5 travel style hacks for your next sunny getaway

01 October 2016

Whether you’re jet-setting for business or pleasure, just like some of our Lifestyle Advocates, it’s always good to be dressed stylishly, without compromising on comfort; and in the words of Indonesian actor, Mike Lewis, “It’s better to be dressed up than dressed down.”

Taking inspiration from some of Asia’s most stylish fashion bloggers, we’ve compiled a list of travel style hacks that will have you excited to pack up for your next trip. From chic yet comfy rompers to quirky tote bags, we’ve got you covered.

Retro Chic

Inspired by Uli Mali

Photo: Attilio Giusti Leombruni

Uli Mali hails from sunny Singapore, and her looks always seems effortless yet well curated. She’s a lover of vintage inspired looks and this is clear from her blog posts, which reflect an air of timeless femininity that’s never overdone.

The next time you find yourself on a trip that involves humid weather and unpredictable elements, take a cue from Uli Mali and take aesthetic inspiration from past eras, while keeping the glam factor very much alive. In one of her most recent travel blog post, she wore a romper that brought back memories of the 80s, sans the teased locks and neon blue eyeshadow.


Stay comfy while looking chic in this light wash denim playsuit from Valentino, which gives off Grecian goddess vibes. Pair it with a funky pair of socks, some snazzy brogues to keep your feet in check and a cross-body bag like this one from Loeffler Randall.

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Go Loud or Go Home

Inspired by Diana Rikasari

Photo: Eugenia Kim

Indonesia’s fashion darling Diana Rikasari is truly unique in terms of style and is often photographed in the brightest of colours and with the quirkiest accessories. If you like multiple pops of colour and marching to the beat of your own drum, then be prepared to go big or go home.

Diana’s travel style is anything but muted, so don’t be afraid to mix and match textures, shades and patterns with your look. To make things easier, pick one colour as the main event and have it make an appearance in every element of your outfit, like we’ve done with our interpretation of Diana’s travel style.


With the patterned loose-fit Victoria Beckham dress as the pièce de résistance, you can accessorise the rest of your look accordingly as we’ve done here with sandals and shades from Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake Bao Bao tote and a hat from Eugenia Kim. What we’ve done is kept to a pink and red colour scheme throughout, but like Ms Rikasari, feel free to go boldly where no fashionista has gone before.

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Monochrome Magic

Inspired by Zoe Suen

Photo: Victoria Beckham

Zoe Suen’s personal style is simple without being boring and seems quite minimalistic. The Hong Kong-born blogger is often seen in monochromatic outfits, showcasing a seamless look. Taking inspiration from that, you can use any colour you fancy to build a travel-worthy outfit. In fact, it even makes packing for trips a lot less challenging if you have certain hues to work with. You can never go wrong with earth tones, black, or white as your standout shade.


Using one of Zoe’s latest looks as inspiration, we’ve chosen an all-black ensemble for an air of fuss-free sophistication. Instead of a one-piece, a pair of airy culottes works well for a travel outfit, and you can style it with an off-shoulder top, like the one we’ve chosen here from Michael Kors. A pair of chunky Gucci sling-backs and a roomy Alexander McQueen backpack to stash all your necessities completes the look.

See also: 10 iconic looks by Alexander McQueen

Easy Breezy

Inspired by Laureen Uy

Photo: Dolce Gabbana

Laureen Uy hails from the Philippines and is quite the stylish jetsetter. Wherever she goes, she values comfort and ease of use when selecting her outfit, but she always displays some flair in her choices too. Taking these factors into consideration, we created a look that will be perfect on a sunny day out and about.


Inspired by tropical climates, we selected patterns that evoke feelings of being by the beach and frolicking in the sun, with a flowy Dolce & Gabbana skirt and funky flip-flops, also from D&G.

If you don’t need to bring a lot with you on your day out, settle for a small clutch with a shoulder strap, like this canary yellow piece from Jimmy Choo — no need to be weighed down when you’re trying to navigate new territories anyway! Finally, top it all off with a hat. We like Eugenia Kim’s black wool number for a touch of sophistication amidst the casual vibes.

Classic Cuts

Inspired by Curtis Yu

Photo: Buscemi

We have certainly not forgotten about the gentlemen who want to travel stylishly. Blogger Curtis Yu represents Taiwan on this list with his eclectic, charming personal style. He’s never one to shy away from an on-trend accessory, and is often seen carrying various tote bags. Statement pieces seem to be the common factor in all his outfits while his clothing is often in classic silhouettes and cuts.

Gucci’s bee tote is the perfect standout item for a travel look, and is something you will definitely need if you’re on a trip and want to have your hands free to snap pictures. You can’t go wrong in a classic pair of blue jeans, like this pair from McQueen, and a crisp white shirt, but we’ve chosen this whale-print shirt from Lanvin. Comfy kicks are a must-have for any traveller, and nothing is comfier than a pair of sneakers. Finally, get a pair of foldable sunglasses like these ones from Thom Browne that you can easily store in your tote bag when the sun goes down.


These are just five ways to style your travel outfits, and there are many more out there, if we consider the various climates and trends there are to consider. How do you dress up when you’re travelling? Feel free to share your thoughts with us on via Facebook, Instagram or email us at

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Written by Thash Nathan

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