Holiday Packing Panic? What to Wear to 2017's Hottest Travel Destinations

If you've been anywhere near Instagram lately, chances are you've seen highly stylised pictures of custard tarts in Lisbon and infinity pools surrounded by a jungle in Bali. The fashion set has descended on a number of 2017's key travel hot spots, from Cuba to Greece and back again, giving us plenty of style inspiration for our next big trip.

Thanks to Lucy Williams, Aimee Song and many other influencers who catch flights as if they are London's Central Line, we have an idea of the outfits that will work best in situ ahead of our own holidays. And so we have done a recce trip (via social media, of course) to pull together a guide to what to wear in six of the most buzzed-about destinations this summer.

Want to know what to wear on holiday, or just want to ogle some dreamy pics? See our by-location shopping guide below.

The Greek Islands

Mykonos has been hailed the new Ibiza, and the look has a similarly laid-back vibe, with the most stylish islanders wearing linen smocks with embroidery and tassels. Those really looking for Instagram likes when island-hopping in Greece will dress using a blue-and-white palette to match the backdrop. Clever sticks.

Style Notes: Pandora Sykes's Zimmermann Eden Cut Out Dress (£410) was perfect for a day's beach action in Mykonos.

Holiday Dressing: Lucy Williams in Greece



Style Notes: Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now did our favourite new trick—the pony-scarf—in Hydra.

Style Notes: Harley Viera-Newton knows where it's at—you cannot go wrong with a white dress (hers is Michael Kors) and a delicious ice cream.

Ancient Greeks are your one essential piece.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has arguably been the destination of the past few years, and for a weekend trip here you’ll need lightweight linens, throw-on day dresses, T-shirts for touring and flat shoes, which mean you can walk up and down the cobbled hills.

Style Notes: Five Five Fabulous blogger Reem Kanj has the simple but effective fashion tools required for sightseeting—a crossbody bag is essential.

Style Notes: Lucy's Lisbon look was stripped back and understated: centring around some perfect-fit shorts.

This lightweight linen Mango dress is perfect for the city heat.

Bali, Indonesia

Tropical prints for the beach, loose dresses to help you breeze through the humidity and respectful cover-ups for visiting the many temples. Bring your leggings for sunrise yoga—even if you're not much of a yogi, you're going to want to give it a go at least once when you're here.

Holiday Dressing: Jessica Stein in Bali



Style Notes: Tuula Vintage's Jessica Stein updates classic denim shorts with an artisanal blouse.

Style Notes: Wear light breezy summer dresses to keep you cool in the humidity.

The tropical print would look amazing with a pair of denim shorts.

The French Riviera

Whether you're staying in the Hotel du Cap or not, the Riviera is all about the chic day looks we are used to seeing at the Cannes Film Festival. Think a Jane Birkin–esque straw bag, a white elegant boater, floaty day dresses and as many Breton stripes as possible.

Holiday Dressing: Aimee Song in Cannes



Style Notes: Aimee Song of Song of Style proves that it's totally okay to wear a fancy frock in the middle of the day in Cannes.

Holiday Dressing: ChrselleLim in Cannes



Style Notes: A bohemian dress can work on this coast—just add chic straw accessories.

We love this fun update on a classic Jane Birkin bag.


Whether you're going to New York or Nashville—or like a true Instagram pro, doing a road trip all over the states—you will want to have a number of key denim pieces including miniskirts, dungarees and denim jackets. While you don't want to look like you're dressing only to the Americana theme, take some style cues from what the stars wore on the Fourth of July, and pack a gingham Solid & Striped one-piece and playful emoji-printed accessories.

Style Notes: The Blonde Salad's Chiara Ferragni hit L.A. in an ensemble reminiscent of '90s high school movies, so dig out those dungarees if you're going stateside.

Style Notes: Man Repeller's Leandra Medine definitely went with the red, white and blue memo—and made it look mighty chic.

Make like Taylor Swift, with a Solid and Striped patriotic swimsuit.

Havana, Cuba

Cuba has been touted as the one must-visit-now-before-it-changes destinations—not to mention the fact that Chanel decamped there for a show recently. Pack crochet beach pieces and brightly coloured prints to match the rainbow of vintage cars lining the streets.

Style Notes: Peace Love Shea's Shea Maria has found the ultimate retro-look minidress to take on every holiday, especially one with these vintage-y backdrops.

Style Notes: Fashion influencer Shiona Turini played up the red-hot heat of Havana in this ruffled Proenza Schouler skirt.

We love the rainbow-coloured pom-poms on this dress.

For more holiday essentials, see our guide to the best bikini websites.

Opening Image: Song of Style

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