A walk on the wild side in Bali

It might be hot in Bali, but the wardrobe stakes got even hotter!

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I’M back from my little Bali break feeling suitably rested and recharged. I love the heat and I love the tropics and December in Bali is the wet season, which means it was very hot and humid. But then you probably already knew that!

Every day of the year in Bali – or anywhere in the tropics really – the average temperature sits around 32 degrees and the overnight minimum is about 21! Even in the wet season. Having lived in the tropics on two previous occasions (Hong Kong from 1992-94 and Singapore from 2006-2009), one big plus is that you don’t have to think about what to wear each day. Because it’s the same temperature every day of the year.

Tropical climates call for clothes that are lightweight and fuss-free. Pieces you just pull on and go. Shorts, tops and simple little dresses. Nothing that clings and feels tight on the body. In fabrics that breathe and just hang off you. Think linen followed by cotton and silk.

Hot and steamy temperatures also require a lot less of everything as well … less clothing, less food and less activity. Unfortunately, that also means that some people forfeit any semblance of style and decorum in the heat. (In Bali, that means Bintang singlets, braided hair and temporary tattoos!!!)

My Bali capsule travel wardrobe consisted of a pair of black walk shorts and capri pants (which I travelled in – it’s always cold in the airplane cabin), ’50s-style white linen tap shorts, a pair of old denim cut-offs and a denim skirt. I included a grey marle and black T-shirts and a couple of white linen tops, a black cotton dress and a white linen dress. Throw in three pairs of sandals and you have the perfect summer travel wardrobe. If you’re not sure what to pack for a capsule travel wardrobe then read here.

But it wasn’t just the weather pushing up the mercury!  This Zimmermann silk leopard print tunic turned up the heat factor. A great highlight piece to work back with my classic black and white pieces, it was the perfect throw-it-on-and-you’re-out-the-door-kinda dress. Over a swimsuit, shorts or capri pants or dressed up with a belt, heels and earrings for dinner or down with slides as I did here in Bali. This simple little tunic is certain to take you for a walk on the wild side. Just what every woman needs!

Love a little animal in your wardrobe? Planning a short break during the festive season? Or just want to indulge in some sun and surf? Would love to hear from you.  Ever stylishly yours …

 

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