Thursday, March 12, 2015

Travel Talk: Do You Have a Holiday/Vacation Wardrobe?


Do you have clothes that only seem to make an appearance when you're on holiday/vacation?

I was doing a little "spring cleaning" the other day i.e. digging out the industrial sized Tupperware from under my bed and unearthing breezy Zara blouses and thin Sandro cotton dresses that haven't seen the light of day for, well, at least six months or so. And then I dug a little deeper and found some articles of clothing that don't ever see the light of day ... unless I'm on a tropical beach somewhere.

Don't worry - no cargo shorts or fanny packs (that's a "bum bag" for all you Brits) here, but rather an alarming array of off-the-shoulder dresses, tunics, and beach cover-ups that I'd feel self-conscious wearing down Oxford Street (but, no, who seriously wears a beach cover-up on Oxford Street? Actually ... I think I've seen a few) but whip out at the earliest opportunity as soon as I've got my trapezoidal feet in the sand.

(Sidenote: John has the worst holiday shirt, EVER. He bought it unsupervised during a trip to the Caribbean, as I recall ... I've been begging him to get rid of it ever since I first laid eyes on it. It features the most puzzling color combination of stripes that I've ever seen. Thankfully, it only comes out during holidays, and whenever he wears it, I sit across from him and grimace, so he can tell how much I dislike it. I'm the worst.)

Still, there's something about pulling out brightly colored bikinis (oh, who am I kidding? I mostly wear black. And more black.) and tops with pom-poms or tassle details that makes me smile and conjure up the scent of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen. My vacation wardrobe essentials usually include: a big floppy sunhat (burnt my ears to a literal crisp in Thailand while island hopping on a boat without one), a pair of espadrilles for trekking around that I can simply kick off at the end of the day, Havaianas flip flops for the beach, a beat-up pair of denim shorts, a huge, loose-woven scarf that I can throw over my shoulders at night, and lots and lots of easy sundresses in jersey, or another light-weight fabric. Oh, and a linen shirt.

What about you? What do you pack in your suitcase?

p.s. Also ... the worst thing for my paycheck lately is LIKEtoKNOW.it. Do you use it? Basically, you sign up, follow the account on Instagram (as well as whatever account uses LIKEtoKNOW.it), and if you "like" a photo, you'll get the product information emailed directly to your inbox. So convenient, and so dangerous for online shopping. Luckily, most of the items featured are usually from the States, so the hassle of shipping costs/customs charges/inability to return items prevents me from clicking "buy"! That's my little "confessions of a shopaholic", um, confession of the day.

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17 comments

  1. Ah I love when an item of clothing has sentimental value! Or even better, still smells of suncream! ; )

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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    1. Hi Gemma, yes me too! Thanks for reading. :)

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  2. OMG I did not know about LiketoKnow!! I fear for my credit card...I do find myself dragging out the same things every time I go away, I try and buy at least one new thing to get excited about wearing.
    Lot of love,
    Angie


    SilverSpoon London

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    1. ANGIE - WHAT?? Seriously, get yourself on it, now! :) Yes, I did a bit of an overhaul recently ... threw out/donated/sold a few things and brought in some new. Nothing crazy, but some of my holiday stuff really needed to go! xo

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    2. Angie, it is SO dangerous! Be warned!!

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  3. I just wrote you a long comment and Blogger ate it! Sum total of holiday wardrobe? Two halter-neck tops and a maxi-dress. Otherwise it's shorts and t-shirts, worn in London and on holiday.

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    1. Ugh, so annoying, Ruth! Sounds like you have a very well planned and minimalist holiday wardrobe, which is perfect for traveling light!

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  4. I love maxi skirts & dresses on holiday - they're just so easy!

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    1. Totally agree - maxi dresses are the best!

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  5. I discovered http://www.teamwiking.com/category/travel-light-packing-tips/ this last year. Jess is a travel blogger and I especially love her blogs on packing light and it has changed my world.

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    1. Hey Valerie - that's the best post ever! I think I tend to pack even lighter than that ... my pet peeve is travelling with too much stuff! I love her tips though (and the choices!). Now I feel like I need a slogan sweatshirt and a pair of Birks - ha!

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  6. I have a few long floaty dresses that only ever see the light of day when we are off somewhere hot [and overseas!]....one or two of them will be coming out of storage soon I'm happy to report.

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    1. Exciting, Jacky! Are you off on holiday to somewhere nice and hot soon? I am still waiting for temps to rise here, though we're off to Sri Lanka in a couple of weeks!

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    2. We're off to Hawaii in 4 weeks....so excited!! Sri Lanka sounds very exotic.

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    3. I'm very jealous! Believe it or not, I'm from Washington State and I've never been to Hawaii! Sigh. I've missed my chance while it was still (relatively) close by! Have a wonderful time. :)

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  7. I LOVE this hat! I'm such a hat fiend when I go away - can't waaait to bring them out again! Also YES to finding someone else as love with Sandro as I am!

    Lauren xx
    Lauren | The Lifestyle Diaries

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! I just bought another one too ... oops. And I *love* Sandro. Who doesn't?! xo

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