Upon deciding to take a summer holiday, the first question after booking is usually: “What do I wear?”
And when the destination in question is the party-loving island of Ibiza, this question is immediately followed by: “How do I stand out?” Dressing to impress in this extrovert’s paradise takes some planning, but a few key staples, can make all the difference.
Having dropped off the essentials at your luxury Ibiza villa, the first port of call will usually be one of the island’s alluring beaches: Cala Jondal is a popular choice, or perhaps you’ll opt for Las Salines for a refreshing cocktail, or Cala Gracionetta for a glass of rosé. Either way people watching will undoubtedly be the afternoon’s form of recreation. Ensure you are the one to watch with a chic cut-out swimsuit (black is a classic option), or be bold in a tongue-in-cheek Orlebar Brown number. If you’re feeling more daring, a brightly coloured crochet bikini will mark you as someone in touch with the hippy-pulse of Ibiza.
If you’re feeling more daring, a brightly colored crochet bikini will mark you as someone in touch with the hippy-pulse of Ibiza. Kiini is a fantastic resource for all bikini-related needs. Top either one with a light Kaftan or some cut off denim shorts for an easy day/night option; add some designer sunglasses and sandals from in-the-know Swedish Hasbeens and you’re good to go.
During your trip you will have your pick of the parties from Ibiza’s celebrated range of clubs – from Ocean Beach to Nikki Beach and Ushuaia – but for the most exclusive party of all, round up your friends and dance until dawn at your own Ibiza villa rental. Similar style rules for the beach apply here too – much of the day will be spent in swimwear, but you’ll want an elegant evening number to reflect the sophisticated setting in which you watch the stars come out. As the day draws to a close, swimwear can be swapped for leg-lengthening, yet comfortable wedges, teamed with a playful, thigh-slimming sundress, or cut-offs and a body. If you’d rather stand out by going against the grain and wearing more, a scarlet jumpsuit is a comfortable and suitably stylish option.
Some could argue that cocktail hour is the best time to shine in Ibiza. You have the benefit of the beach-induced wavy hair from being in the sea or pool all day, as well as a sunkissed glow. Dancing has not yet commenced so make-up, for the most part, can stay put. The only concern is your outfit and where to go. This time of evening is all about the sunset in Ibiza; that multi-hued, awe-inspiring pastel sky, which is invariably accompanied by music and cocktails, is the ultimate start to the evening. Whether you’re heading to
Whether you’re heading to Sunset Ashram in Cala Conta, or the eternal classic, Café del Mar, for a relaxed environment, or Café Mambo for DJ’s and music late into the night, this is the time to pull out all the stops. Ibiza often calls for glamorous dress, so it is essential to pull out a classy jumpsuit or a show-stopping maxi dress from your suitcase. Shop at & Other Stories or Self Portrait for some beautiful, unusual options. Pair it with some minimalist, metallic flatforms or a delicate flat sandal.
After cocktail hour, Ibiza truly comes into its own. DC10 is reputed to have the best sundown parties, but there are also the big clubs to consider such as Pacha, Space, Amnesia and USHUAIA. The most important consideration when choosing your party ensemble is that you will be dancing until the early hours of the morning, if not well into the next day. Flats, comfy platforms or elegant sandals are all good options when comfort is of the essence; this also holds true when it comes to clothing. Wear a crop top or body suit in a bright colour or print with a chiffon skirt or high-waisted shorts, sticking to clean lines and breathable fabric to enjoy your night while also standing out. You could even opt for a low back, chiffon or silk dress to allow movement while staying cool. Top off the look with a slick of red lipstick and a coat of mascara and Ibiza is yours for the taking!
Wear a crop top or body suit in a bright colour or print with a chiffon skirt or high-waisted shorts, sticking to clean lines and breathable fabric to enjoy your night while also standing out. You could even opt for a low back, chiffon or silk dress to allow movement while staying cool. Top off the look with a slick of red lipstick and a coat of mascara and Ibiza is yours for the taking!