A firm favourite with celebs and a regular feature on The Only Way Is Essex. Marbella is quite literally a hotspot for sun, sea and style. With millions of luxury-loving Brits flocking to the Costa del Sol playground each year, you’ll need to up the fashion stakes if you’re to stand out from the crowd.

If you’re planning to party in Puerto Banus this year, here’s what you should pack. Courtesy of designer footwear retailer Daniel Footwear.

Poolside at Ocean Beach Club

No trip to Marbella is complete without a VIP pool party! Ocean Beach Club is the ultimate pool party, it’s perfect if you want to soak up the sun as you sip champagne out of gorgeous flutes and enjoy the incredible views of the coast. Let the DJs create a chilled vibe for relaxing to during the day. Before cranking up the party atmosphere come evening. Whether you want to chill out with a poolside massage or slip on your dancing shoes, everyone can get a slice of Marbella at this must-visit venue.

In terms of dress code, your standard swimsuit and flip-flops simply won’t cut it; it’s all about the glamour! When it comes to your bikini or swimsuit, either keep it monochrome in all-black or white or create a statement with a bold print. Cut-out detailing and embellishment will help add to your luxe look, while an elegant kaftan is a perfect cover-up.

Your shoes should be equally as glam too. Leave your flip-flops behind and go all-out with a pair of chic wedges. Prefer to wear flats? Choose a glitzy embellished pair to help your look shine. Don’t forget to finish your look with a pair of designer sunglasses and statement jewellery.

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Day glam to night glam

When day turns to night, you’ll need to up the glamour ready for a big night at Marbella’s exclusive cocktail bars and nightclubs. Whether you’re partying under the stars at Pangea’s rooftop terrace. Or dancing the night away at Funky Buddha, it’s important to get your evening look just right.

Chic dresses are a great choice. As they’re effortless and perfect for the Marbella heat. Wear with heels (always heels!) and dramatic eye makeup for a smouldering evening look. Remember, there’s no such thing as going casual for a night out in Marbella. Leave your laid-back shorts and flats behind!

Shopping in Puerto Banus

Whether you need a break from sunbathing or want to take a slice of Marbella style home with you, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Marbella’s designer boutiques. Featuring fashion heavyweights like Hermes, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton. Every shopaholic should find shade in these exclusive stores.

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Don’t compromise on glamour

You may be on the hunt for a new outfit or that must-have accessory. However, it’s important to get your look right before you even hit the shops. As expected, beach – and swimwear – should be left behind in favour of a more appropriate daytime look. A flowing maxi dress, statement necklace and block wedges are ideal for keeping cool without compromising on glamour.

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Whether you’re heading to a pool party, sipping cocktails with friends or enjoying a spot of retail therapy. There are some essentials you can’t be without if you’re heading to Marbella. Make sure you pack these in your case:

  • Designer shades
  • Wedge sandals
  • Statement jewellery
  • Chic kaftan
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Updated for 2019

This Summer in Marbella it’s all about a little bit of the same. Rattan bags are prominent for adding beach bag glam,  whilst luxe swimwear with long-line kaftans adds to that high-end luxury designer vibe. Think cutaway and intricate strap detailing. Statement stacked body chains also channel that Marbs look. Avoid slogan swimwear (this is unless, of course, you’re sporting the ‘Bride Tribe’ for your friend’s last nights of freedom then we’ll allow it.   Whatever you pack, wear it your way. Wear it with style and sass and make sure that the only way is Marbs this Summer.  

Staying a little longer?

If you’re looking to stay in Marbella a little longer, or even make it your home (or home away from home). Alternatively, you may be looking to invest in property to rent over the peak season? Bromley Estates Marbella has a wealth of experience in being Marbella’s Premier Real Estate Agents.


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