If I may, Filipinos love traveling as much as they love food! Investing in essential travel outfits means that your wardrobe never goes out of style and you can easily mix and match! Here are essential travel outfits and accessories that every Filipinas should have when exploring the country.
- 1. A classic white shirt
- 2. Cropped tank tops
- 3. High-waisted denim shorts
- 4. Linen coords
- 5. A midi sundress
- 6. Cotton trousers
- 7. Patterned wide-leg pants
- 8. A chic maxi dress
- 9. A flowy ruffle dress
- 10. Chunky white sneakers
- 11. Monochromatic swimwear
- 12. A pair of comfy sandals
- 13. Native beach bag
- 14. Bucket hat
- 15. Round shades
1. A classic white shirt
A plain white shirt is one of the most essential clothing pieces to have in your wardrobe. It’s timeless and oh so versatile, since you can dress it up or down. Pack a white shirt on your luggage and easily mix and match it with a bottom of your choice. Or simply pair it with a high-waisted denim shorts for a lazy yet chic look.
The key to buying a white shirt is choosing one with good-quality cotton fabric and comfortable to your skin.
Buy a white shirt from Fruit of the Loom.
2. Cropped tank tops
A cropped tank top is another versatile clothing that you can use during travels. Also, it’s tiny and easy to pack in your backpack or suitcase! Pair it with shorts or denim pants for a casual look or with a pair of yoga pants or high-waisted skirt for a more breezy, laid-back feel.
Do yourself a favor and get cropped tanks in different colors!
Buy cropped tank tops.
3. High-waisted denim shorts
If there’s anything good that has come out of pandemic, it’s the comeback of high-waisted denim shorts. A good pair will hug your curves right and is flexible enough to move with you as you explore different places. Wear them during mall visits, coffee dates, or as a basic piece while on tours.
4. Linen coords
Thank God for coords! Now you won’t have to spend hours deciding an outfit. A linen top and shorts set is an essential item for the summer. It’s breathable, comfortable, and and looks perfect for that OOTD shot!
Buy linen coords.
5. A midi sundress
A midi sundress is perfect for hot summers, especially for beach outings. Wear it with a pair of sandals, sunglass, and chic accessories for an effortless summer look. Another thing that we like about a midi sundress is that it’s perfect for all body types! Whether you’re petite, large, or have large breasts, this type of dress is designed to fit your body.
Buy a midi sundress.
6. Cotton trousers
When you’re in a tropical country such as the Philippines, cotton pieces are a must-have. A pair of cotton trousers is comfortable to wear and looks stylish and effortless. Wear it while strolling in the city or while exploring coastal towns. You can also use it for chilly nights when visiting locations such as Tagaytay or Baguio.
Buy cotton trousers.
7. Patterned wide-leg pants
Chase the sun with a pair of pattered wide-leg pants. It can easily be paired with white tops and is airy, light, and comfortable — everything that you need for traveling around a hot country such as the Philippines.
8. A chic maxi dress
The great thing about a maxi dress is that it can be dressed up or down. Wear it plain while on a beach trip or accessorize it with pearls for a fancy dinner or other occasions when you need to dress a little classier.
9. A flowy ruffle dress
Show off your feminine style with a flowy ruffled-hem dress paired with a sling bag. This look is chic and effortless. What’s more, this type of dress is easy to fit in your luggage.
Buy a ruffle dress.
10. Chunky white sneakers
A pair of white sneakers can blend seamless in different outfit styles — whether it’s a simple shirt and shorts/pants casual look, with a dainty dress, or an all-white outfit. It’s important to choose a pair that’s durable and comfortable for walking since you’ll probably use this a lot!
11. Monochromatic swimwear
A monochromatic swimwear never goes out of style and is perfect for minimalists! Flaunt your body in one- or two-piece swimsuits in white, black, and neutral colors.
Buy monochromatic swimwear from Dear Sea.
12. A pair of comfy sandals
Sandals are a godsent. They are comfortable on the feet so you can walk around without hurting your soles and they are easy to wear outdoors especially in places where your feet might get wet. They also pairs well with essential summer clothing such as shorts, leggings, and dresses.
13. Native beach bag
If you’re headed to the beach, you need to have a bag to carry your essentials including sunscreen lotions, sunglasses, and more. A beach bag made of native materials such as abaca or rattan is stylish and has that lovely vintage charm — not to mention that you’ll also be supporting the abaca makers in the country!
Buy a native bag.
14. Bucket hat
A bucket hat is a must-have to protect yourself from sunrays. It also works for different outfits! Choose a white bucket hat for a simple and casual work or go for something colorful to splash up a plain outfit. For beach lovers, a beach bucket hat is the perfect addition to a sundress and slide sandals for a stylish, vintage look.
15. Round shades
Round shades are a favorite among Hollywood celebs, and it’s a must-have in a tropical country too! Buy a fashionable set of these to protect yourself from harsh sunlight, look classy while sunbathing in the beach, or simply to feel comfortable while lying on a floater in a pool.
What other essential travel outfits do you bring when you travel? Let us know in the comment section below!
Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).