When it comes to holidays, we’ve all had that “what am I going to wear?” fluster. The urge to jump online and panic buy a whole new summer wardrobe with next day delivery is is all too familiar. However, there’s no denying that this can be a costly spree and push up that total holiday spend. Thankfully, help is at hand.
Kirsty Dale is Executive Director for a fashion magazine and regularly meets with UK brands, reviewing their new season collections and attends fashion weeks from around Europe. This keeps her finger on the pulse on of the moment trends and where to scout the best pieces from premium and high street brands.
We caught up with Kirsty to find out her top tips for perfecting your holiday look, without breaking the bank.
What are your holiday packing tips, and how do you create the perfect capsule wardrobe for your holiday?
Keep it simple. Think hard about your 6 core pieces - the dress, the sandal, swimsuit, shirt, shorts and bag - and then pop a great lipstick in and big earrings in case you want to glam it all up! Lay it all out and think about what you are planning to do on holiday. A friend recently took sliders and realised it was such a steep uphill climb back from the beach she couldn't keep them on!
Think about what shapes you wear most and feel happiest in and then invest in those pieces. I wear my favourites time and time again and try to just change-up a holiday look with a few accessories.
What are the summer 2018 fashion trends?
We can’t escape the floral maxi dress, it’s been everywhere. Co-ords (matching top and bottoms) have been big too, as have bold colours, stripes and a resurgence of pastels. In terms of swimwear, we’ve seen lots of high waisted bikini bottoms, block bold colours and structured frills - like on a one shoulder swimsuit.
For accessories, flat slides, mules and sandals have dominated. If shoes have had a heel, these have often been chunky and decorative. And trainers just aren’t going anywhere, with bolder, more substantial soles.
Anything woven and with texture – such as fishing-string bags, au natural raffia accessories, and sandals with fun, decorations like tiny bead-like shells. I’ve spotted these at home and on beaches everywhere, despite being a nightmare if they get wet!
People tend to buy a whole new wardrobe before a holiday, where can they save money and still look on trend?
Pre-planning purchases and comparing where something might be cheaper in advance can help you cut down on costs.
Another tip is to look at accessories again - new accessories can make you feel like you have a completely new look.
Our recent survey found that people spend an average of £118 on a new holiday wardrobe, what items can work while away and back at home?
Most of it, if the weather is like it is now! Seriously though, most things in your holiday wardrobe can work just as well back at home. It’s just about adapting how you wear it. Shorts with a vest and flip flops on holiday can look very different when you add a more modest shirt or jumper and swap the flip flops for a smarter sandal back home. Dresses, sandals, shirts and your one piece swim all get use back home - depending on the time of year!
What's your advice for people tempted to impulse buy while on holiday, especially when the look might not translate back in the UK?
Take a picture of yourself in the dress/shoes/outfit and then picture yourself standing at home somewhere. Walk off and then if you really like whatever's caught your eye, you’ll make time to go back. If not, it wasn’t meant to be.
Alternatively, if you are in Zara or Mango at home before you go on holiday and are heading to Spain, wait and buy clothes when you are there, as those brands are cheaper in Spain!
What are the trends from 2017 that people can recycle this summer and still be on trend?
I’d hope most of it, as the beauty of a holiday is you should really not care about trends! Last summer yellow was a big hit and looks amazing on holiday, so my yellow dress will be back in the suitcase this year. I also had an off-the-shoulder top which I don’t tend to where anywhere other than on holiday so that’s back in too. Otherwise, I just see each season a chance to evolve pieces and of course, depending on where I am going, just make a few adaptions.
So there you have it, how to look holiday chic without splashing the cash. If you fancy being saving savvy all year round, there are plenty of top tips to help you budget on our blog.
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