I always pack light. Why? Well, throughout the summer period we're constantly thwacked over the head with boho and artisanal buys, but nothing, IMHO, beats buying the genuine thing when you actually go on holiday. In fact, aside from excess amounts of bathing on the beach, my number one priority is getting to the local shopping scene and soaking up some sartorial culture. Take one look at any Greek island–hopping fashion girl this summer and you'll find the same story: She'll be flaunting her authentic Grecian leather sandals (that were no doubt bought at a far more favourable price than back at home).
I often opt for really traditional wares—flamenco frills in Spain (and the polka-dot dancing shoes), blue-and-white cheesecloth tunics and maxi dresses in Greece (not to mention the Tinos island–bought skirt printed with Greek urns in the picture above), batik kaftans in Thailand… A good friend of mine, Lily Russo—the founder of resortwear website BeachFlamingo.com—always tells tales of the brilliant jewellery she picks up when back home in Puglia, Italy.
It's enough to make you book a last-minute getaway. Or at least go on the hunt for local goods you can buy online—that's where we step in. Check out the authentic vacation buys you can get hold of from your smartphone…
This has a matching crop top… Just saying.
Okay, so the tan lines suck—but they're such pretty sandals.
Beachy waves not optional.
These are totally tapping into the babouche trend.
Mega-bucks, but just so mega.
What do you love buying on holiday? Shout out in the comments box below, and be sure to check this packing list before you go anywhere.