The great and good of Bollywood and Hollywood may have fled their city piles for a well-earned (or less so in some cases, but who am I to judge?) break. The celebs may be in super yachts and boutique islands enjoying the tropical high life. Those of us plebs may not have the super yachts, private planes and friends who own islands of the A-list and 1 per cent, but that needn’t stop us from holidaying like them. These rules will make sure you don’t put a foot wrong – which, incidentally, should be bare of polish: bare nails are the new mani-pedis, which will cut down on your holiday prep...
1. #GeneBragging is the new #SquadGoals
It’s no longer about holidaying with a posse of body-beautiful friends (all in coordinating outfits) and Instagramming the living daylights out of each other; this year, it’s all about the #GeneBrag. For this one, you’ll need a stylish mum (or daughter) and an aspirational-but-relatable backdrop for this showcase of your win in the genetic lottery: see Holly Willoughby’s beach snap of her 71-year-old mum Linda in her swimsuit with the hashtags #glammam #glamgran, and Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson exploring cobbled Italian streets fresh from a 37k cycle – extra points for the matching panamas. And on that note...
2. Panama hats are the new XXL floppy brims
Practicality and fashionability don’t always, or even often, go hand in hand. Case in point: Jacquemus’s uber-wide-brimmed floppy beach hats, shown on the catwalks for S/S18 and roughly the size of a parasol. August last year, every wannabe influencer was posing for pictures in a knock-off. Thankfully, the hat de la saison is a panama or fedora of normal proportions, that will not only shade your face but also fit in your suitcase (well-stuffed to keep its shape). Early adopters – as well as Goldie, Kate and Linda Willoughby – include Gwyneth Paltrow, Linda Evangelista (on a horseback trek through the Wasatch mountains, no less) and Eva Longoria.
3. Wet wipes family packs are the new turning left
The latest status travel accessory, as loved by no less exacting a person than Naomi Campbell, can be yours for less than a fiver. While you won’t find her flying economy, you too can get the A-list travel experience with just a pack of wipes. A five-minute video of the supermodel donning a pair of plastic gloves and wet-wiping her plane seat, screen, remote and tray-table has accrued nearly 1.3 million views on YouTube. Those baulking at the environmental impact of disposable wipes can decant some eco-friendly sanitiser into a flight-sized atomiser and get to work with a flannel instead.
4. Pearls are the new puka shells
The best beach jewellery – yes, that is A Real Thing – is crafted from sea-bed treasures that you might have sourced while free-diving or found washed up on the shore of your island paradise. Last year that meant puka shells, sometimes studded with diamonds or cast in solid gold. This year’s adornment of choice is the pearl.
5. Shadow selfies are the new bikini selfies
There was a time when the best way to show off your thigh gap (no, me neither) was with an artful snap looking down the sun lounger towards the water, perhaps with a worthy beach-read just visible. But since the “hot dogs or legs” question was raised, those wanting to show off hours spent in the gym have had to get a bit more creative. Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Elle Macpherson have cracked it – now you just need to decorate your patch of sand (complement that book with a reusable water bottle and snazzy beach bag) and spend 15 minutes finding the right camera angle.
6. Rubber rings are the new inflatable unicorns
Novelty blow-ups say Love Island, hen dos and all-inclusive package holidays. Instead, make like the Beckhams and hit the water park (the new farmers’ market?) with a jumbo doughnut big enough for the whole family – minus Victoria, who wisely opted out of the group slide.
The Daily Telegraph