If a trip to Hong Kong is on the cards before the sweltering summer heat kicks in, a jam-packed agenda of art, culture, music and culinary delights awaits. You may be in the know about where to enjoy an art-inspired menu following an Art Basel exhibition, have a ticket to the hottest party in town or know what screenings to catch at Hong Kong's 39th International Film Fair, but do you know what to pack for such occasions?
Art gallery musing
With art fairs galore descending on the city including the international exhibitions, talks and presentations of Art Basel, the up and coming talents of Art Central and works from top regional talent as part of the Asia Contemporary Art Show, an afternoon perusing art is a must. Echo your surroundings and channel an art deco mood with your style. A bold patterned or print day dress is effortless yet bold. And with such a statement-making showpiece, keep accessories and shoes minimal, sleek and chic.
Film and theatre going
If a trip to one of the 260 titles being shown for Hong Kong's Film Festival or a cultured evening at the theatre is a date for the diary (stage productions Cats and Pride and Prejudice are both running in March), off duty slacks just won't suffice. The key is subtle sophistication – smart, but without looking too dressy. A pair of new season wide legged culottes and ankle boots teamed with a feminine print blouse should offer the perfect balance of effortless elegance and cosmopolitan cool.
Once the sunsets, it is time to up the glam levels as Hong Kong's style set come out to play. Whether its French food at uber cool Bibo or an art-inspired menu at the Mandarin Oriental's Michelin starred Mandarin Grill + Bar, dinner in this city is an excuse to dress up. Black is a mainstay in Hong Kong, but you will also fit in yet stand out in subtle burgundy and navy hues. Dresses with long sleeves give a demure finish as well as keeping the air conditioning shivers at bay.
Hong Kong is not the place to let your style credentials slip just because you are traipsing around malls and boutiques all day. Bursting with designer stores and unique fashion boutiques, Hong Kong's shopping districts are dressed up to the nines. A beautifully tailored midi skirt with tan wedges is a chic yet comfortable option and team with a lightweight shirt and a colourful carry all handbag for a new season edge.
White trainers may be high fashion these days, but be careful when sightseeing, as they reek of Western tourists. Flats are always the best option when covering lots of ground, but go for comfortable gladiator sandals, loafers or ballet flats. This is your chance to hone a more eclectic vibe, so play with fringing and embellishment and while jeans may be a little hot, lightweight denim is a cool alternative and when worn with lace, cotton and cheesecloth, offers a distinct new season seventies appeal.
Late night Hong Kong is not to be missed and the bustling bar scene is the place to pull out all the style stops. With cooler than cool bars including open-air Above perched on the top of Ovolo Southside Hotel, Little L.A.B in Soho and Le Dôme de Cristal (the first Cristal bar in the world), don't be afraid of a little glamour. A jumpsuit is a slick alternative to a dress and with both al fresco and air conditioning to contend with, an evening worthy pashmina or blazer is a worthwhile investment.
Don't leave home without...
• Designer sunglasses for sun shading and style heightening
• Comfortable flats for walking the city streets
• Killer heels for evening elegance
• A pashmina to keep the air conditioning chill at bay
• Something black if you want to slip in unnoticed