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Q&A: What to Wear on Vacation in Southeast Asia

Q: I’m going to Southeast Asia for a month in September, and I know that I have to wear long trousers and if possible long shirts because of mosquitoes and the danger of malaria.  I fear that with wearing long linen trousers and blouses I look either old (I’m 21) or like the stereotype tourist. Do you have suggestions for a fun and fashionable travel wardrobe for a Month in Southeast Asia?

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Fitted Tie Neck Shirtby Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: I checked with a friend of mine in Hong Kong and she said that the heat and the bugs are horrendous.  She tackles this situation by wearing sun dresses and covering herself in deet. 

I do think that when you are young, linen can be unflattering, as it loses shape quickly and can make you look baggy.  If you don’t find linen pieces that you like, I would recommend looking for clothes in cotton modal fabric. Cotton modal is wrinkle resistant and it’s also more form fitting.  It’s a tradeoff of course–in the heat, form fitting clothes may not be as comfortable as looser fitting garments, but they’ll also generally be more flattering.

Personally, I think in very high heat nothing will be all that comfortable, so you may as well go for what looks best.  But as you pack, make sure you include, at a minimum:

Tie Shoulder DressDresses: Dresses are going to be cooler, and you can stay covered up with longer styles.
Blouses: Look for long sleeved shirts in lightweight fabrics.
Layering Tees: Again, lightweight fabrics are going to be your best bet.
Long Trousers: Natural fabrics like linen or cotton are going to be best.
Lightweight Sweaters: It’s going to be hot, but you can stay keep yourself covered up with a light sweater in a loose weave.

How to put your outfits together?  You may be inspired by the actress Jane March in the movie The Lover.  In this movie, the young woman exudes youth and sex appeal wearing a simple sleeveless black linen dress with a belt, kitten heel pumps and a man’s hat.

Final style tips?  When you’re traveling in Southeast Asia, my number one tip would be to buy super strong bug repellent.  Bug repellent will allow you more flexibility in choosing your clothes (so you won’t be limited to long sleeved blouses and long linen trousers).  My second tip would be to underpack rather than overpack.  You’re bound to find great (and weather appropriate) clothes while you’re traveling through Southeast Asia.

Fitted Tie Neck Shirt | $48 at Gap and Tie Shoulder Dress | $54.99 (sale) at Gap.

Have a great tip about what to wear for a trip to Southeast Asia? Share it with us in the comments!

7 comments July 24th, 2008

Eagle Pique Polo Shirts

Eagle Pique Polo Shirts

We’re all for men in bold colors, so we’re loving American Eagle’s selection of pique polo shirts. Pick one up in bright yellow–or grass green. Another great option? Blood orange.

$24.50  at American Eagle.

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Designer Spotlight: GAP Men

Our first designer spotlight highlighted an up-and-coming designer, Engineered Garments.  This time around, we explore a company that has been around for awhile but has been rejuvenated by new designer.  Patrick Robinson, who has worked at labels ranging from Armani to Target, is turning the GAP around.  The GAP used to be that default store for shirts, chinos, and sweaters.  But the GAP seems to have lost its swagger in recent memory.  Is it back? Time will tell, but if Mr. Robinson keeps producing pieces like these, it just may.  

The GAP Original Khaki
The GAP Original Khaki | $44.50 at Gap

The first thing I notice about these khakis is the great fit.  Mr. Robinson has created garments that fit so much better than they have in recent years.  Slim, but not Ramones-skinny, these khakis are what you want; they’re trim but comfortable.  I like them in “chino cedar.”  And, in fashion right now is a short, soft break, such that the pants lie at the top of your shoe.  It’s a casual look to be sure, so don’t wear it to the office on casual Friday unless your name is Thom Browne.

The Leather Bomber
The Leather Bomber | $298 at Gap

Again, fit, fit fit.  The slim fit is what makes this leather bomber jacket so stylish.  Wear it as they do in Milan: slightly snug with a thin layer underneath.  

Striped Pocket T
Striped Pocket T | $19.50 at Gap

Bold stripes and a pocket. I love it.

Herringbone Blazer
Herringbone Blazer | $88 at Gap

Unstructured blazers are the epitome of that dressy casual realm of style.  This two button navy piece is quite rakish, and I love the shirt it’s paired it with too (which, with its bold horizontal stripes, is very much in fashion right now).  Check out the jacket details too. The herringbone pattern gives it something extra.

Flat Front Shorts
Flat Front Shorts | $24.99 (sale) at Gap

It seems Mr. Robinson’s most noticeable effect so far is the slimmer fit of the clothes.  All the pieces suggested are closer to the body than you may be used to with GAP clothes.  These shorts are no exception.  Slim, cool, above the knee, and in a very summer shade of khaki—just how we like it.

Style Tip: GAP seems to be following in J. Crew and H&M’s footsteps by hiring a high-end designer to create a line for the label at a lower price point.  Unfortunately, none of the Pierre Hardy for GAP boots are available online yet, but be sure to check back for them.  The quality and design of Pierre Hardy at a lower price point is a great value.

3 comments July 23rd, 2008

Double Pearl Bracelet

Double Pearl Bracelet

What to wear with your perfectly preppy fall clothes? This double strand faux pearl bracelet. We’re loving the ribbon bow detail.

$5.80  at Forever 21.

4 comments July 23rd, 2008

Ready Made Outfit: Open Neckline for a Large Bust

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Yeah, we know that open necklines for a large bust aren’t anything new.  But there’s a reason why fashion magazines, fashion columns, and fashion blogs keep emphasizing them: they work!

Our favorite type of open neckline is the wrap neckline.  Not only does a wrap neckline work on almost any figure type, but the wrap silhouette makes your waistline appear smaller.  And for women with a large bust, this cinched in waist emphasizes your beautiful hourglass figure. 

How do you accessorize a patterned wrap dress?  By keeping it simple.  The general rule of thumb is the busier the pattern of your dress, the simpler your accessories should be.  Here, we’ve kept things fresh with a coordinated (and yet not matchy-matchy) set of earrings and a necklace, a structured tote that’s at once casual and sophisticated, and a bright pair of orange flats that complement the blues of the dress.

Have a great tip about how to flatter a large bust?
  Share it with us in the comments!

8 comments July 22nd, 2008

Vintage Inspired Stripe V-Neck Tees

Vintage Inspired Stripe V-Neck Tees

Perfect for pairing with a pair of knee-length shorts or cargo pants, these vintage inspired striped tees are as chic as they are cheap!

$5.99  (sale) at Old Navy.

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Omiru Poll Result: No to Giant Jewelry

Omiru Poll Result: No to Giant Jewelry

Rippled Antique CuffWe asked: Would you wear Giant Jewelry?

You said:  Probably Not.  A slight majority (57% of you) wouldn’t wear Giant Jewelry.

Style tip?  If you’re going to wear Giant Jewelry, be aware of your own proportions.  If you’re tiny, you’ll have to take extra care so that your jewelry doesn’t overwhelm your figure.  Giant, chunky necklaces are on-trend, but oversized bracelets (like the cuff shown) are going to be easier to wear.  Last tip?  Make your Giant Jewelry the centerpiece of your outfit by displaying it on a plain canvas of simple silhouettes.

Next question: Espadrilles are a classic summer shoe, but this year, Gladiator Sandals are taking center stage.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear Gladiator Sandals?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured:  Rippled Antique Cuff | $6.80 at Forever 21.

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Pleated Tissue Camisole

Pleated Tissue Camisole

We’re loving the playful, swingy look of this pleated camisole. Pair it with trouser pants or a printed skirt for a crisp, clean look.

$14.99  (sale) at J Crew.

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Ready Made Outfit: Ageless Summer Style

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Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, or 50s, you can enjoy this summer outfit–the perfect getup for Sunday brunch, strolling on the boardwalk, or shopping with the girls.  Why does it work for everybody?

Simple Shapes
The tunic is the epitome of summer style.  What makes this tunic special is the semi-fitted shape and the ever-so-slight flared sleeves.  Cropped pants work for those with long, lean legs.  For the rest of us, try knee-length shorts or a breezy pair of full-length pants.

Classic with a Twist Styles

A tunic is classic, but the eyecatching green and white print gives it a special twist.  Similarly, the simple handbag has an extra kick because of the burnt orange color.

Should you want to make this outfit a little more trendy, try substituting the white espadrilles with a jeweled sandal or an edgier gladiator sandal.  

For a more casual look, swap out the burnt orange handbag with a straw or canvas tote bag and the bracelet for a natural wood cuff.

What’s your summer go-to outfit?
  Share it with us in the comments!

5 comments July 18th, 2008

Boyfriend Cardigan

Boyfriend Cardigan

This versatile sweater works with just about any outfit. Want an easy, chic look? Pair this oversized cardigan with a graphic print dress and a wide belt slung on the waist.

$29.50  at Old Navy.

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