Honeymoon wardrobe: Southeast Asian exploring

Travelling to Southeast Asia can, at times, feel like a bit of minefield when it comes to clothes. In most, if not all, of Southeast Asia, women are supposed to keep their shoulders and thighs covered; regardless of whether you agree with it or not, it is important to be respectful and mindful of this while you’re in the region, not least because this will be appreciated by the local people. This can be tricky, however, in the hot weather, so if your wardrobe is crammed full of sleeveless tops, I’d really recommend investing in a lightweight wrap that you can use to cover your shoulders; and do refrain from wearing too-short shorts and skirts. Of course, if you’re on the beach, beachwear is fine, but do remember that once off the sand people may be rather shocked to see you in your bikini.

I’ve focussed today on wardrobe ideas for more of an exploring honeymoon, particularly suited if you’re going to perhaps be travelling around quite a bit or spending some time visiting historic sights like the ancient captial of Ayutthaya in Thailand or amazing Angkor Wat in Cambodia.



Honeymoon wardrobe ideas for Southeast Asia

T-shirt: Topshop (£15); necklace: Dorothy Perkins (£12.50); belt: H&M (£7.99); skirt: French Connection (£40); bracelets: Topshop (£12.50); bag: Topshop (£22); sandals: Dune (£27).

The current trend for maxi skirts and dresses is perfect for a honeymoon in the Far East – choose items that aren’t too clingy so that you’ll feel cool(ish) throughout the day (you can’t completely escape the heat), and focus on comfort first before style. I love this maxi skirt, which looks perfect teamed with a tucked in, slightly loose, cream t-shirt. As the outfit itself is fairly plain, team it with some great accessories – I’ve gone for rather neutral colours here – and a comfy pair of sandals, and don’t forget a decent-sized bag to hold your camera, suntan lotion and guidebook. Also, it’s worth remembering that the sun is so strong that you can get burnt even when it’s overcast – so do make sure you apply suntan lotion throughout the day.

Southeast Asian honeymoon: evening

Dress: French Connection (£51); earrings: Oliver Bonas (£9.50); bangles: Topshop (£8.25); bag: ASOS (£70); sandals: Aldo (£40).

I’m not much of a heel-wearer at the best of times, but the last thing I want to do when I’m in Southeast Asia is slip on a pair of heels – and really, unless you’re staying in a posh hotel, or planning on going to particularly fancy restaurants, you probably won’t find them necessary. I’ve still kept this evening look fairly casual, so that it can be easily dressed up for a night out, but won’t make you feel silly if you’re just sat at a plastic table drinking cold Tiger beers and eating noodles (my favourite kind of Southeast Asian meal). This is a lovely dress – it skims the knee so it’s not too short, yet there’s something a little bit flirty about it – complement it with just a few, understated acccessories, and whether you’re in a busy city or dining on barbecued seafood on the beach, you’ll be set for a great evening.

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