I’ve got a few holidays lined up for this year. There’s a long weekend in Paris in the springtime with my parents (our wee weekend break to Prague last year seems to have become an annual event, which is something nice to look forward to during the cold, dark winter months). This will be followed by a proper summer holiday with my partner to Thailand and Vietnam (can’t wait!) and a trip to San Francisco towards the end of the year to spend Thanksgiving with our friend Tom.
The upside of all these holidays in different places at different times of the year is that it’s possible to justify any new clothing purchase as being ‘for the holiday’! The downside is that I need to be selective in my holiday outfit planning otherwise there’s going to be no money left in budget for spending money once we’re there (and these cocktails won’t buy themselves – unfortunately!).
I was recently asked to take a look at the new collections and pick my top buys. With my holidays in mind, I’ve had a look at what I think will be the most versatile investments this year.
First up, every year I like to treat myself to a new pair of sunglasses for my hols. Although they’re an accessory they’re actually one of the most important holiday purchases as you end up wearing them pretty much all day every day (unless you’re unlucky enough to get rain – hopefully not, we get enough of that at home!). My current favourites are these tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses - I love the sexy retro shape:
Next up, for a summer holiday at least, is a kaftan – that all-important cover-up when you’re walking to/from the beach or hitting the beach bar. My favourite fashion blogger – Columbine Smille - always looks fantastic in her holiday kaftans. If only we could all look so glamorous (and toned and tanned!) on the beach:
Finally, I like to have a big bag that can be used as hand luggage on the plane, but also doubles up as a day bag for citybreak sight-seeing or as a beach bag. Longchamps is my favourite label for this kind of bag – as seen on Vogue:
It remains to be seen how much of a holiday wish list I end up with this year. I’m really going to try to take a quality over quantity approach and travel light though – it’s soooo much easier all round. Wish me luck!