Guest Post by Wendy Wangui
It is no secret that technology, smartphones and social media have changed the way we travel, dress and pretty much how we do almost everything. The norm has become ‘if it is not caught on camera then it did not happen.’ This also comes with the added pressure of striking a balance between looking our best and being comfortable while traveling. Luckily social media offers plenty of opportunities to inspire our inner chic wanderlust.
Safaris are not just trips we go on to see animals and be one with nature, they are also an opportunity to get creative with your style. Like planning around the weather, or appropriate outfits to fit the cultural context, you have to plan your safari outfits too.
I cannot overemphasize dressing for the occasion and when it comes to safari travel; failing to dress accordingly can actually affect your trip (Quote me Hahaha). Most safari travel destinations offer luxury in spades, so you do need a few good outfits to match that ambiance. Don’t waste any space in your luggage with outfits you do not love.
There is no better time to bring out earthy colourways, prints, khaki, cargo and a great hat.
If you are going on a safari and are in complete panic mode about what to wear, do not be. Here are a few easily replicable looks I loved to help you dress for the wild…
1.Silk Print Set
There is no rule against trying to blend in with the animals. Animal print fabric is quite bold and is sure to make you stand out. The silky soft material is great for those long scenic game drives. A comfortable fit without compromising your style. If you are extra like me, pair it with some minimal gold Jewellery and you are set to make a statement.
2. Cargo Set
If you see someone wearing cargo you know they mean business. Nothing screams safari chic than a well-fitting cargo ensemble. Cargo pants are a comfortable and exciting choice to create an unsurpassed outfit. There is a reason why Karen Blixen is wearing cargo all through the movie “Out of Africa.” Pairing cargos with accessories in the same colour definitely pulls the entire look together. A pair of boots whether ankle boots or even Doc Martens are the best way to go.
3. The White Shirt
For a long time, we have been finding ways to make the white shirt more than just an item to wear to the office. A safari is yet another way to unleash your white shirt, trust me there is no better way to brave the heat in the savanna. Take it a notch higher and style the shirt with a printed skirt. Truth be told, you spend most of your time sitting in the car and being driven around so you might as well look pretty while you are at it.
4. The Tracksuit
Of course, like in all other travel, comfort is key. Track suits seem to have stood the test of time in fashion by constantly making a comeback with tons of colours and materials to choose from. Morning game drives tend to start quite early, so it is obviously chilly; the track suit is your one stop shop for comfort and warmth during those chilly mornings. Put on a pair of boots and take this outfit from basic to chic. It is both comfy and fashionable.
5. Dress It Up
There is absolutely no reason to leave your dresses at home. Not only do you get to laze around the camp or glamp ( glamorous camping) all day when you are not out on drives or walks. So do bring sleeveless dresses and accessories like belts to elevate the look and get more wear out of a single dress. Don’t be afraid to bring some wedges to wear to the cosy dinners.
6. The Jumpsuit
It would be criminal of me not to highlight the timeless khaki Jumpsuit. This piece is definitely the poster child for Safari style. One piece and you look like you have it all together. A brown or Jungle green are the best options to opt for. Having it a little cinched at the waist is sure to highlight anyone’s curves. Throw on a pair of Knee-High boots to elevate the look, effortlessly taking it from the streets to the wild.
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- Leather! Yes you read that right
Who said leather can not be taken to the wild? Like seriously who? Because I have never heard of that. Plain leather is great, but a snake print skirt is to die for. Paring it with subtle brown tones will have you looking like a fashion faithful. The coat and the hat add a touch of elegance to this bold look. Be sure to carry your leather pieces with you on your next safari, the pairing possibilities are endless.
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Hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I did. Getting to travel and looking good while doing it is definitely one thing everyone should experience. There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this and especially in a boring outfit. Getting great picture of the scenery and some of yourself makes it all worthwhile. So, go forth and slay your next Safari.
8. The shirt dress
Shirt dresses are always an unsurpassed fit. This particular one comes down almost like a maxi dress (see photo below). A great way to make it pop in the wild is by pairing it with a chunky belt and boots. Keep it neutral to remain bold but still sophisticated.
Wendy Wangui is a Nairobi-based fashion stylist and social media strategist Instagram @wendywangui