I remember when I first went to India, I completely packed the wrong clothes and ended up really suffering in the heat, wearing a heavy t shirt (the only one I brought with me that wasn’t a strappy vest) and a strapless jumpsuit I had to roll down into trousers because the rest of my clothes consisted of shorts, skirts and dresses. Just a classic example of me in India, sweating big time with my only tee and jumpsuit on, in 2011!

After visiting a country where you have to dress modestly because of its Muslim culture, i.e. have your shoulders and legs covered up I knew that when I visited the Maldives, I was going to have to hunt down not only appropriate clothing, but clothing that actually looked half decent that was really light weight and could actually look OK for the blog and basically yes, Instagram too! Going around the world meant that I was going to be exposed to a lot of amazing places but would photos look OK if I was wearing rubbish clothes that I didn’t even like? Hell no.

I also had to bear in mind that because I also have SIBO, a condition which turns my stomach into an 8 months looking pregnant woman as the day goes on, I’d have to buy clothes that would fit me no matter how big my stomach got during the day. Since I got SIBO over two years ago, I’ve had to really watch what I wear each day as having a swollen stomach and wearing tight clothes just don’t go hand in hand.

I spent about two months popping into my favourite shops in Sydney every week and I think I finally came up with the goods. So, if you’re heading to India or Maldives or anywhere where shorts and strappy tops are off the agenda and you have no idea what clothes to bring with you, look no further because here’s what to wear on the local islands in Maldives or in India.

It’s funny because I rarely saw any tourist dress appropriately in Maldives and I always wondered if they just weren’t aware or whether they just didn’t care.

Standard Russian family looking like they’ve just come from a resort in Spain, not a local island in Maldives.

I do know that it’s highly offensive to dress with your legs and shoulders out for both men and women but here’s what I wore when I went to visit the local islands in Maldives.Billabong dress perfect for the heat and all covered up!

I found this Billabong dress in the sale just before I left Australia. It’s actually perfect because it’s very lightweight, looks half decent and it buttons all the way down meaning I could wear it as a jacket as well like below. It was a bit on the low side but I wore a head scarf in the attempt to hide some of the neckline although you can’t see it in this shot.

Billabong dress worn as a jacket, and Sportsgirl skirt.

This Sportsgirl skirt has been absolutely perfect because it’s got an expandable waist, is below the knee, has pockets which has been so useful and it actually photographs well as you need some good swishy skirts to get a good shot in Maldives.Speaking of swishy skirts, this one I got from H&M was absolutely perfect for shooting on the sand banks! It’s light but I probably wouldn’t have brought something like this for my around the world trip as it’s got a fair bit of material. I only wore the striped top once in Maldives on the sandbank trip because we weren’t on the local island so I could cover up with a scarf until we took this shot. The skirt did photograph well on the sand bank though!

Talking about scarfs, if you want to wear a strappy top, I just wore this very lightweight scarf I found in JeansWest to make sure I had my shoulders covered.I also brought a kimono with me from Sportsgirl. It’s lightweight, has a beautiful design and long enough to cover your legs when worn with shorts.Kimono from Sportsgirl

Bringing a red dress with you to Maldives is a given. The colour really makes the ocean pop and I was over the moon when I found this lightweight wrap dress from Sportsgirl. It’s also a great length too and doesn’t quite hit the floor so I knew it wouldn’t get ruined by any dirty or dusty grounds. And lastly, it was also SIBO friendly and my go to dress for any places we were heading to around the world which needed a dressy dress.Red wrap dress from Sportsgirl

I also found a similar black and white spot wrap dress from H&M which is so light weight and covers everything needed. It also photographs well, especially on those sandbanks as it has a gorgeous floaty feel to it and you can flash a bit of leg for pictures too!

Finding light weight trousers was my next mission and it took ages. Thankfully Topshop came up with the goods. Topshop tend to be my go to as they do some great light weight pieces, perfect for the heat. I found these high waisted trousers that again cut off at the ankles meaning they wouldn’t get ruined from scuffing the ground.

I also spent ages trying to find the right t-shirts as well and Topshop certainly had the right light weight ones I was looking for. I bought one in pink and one in black.Here’s the tee in black which I’ve worn with a dress that I just rolled the top bit down so it can be worn as a skirt. I made sure I bought a few versatile items perfect to wear in various ways. If you’re visiting a resort then you can wear anything. We visited a resort in Maldives for a day and obviously I made sure I wore red to make the colour pop.Other things I’d recommend bringing with you to Maldives is a decent sun hat because it’s very hot here and some head scarfs so you don’t need to worry about your hair! I even brought a small pocket umbrella not because I thought it might rain, but because it would protect me from the sun. I remember it being so hot in India, I just didn’t cope too well with it.Lastly bring a drone and a floatie to get some unreal shots. A drone is a must have when visiting the Maldives!With our Sunny Life floatie!Being able to use a drone really makes you see how amazing the Maldives really is!

I also chopped off my hair and bleached it before I left Sydney which has been the best thing I could have done. I now don’t have to battle with the humidity and spend a good twenty minutes trying to maintain it everyday and instead I can just leave it for days without having to wash it. I just bought some bleach with me and every two weeks I spend about two hours in total bleaching the roots. Steve has a shaver so I can just tidy it up when needed. It’s honestly been a life saver for me!

Also, I didn’t wear make up once on the local islands in Maldives because it was too hot and it wasn’t the kinda place you needed to dress up for. My skin loved me for giving it a break too!

Hope that’s been able to help any of you going to the Maldives or India or any other hot countries where it’s a bit tricky in finding the right clothes to wear.

Thanks for reading!