Stylist And Personal Shopper Sena Wakabayshi’s Favorite Resort Picks
July 9, 2018 | BY Rosana Lai
Stylish mom of twins Sena Wakabayashi is no stranger to luxury and travel, being a trusted stylist and frequent visitor of Bali and Tokyo. Combining her love of both, she shares with us her favourite pieces from Moda Operandi's Resort Trunk Show that she'll be taking on her travels this summer.
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How would you describe your personal style?
I love beautiful design, so the texture or cutting of material, or my pairing of items always has a sense of design. I would say that it is also quite uniform. I know what I like very clearly and am loyal to what I love.
When do you shop for yourself? Do you shop for clients the same time you shop for yourself?
I shop for myself the most actively and consciously when I travel. While I enjoy shopping online and it's certainly the most convenient option, I love a good physical retail experience so I love to browse boutiques on my travels. And yes, I inevitably end up adding things for myself when shopping for my clients!
You split your time Hong Kong, Bali and Tokyo, how do you pack for each city?
Between these two cities, it is really quite simple, and my outfits are virtually the same, as my lifestyles in Tokyo and Hong Kong are quite similar. The only difference is usually the weather.
So it is just about a temperature check! Bali however, is a completely different vibe and experience while I am there, so I usually have an entirely separate “Bali section” of my closet to pack from. This is basically all of my resort wear like a good raffia sandal or easy flared pants from Moda Operandi. I have started to leave many of my items at the house now.
Sena's picks for summer in the city:
It is always nice to have a bag like this in bali or on any resort holiday and it is a nice change from the usually more boxy basket bags
This is a great pair of pants to function as a cover up and also take me to lunch looking chic
A Perfect dress for the summer and will go great on top of a white one piece bathing suit
This is another great and easy dress to wear over the summer as a casual day dress!
Sena's picks for summer footwear:
These are a great staple flat sandal for any occasion
These are a comfy pair of chic slides that i love
I love neutral flats like this for a beach holiday
This is another great pair of nude slides that are a great addition to a resort wardrobe
These slides with embroidered detail are great for a summers night look
You’re currently in Bali right now, what do you usually wear on a typical day in Bali?
On a typical day at the villa, I will usually wear a swimsuit and some sort of kaftan or cover up so that I am swimming ready for when I have the urge to dive in, or more likely, when the twins are ready to jump in!
Sena's picks for the poolside:
I love a white bathing suit, and this one in particular has a detachable piece that can be a nice addition if you are dressing up a bit for your off the beach look
This is another great piece that is chic as a swim suit paired with a long white skirt or flowing pants
This is a gorgeous colour that I would love to wear this summer
This is a great black one piece that is great for lounging with the option of swimming and would go great with a pair of statement black pants or skirt
Top accesories for the beach:
I love a nice rattan bag that is small and compact to fit the essentials
Everyone needs a classic panama hat like this one by Vanessa Leone
I also like a more unstructured smaller brim hat for swimming so it doesn't get wet and ruin the shape
This is a beautiful oversized hat which I have several of and adore
I love this Carolina Santo Domingo bag which is great for day time or evening
Resort wear must be a big part of your wardrobe, as you split your time between Hong Kong and Bali. What are pieces you constantly look to buy from season after season?
I am not a huge traditional bathing suit and cover up person. But I need this function for sure, which is why I find a lot of pieces from Moda Operandi which have the perfect mix of resort and beach wear. I usually end up looking for pieces that can work well with a one piece suit or bikini, as well as something I can wear to lunch without looking like I have just walked off the beach. I love white for resort wear and black of course, but I try to find black pieces that dont feel heavy in the heat.
Sena's favorite Resort '19 brands on Moda Operandi:
New-York based Khaite reimagines sportswear with summer fun. Using mixed textures and classic silhouettes, Khaite has the perfect summer in the city aesthetics
The feminine yet bold Parisian label, Rochas brings back the image of a perfect summer dress. Using soft patterns and bright colours Rochas adds a touch of vibrancy to any summer closet
Avant-elegance, is the perfect way to describe the eponymous Venezuelan label, Carolina Herrera. Colours and prints only add to the sophisticated look of every collection
Prabal Gurung infamously uses bright colours and diverse prints in her collections. The New York based label have the most innovative prints while still exuding class
Known for its classic silhouettes and refined demeanour, Victoria Victoria Beckham’s collections are always hip yet tasteful. Ideal for the summer working girl
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