with jeans, or open over a swimsuit. Coordinating sets like these are more versatile than you might think, and while you're supposed to be on a relaxing vacation, the last thing you want to stress over is your wardrobe.
I used to be pretty against tunics. Until this trip, I honestly didn't really understand their purpose. When I originally ordered this linen Zara dress, I didn't realize (although the product name distinctly says "shirt") that this was essentially a tunic. Needless to say, I am officially a tunic convert, at least when it comes to the most stylish vacation packing lists. This garment provided me the festive breezy dress I needed, proved to be the ideal post-swim cover-up, and even looked cute tucked into high-rise jeans.
The sleeves and lace-up detail at the top are my favorite parts of this dress. If you are looking for that one piece you can throw on without thinking, it's this. It kept me covered yet cool as I hiked through Balinese rice terraces, protected me from the monkeys that jumped on me (proof here), and made me feel cozy as I cuddled up on a lounge chair by the pool. Have I convinced you of this dress's magical powers yet? Great.
Surely you were planning on packing a bathing suit on your next tropical getaway, but what you might not have considered is packing a swimsuit that serves more than one purpose. A printed one-piece swimsuit can also act as a chic bodysuit to wear with a skirt to dinner or with jean shorts for other various activities.
Pictured: Zara Strapless Swimsuit ($36); Le Specs x Adam Selman sunglasses
I love that the back of this Zara one looks like a bikini. It's almost like a two-in-one suit.
Wondering why I went to Bali in the first place? I was lucky enough to receive an invite to The Mulia Bali's five-year anniversary gala, filled with celebrities like Kate Bosworth and Ashley Graham. This party was truly unlike anything I have been to before, decked out with Alice in Wonderland–like confections, floor-to-ceiling flower arrangements, jaw-dropping performances, and one of the craziest after-parties I've ever experienced.
Aside from attending the party, I relaxed by the many pools of The Mulia, explored the local culture of Bali, and ate some of the best food, most of which I consumed at the resort. I mean, take one look at my daily breakfast arrangement, and you'll quickly understand why.
If you're looking to stay in a top-notch resort in Bali, The Mulia is your best bet. It's filled with multiple restaurants, picture-perfect pools that come right up to the sand, and some of the kindest staff members you will ever encounter. I can't imagine a comparable resort.
Pack a neutral beach bag you won't mind getting a little sandy.
Colorful headbands will be a lifesaver when you're finally over "beach hair."
This T-shirt is equal parts practical and stylish.
Throw this on over your bikini after a midday swim.
Resisting a striped swimsuit is always a challenge.
A vacation packing list wouldn't be complete without a simple pair of slides.
And, of course, you can never have too many embroidered dresses while on vacation.
This press trip was paid for by The Mulia Bali. Editors' opinions are their own.