ST. BARTHS – THE QUINTESSENTIAL JETSETTER’S PACKING LIST
The jetset has enjoyed the pristine beaches, crystal waters and world-class social scene scene of St. Barths for years – and raises the fashion stakes higher every season.
St. Barths requires a multitude of garments and accessories that will take you from relaxed days to decadent evening affairs – mostly in gorgeous alfresco settings.
To help you achieve the look, and stand out from the crowd, we’ve put together our style recommendations for the ultimate holiday getaway that will have you achieving effortless chic while keeping your cool.
DAY + WEAR
Light, loose and luxurious – remember these three elements to remember when packing for a summer getaway and you’ll achieve effortless chic in minutes. For her – a short, feminine white dress from Olivia Palermo for days spent perusing the island’s boutiques and taking in a late alfresco lunch. Gentlemen can make a bold statement by stepping away from the traditional nautical colors, and team some bold patterned shorts with a relaxed fit shirt from Ralph Lauren. Roll the sleeves back to achieve the carefully rumpled jetsetter look.
BEACH + WEAR
The beaches in St. Barths aren’t your ordinary sand and towel affair. Frequented by the rich and famous, the fashion stakes are high – even on the stretches of pure white sand on this beautiful island. Forget the neutral palette and splash the scenery with some color. A stunning, yet comfortable beach cover-up is a no-go item. Gents should follow suite and indulge in some slim-cut swimwear that shows some personality – step out of your comfort zone and have some fun!
Cia Martima Swimwear Collection Credit Supermodel Beach & Bikini House Cristiano Ronaldo in DSquared Swim Shorts Credit Daily Mail
NIGHT + WEAR
The nightlife on St. Barths is world class – you’re likely to be rubbing shoulders with big names and even bigger personalities and whether enjoying exquisite alfresco dining or dancing the night away so you’ll need a few ultra glamorous options.
The decadent surroundings call for luxury materials that move with you – such as this perfectly fitted white gown from Tom Ford, which reveals an enticing hint of golden skin with its jaw dropping cut. For cocktails and dancing under the stars, an elegantly flirtatious look can be achieved with a shorter cocktail dress – Balmain’s collection gives a nautical feel using rope to create texture.
Sliding your feet into comfortable yet classic canvas shoes is a luxury when on a beach holiday. Loafers and espadrilles are perfect for strolling the streets or slipping off when sailing – and come in a range of bright colors to liven up your nautical island wardrobe. Ladies can follow the trend – pretty options with ankle ties add elegance to a casual ensemble.
A gentleman never leaves home without a classic timepiece, and although St. Barths affords an element of ‘island-time’ it is no exception to the rule. Select a rugged yet element wristwatch that will complement evening attire, and still work well with a summer-casual outfit.
Always an essential, gents would be well advised to invest in at least one designer pair of sunglasses for a trip to St. Barths. Days sailing and evening sundowner cocktails call for a stylish pair that will live up to any and every occasion.