Holiday in Calabria, Italy and Buying Less

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Dress – Frank and Faith
Shoes – Geox
Bag – Stella and Dot

Last week I went on a lovely holiday to Calabria, Italy. We stayed at the Club Med Napitia resort which was a totally amazing place. A beautiful beach, flowers everywhere, loads of activities to do including exercise classes, sailing, archery and tennis, shows and dancing every night, really delicious food and drink and really amazing staff that made us feel incredibly welcome. I was really sad to come home!

Of course with so much going on, I didn’t manage to get many outfit photos except the one above. The clutch bag was a birthday present from my friends at work. I had never heard of Stella and Dot but was really pleased to see on their website that they have a very comprehensive social responsibility policy. All of the clothes that I wore apart from the bag, a new bikini and pair of flipflops were clothes that I have had for a number of years and have been featured on this blog multiple times which got me thinking about holidays and buying less.

Every year when I go on holiday there is a strong temptation to buy new clothes. Not sure why the temptation to buy clothes for holiday is so great as the summer in the UK seems to be fairly short and holiday only usually last a week or two. I do usually manage to  rationalise and stop myself from buying lots of clothes for holiday so I thought that I would share a thoughts and ideas on buying less and sustainably for holidays.

  • Pay slightly more for high quality summer clothes that will last for years to come.
  • Avoid very on trend looks that are likely to look ridiculous in a years time.
  • At the end of the summer, wash, iron and carefully pack away summer clothes with moth balls/ repellent to stop them getting eaten.
  • Have a full review of what I have before buying anything new as it is easy to forget when you haven’t worn it for a year.
  • Sustainable fabrics are particularly good for summer as organic cotton and bamboo are breathable and cool to wear.
  • Look out for fair trade accessories also often features intricate embellishments and are great for adding a bit of colour and interest to a summer wardrobe.

What do you think? Do you find yourself buying lots of new clothes for holidays? Do you have any tips to buy less?

Here are a few of my holiday instagrams

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5 thoughts on “Holiday in Calabria, Italy and Buying Less

  1. Summers in NYC are usually disgusting so I find myself looking for loose, breathable garments for the summers and every year I find myself thinking that what I had the year before isn’t cool enough (weather-wise). I changed a size last year or so, so that’s not helping and I bought a few new dresses this year so far.
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  2. You and the holiday location look lovely!
    I never buy new clothes for a holiday, some of my wardrobe has been to India and back for almost 20 years! x

  3. First off I love that dress!
    I don’t tend to buy much when I go away, I have so many lovely summer items that I keep in a suitcase under my bed that when I go away (which isn’t that often these days) I get it out and get really excited to wear everything again. I might treat myself to a new bikini or beach bag but mostly I just want to wear all the stuff that I’d love to wear in the UK but we just don’t have the weather for. I love being able to slip on a lightweight dress, pop on some sandals and be good to go. In the UK you always have to worry about the weather turning chilly, or doing a complete U turn and pouring with rain or blowing a gale, or both!
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  4. Oh your holiday looks amazing. I find myself ALWAYS shopping for lots of new bits when it comes to Summer holidays. In fact I am guilty of doing this already even though my holiday isn’t until later next month and I’m only away for a few weeks!