1. Pack a brightly-coloured kimono
Follow in Denise Keller’s footsteps and slip on a patterned caftan or kimono when you’re headed to the beach. Extra points if you can find one in vivid colours, because they’ll keep you looking fresh (and you’ll look amazing in all your Instagram snaps!)
2. Keep a few separates on-hand
Separates are great to have in your luggage because they offer you plenty of mix-and-match options that you can play around with. Just like Barbara Latimer, keep a cropped top and a pair of high-waisted shorts amongst your options, as they are more versatile when it comes to styling them around.
3. Wear a bright bikini
We are loving Kate Phang’s brightly-coloured floral bikini, because it pops so beautifully against the clear blue waters in the back. Alternatively, if florals aren’t your cup of tea, opt for stripes or even foliage patterns too.
4. Easy does it
When you’re off gallivanting around a tropical island, it’s best to stick to lightweight fabrics and easy silhouettes. This way, you can take in all the sights and sounds without having to worry about working up a sweat. Jade Seah demonstrates this perfectly, with her loosely-fitted cotton dress that she’s complimented with colourful accessories.
5. Always have a printed dress around
Unless you’re travelling on an itinerary with a tour group, you never know what your holiday might bring. One moment you’re sunbathing, and the next moment you might find yourself at an upscale restaurant overlooking some picturesque cliff. In those moments, it helps to have a dress that’s more presentable. Jacelyn Tay’s printed Marimekko dress makes for a great option that you can wear with gold sandals for a dinner date.
6. Don't forget your hat
If there’s one thing you should never, ever ever forget, it’s your sunhat. We love Jesseca Liu’s way of pairing her hat with stripes and a denim romper, but a good straw hat goes with just about everything else too.
7. Keep your belongings in a rattan bag
The rattan bag is having a major moment in the spotlight, with more than a handful of celebs carrying it. Jeanette Aw’s approach to styling up her basket bag comes with an air of ease and effortlessness, as she incorporates retro-inspired polka dots to match the vintage vibe of her handbag.
8. Stay fresh in a white dress
Just like how the LBD is a must-have for urban living, the Little White Dress is a beachside essential. Not only does it go perfectly with sandals, espadriles or wedges, the white adds a freshness that offsets your new tan perfectly. Beatrice Tan’s lace number here demonstrates how easy and modern the LWD looks when paired with summer accessories.
9. Throw on a maxi dress
Not sure what to wear for the day? A breezy maxi dress, like this one worn by Melissa Celestine Koh, can carry you from day to night. Just switch up your accessories and shoes and you’re all set!