Travel Style: Dressing For Heat And Humidity Overseas

I pack my clients for all sorts of trips and vacations. Most recently, I created looks and put together a carryon (only) of outfits for a trip to Prague. Most of our clients’ vacations include activities that require casual chic looks and include some slightly dressier outfits for events like dinners out, etc. I am layering, pairing, accessorizing, and more.

As I am sitting here in Bangkok, Thailand, I am giggling about how different the packing for my trips here are compared to what I do for clients going to, let’s say, Prague. Thailand isn’t so much a vacation destination for me. My family lives here (follow along with Stories on Instagram @dcstylefactory to follow us around the city) and although we are doing some vacation stuff, we are mostly city livin’. 

I definitely don’t layer here in Bangkok and I definitely am not rocking my Rachel Comey fringe top. I don’t bring anything I would be sad to have ruined. So, what do I wear here when fashion is not my priority — but I still want to feel like me each day?

My requirements for outfits are:

  • · Machine washable 
  • · Doesn’t show sweat easily. I’m not as worried about items that don’t make me sweat. If you have
      come to Thailand you know sweating is just part of the package. I opt for colors that just don’t
      show it as much.
  • · Comfortable and lightweight.
  • · Sporty chic style where there is some structure (either in the bottoms or in the tops) so I can
      incorporate comfort, but still feel like I’m not rolling around in ratty tees for weeks on end.


Building Outfits

With any trip, I start with the shoes. What 2-3 pairs of shoes will I realistically wear during the trip? Once I have that down, I build the outfits. If I am in my Adidas slides 95 percent of the time, how can I make a cute, sporty-chic outfit that has a little of my French Chic style still incorporated? It’s all in keeping those silhouettes current, bottoms first.  Cotton utility pants, high-waisted khaki shorts, high-waisted denim shorts.  

1.) Bottoms. In Thailand, I live in denim shorts and lightweight cotton pants. This Nili Lotan pair are perfect for the plane and also look great with a muscle tee and Adidas slides for hanging out in Bangkok. 

Nili Lotan Pants $325, available at The Hive


2.) Shoes.  Sneakers that offer enough support for walking are a must. These Tretorns have enough cushion and support for a day of exploring Bangkok..and they look cool. We are always on foot jumping in taxis, riding trains and even hopping in Tuk-Tuks!

Tretorns $75, available at The Shoe Hive


I also spend a lot of time in my Adidas slides. They can get wet if we head to a waterpark and they are just easy for everyday visits to family when I am taking shoes on and off (Thai folks do not wear shoes in the home). Another option for this could easily be the Johnston & Murphy slides at Kiskadee.

Johnston & Murphy Jenny slides $158, available at Kiskadee 


3.) Tops. Binding clothing need not apply. If I am wearing denim shorts, I love a boxy button-down and Adidas slides for a day with family. The button-down top makes me feel a bit more dressed. This Birds of Paradis top is perfection.

Birds of Paradis Shirt $100, Available at The Hive 


I also like sleeveless tops, but not necessarily tank tops, which feels a little bare. I am not a backpacking tourist here in Thailand, but more or less a local so I like to dress in a way that still is who I am, but also fits in with my family’s culture. These two tops from Kiskadee hit the mark perfectly. I would wear both of these with denim shorts and slides or cotton pants and slides.


Lilla P Short Sleeve V-Neck Cotton Top, available at Kiskadee


 CP Shades Simone Tank $188, available at Kiskadee 

4.) Accessories. I wear very little. I stick to earrings and mostly studs that don’t dangle. 

Anna Beck Earrings $100, available at The Hive



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Rosana has 18 years of fashion and retail experience. Her team has worked on more than 1,500 closets and wardrobes since she launched DC Style Factory 10 years ago. She has been featured by the New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, and more. Her clients include U.S. politicians, lobbyists, authors, lawyers, and corporate executives.

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