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What to pack for a spa weekend

You will need more than just the ubiquitous robe and slippers to get the most out of a spa retreat...

by 22 January 2016

While the idea is that you will be in a robe and slippers for the majority of any spa retreat, other clothes are required to maximise the pre and post spa pampering. And just because you’re in the midst of rural bliss, it doesn’t mean an Instagram-worthy wardrobe should be left at home. Whether you’re opting for some female only gal-pal time or being whisked away by your prince charming, here is the LUXOS guide of what to wear for a prepped and polished wardrobe for every leg of your pamper marathon...

Your arrival

weekendFrom bottom left: shoes: Aquazzura, wide leg trousers: Valentino, white t-shirt: Michael by Michael Kors, bag: Eddie Harrop exclusively at Net-a-porter.com, model: Tory Burch

This is your opportunity to show off in the sartorial department, ahead of stripping off the layers and peeling back the facemasks. Keep your look luxe and louche, so wide legged pants and a fine knit top, pattern-rich shirt dresses and of course flats will make a stylish but subtly chic entrance. Ditch the heels when it comes to the spa and make sure you are flaunting a fab carryall weekend bag.

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A super flattering swimsuit

swimsuitfrom left: swimsuit: Zimmermann, dress: Lisa Marie Fernandez, bag: Saint Laurent, sandals: Chloé

The spa will more than often provide a robe and slippers (but by all means bring your own cover up and footwear), and unless you are happy to go bare or in your undies, a swimsuit is the ideal under garment pre and post treatment. It is also a pre-requisite for after treatment activities – for those toning laps of the pool, soaking in the Jacuzzi or joining fellow detoxers in the sauna or steam room. Keep things simple in a perfectly cut and flattering neutral black or navy, or bring some flair to the proceedings with a print or patterned number.

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Gym gear

gymfrom left: sweater: Nike, bra: Live the Process, top: Lucas Hugh, leggings: Bodyism, trainers: Nike

Not everyone’s idea of a weekend at the spa includes upping your heart rate, but if you are checking in for a full body blitz complete with workout sessions, then stylish gym gear is essential.

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Post-treatment lounging

loungingFrom left: track pants: The Elder Statesmen, t-shirt: Frame Denim, cardigan: James Perse, shoes: Pierre Hardy, model: Zadig & Voltaire

Kicking back on a chaise longue with a cup of herbal tea or losing yourself in a novel is all part of the pampering agenda and while you can lounge in your robe, for a more personal style, change into loose pyjama style pants or joggers, a luxe tee and a super-soft cashmere sweater, cape or cardigan for when the temperature dips.

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Evening elegance

eveningFrom left: model: Stella McCartney, bag: Valentino, jumpsuit: Lanvin, shoes: Jimmy Choo

Once the day’s rituals are complete, and your table awaits, again, there is no need to pimp yourself up and lather yourself in make-up, but if you enjoying dressing up, this is the ideal opportunity to wear something other than just the day-to-day casuals. Shirt dresses, midi skirts and blouses, jersey or silk jumpsuits, and again wide legged pants and silky blouses all achieve the perfect balance of smart and casual. Ballerinas, flat mules and even ankle boots, are both practical and stylish, and don’t be afraid of throwing on some subtle accessories and swapping the carryall tote for a delicate clutch.