Before I go, though, I sat down with Carla of NomadStyle one more time to get the inside scoop on what to pack. Here’s what she had to say!
1. Even though Qatar is a conservative country, there are certain places in which you can bathe in the sun in your bikini. So bring one or two! This retro-style bikini is on trend, and a little more conservative than most. A win-win!
2. Light clothing is also a must, it can get extremely hot outside! Pack something like these Phillip Lim silk trousers. Extra points for the funky print!
4. If ever you get to buy your own abaya and would like to fit in, make sure you pack a pair of sky-high heels, a matching handbag and large sunglasses. You’ll blend right in! When I want some extra large sunnies, Oliver Peoples is my go-to!
6. To go with your new abaya, try this trendy take on the classic Proenza Schouler PS1 in funky floral!
7. Sunscreen is essential. My sock-tan agrees! Try this water resistant SPF40 from Philosophy to keep stray tan lines at bay.
8. You’ve got to bring your camera along on this trip. There are plenty of sights to see in Qatar that you’ll want to remember! And street style you’ll want to photograph! Try this cool camo-print digital camera from Pentax!
10. A cardigan will help too. Even though it’s scorching hot outside, it is air-conditioned indoors and can get very cold. This Rag & Bone cardi is the perfect transitional piece, and it will fit nicely in your new PS1!
Be sure to check out Carla’s blog and follow her Style Profile! And, if you make it to Doha, take lots of pictures and add them to the “Stylish Places” section of your Style Profile so we can live vicariously through you!
Our Stylish Places: Doha Edition
After sharing the street style of Qatar with us, blogger and trendsetter Carla of NomadStyle, one of the first street style blogs in Qatar, also gave us the 4-1-1 on her fave fashionable hotspots in Doha!
For those of you experiencing severe travel envy right now, this one’s for you. So sit back, relax, and allow yourself to take a virtual vacay…
"The W Hotel in Doha is my favourite place to go for food and drinks."
Umm hello, that purple fountain is amazing!
"Souq Waqif is also a great place to have some shisha and people watch…"
"The Pearl Qatar boardwalk is great for grabbing a coffee!"
"The Mathaf Museum is great to see modern Arab art."
"Katara is also great, especially if there are art exhibitions going on and if the Qatar Philharmonic is doing a show."
Absolutely stunning! This makes my annual summer weekend in Florida look slightly inadequate. I might just have to pay Carla a visit…
What are your most stylish places this summer? Tell us in the comments, and post them on your Stylitics Style Profile!
Our Favorite Looks: Street Style in Doha, Qatar
The biggest misconception from an outsider’s point of view is that everyone has to wear the traditional clothing, for example, the abaya for women.
Sure, the abaya is traditionally in black, but many locals nowadays are snazzing it up with colourful, elaborate embellishments and are customising it to their own taste. Shoes and bags play a huge role into their style, too.
But, not everyone needs to wear the traditional clothing. Expatriates, like myself, can wear anything, as long as it respects the cultural views of the country.
Many of the locals go to their high-end multi-brand boutiques, where a lot of the European and American brands are. It’s all very new to locals and is exclusive! A lot of them have limited stock, and the locals love exclusive and limited items! They like to be one of the few people in the country to own these things.
As for myself, funnily enough I’m not a fan of shopping! I find most of my clothes during my travels.