Holiday Fashion Faux Pas – Are you Guilty or Not Guilty?

When it comes to shopping for our summer holidays, I think most of us are guilty of buying brightly coloured swimwear, flowery dresses and shirts, and sandals or flip-flops that we wouldn’t dream of wearing to the local supermarket, but do some of us take it too far?

Back in 2010, TripAdvisor announced that Brits were the worst dressed tourists abroad, and a recent article in an English newspaper claims that British men are still guilty of making cringe-worthy holiday fashion faux pas, including sandals with socks (I thought that was a German thing?), knotted hanky hats (really?), and football shorts to dinner – okay, I give you that one!

Hot on our ‘unstylish’ heels, the Germans came second, and our American neighbours across the pond picked up third place for worst dressed travellers, but can we really expect our men to dress to the nines when heading down to the beach?

Well, according to the fashion guru’s it seems we should be dressing more ‘location appropriate’ when it comes to travelling abroad, and while we may be tempted to pack our suitcases with our favourite football shirt, white sports socks, and a pair of Crocs, we should in fact be packing simple, comfortable classics, such as polo shirts and tailored chinos…

I think our holidays abroad provide us with a unique opportunity to escape from everyday life, including our everyday wardrobe, and if we feel good in our neon Speedos, fuchsia kaftans, and jellybean sandals, then I say why not!  However, if I may be so bold as to give one fashion tip to my fellow travellers… please leave the socks and sandals at home!

Do you think that Britons are the worst dressed travellers?  Do you like to dress in extravagant colours abroad?  Drop us a line, we would love to hear from you!


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, us Brits are most certainly some of the least well dressed people on holiday. You can spot us smile off. We second and third your plea to leave the socks and sandals at home!

    1. Thank you Annie…We just need to tackle the other 60 million or so Brits now! hahaha 🙂

  2. Elle Hubbard says:

    I would like to say more, but I’m just off to find my fuchsia kaftan…

    1. Hahaha…Don’t forget your contrasting turquoise flip-flops and lime green bikini Elle 🙂

      1. Elle Hubbard says:

        Hahaha – oh the picture! 🙂

  3. Jane Sadek says:

    Rule number one for me: Don’t buy any clothes for vacation. I have four closets full of stuff for four different seasons, many vacation activities and all types of terrain. If I wouldn’t wear it here, why would I subject other places to it. I’m a Yank, but I agree that most American tourists dress for a day on the sofa or working out at the gym, rather than dressing for the place they are visiting. Unfortunately, they also dress like that over here.

    1. Jane you are so funny! I love your comments – thank you for reading! 🙂

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