Holiday outfit planning shouldn’t be the stressful, impulse-buying event we often make it for ourselves. It shouldn’t be filled with last-minute choices you’ll probably never wear again — but it makes sense that it’s become that way, in our throwaway culture driven by fast fashion.
But you know that’s not our cup of tea. We’re enamoured with the idea of ethically and sustainably-produced fashion and falling in love with the clothes we wear. Holiday flings are fun, but we prefer them with baes than with summer bandeaus.
Ensure your holiday wardrobe is made up of looks ready for long-term commitment by letting go of the idea of needing a new outfit for every day of your trip. Trust us — beautiful, staple pieces will transform your travels in the best way, taking the stressful to the effortless and fun. Here’s what to look for: sustainably created fashion made with longevity in mind. Slow-fashion companies are undoubtedly more quality focused, so opt for pieces as classic as they are versatile.
We’ve picked out a few of our ultimate summer holiday must-haves below to get you started.
Patterned maxi dress. People Tree, £66.50 Sustainably-made and patterned with handblock printed by women’s initiatives in Bangladesh.
Handwoven Basket Bag. Beaumont Organic, £50. A summer essential, this ethically made, 100% straw bag is woven by an artisan in Spain.
Satin slip dress. Birdsong, £105. Made in London at a skilled women’s project in Limehouse, Birdsong is committed to doing things differently and empowering women.
Mid-length jumpsuit. Eileen Fisher, £248.58. Packs beautifully, goes everywhere, and ethically-made with sustainably-produced fabrics.
Denim Pinafore dress. Monsoon, £59.00. Ethically-made with a focus on environmentally-friendly practices.
Rosewood-framed sunglasses. LaBante London, £199,90. Made from ethically-sourced and recycled rosewood frames, we dare you to find a holiday look these sunglasses can’t be paired with.
Floral Broderie Kaftan. Beulah London, £205. Made in London. 10% of profits from all sales go towards helping bring an end to modern-day slavery.