Planning a getaway? You're definitely not alone. Post-pandemic, more and more people are booking trips as restrictions ease around the globe. So, as we speak, potentially thousands of suitcases are being packed – and if even the slightest idea of writing a packing list and starting to fold stuff is breaking you out in a sweat, don't fret: we're here to help.
By Sascha Camilli: writer, speaker, activist, and vegan fashion expert.
The most popular of summer destinations, the beach holiday seems a breeze to pack for – but in reality, this is a suitcase that will take some planning. Firstly, crucial questions: are you a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit person? Whichever one you favour, choose eco-friendly designs in ECONYL, a material made from discarded fishing nets and other plastic pulled up from the oceans. If you favour the one-piece swimsuit, September offers a variety of designs, from colour-blocking to floral prints. If bikinis are more your thing, Sūndar Swim and Ozero Swimwear are both rich in eye-catching, eco-conscious styles.
Now that we've got swimwear sorted, let's think of what to wear when out of the water. Floaty kaftans and sweeping maxi dresses are beach staples for a reason – they are the perfect mix between sophistication and hot-weather comfort. Komodo carries strappy, colourful designs that are perfect for seaside walks. Accessorise with a pair of breezy sandals from Minuit Sur Terre and ethically made sunglasses from Bird. But the focal piece of your beach-holiday outfit will without a doubt be the straw bag. Hanging on season after season, this is the one piece that says “summer” like nothing else. See Stelar for designs in bamboo and atta grass.
Shunning the beach for a bustling city destination? One thing you will need to pack is jeans – the perfect style for spending all day on the go. Komodo and VILDNIS carry relaxed, easy-to-wear denim – which pairs effortlessly with a pared-back tee from Komodo or BOODY. VILDNIS are also masters of jumpsuits – the design that will save you the hassle of putting together the perfect outfit. Just pull one on and you're ready to go. All you need is the right city bag (try LaBante London or Will's Vegan Store) and a pair of shoes that's really made for walking – Will's a great option there too, as are Collection and Co's brogues and Chelsea boots.
Charming villages and breath-taking landscapes – it's no wonder that during the pandemic, countryside holidays shot up in popularity. The cottagecore style that arose from this travel trend can be easily recreated with Baukjen's dresses in organic cotton or vegan silk ECOVERO. If evenings get chilly, cover up with lightweight knits from Minuit Sur Terre. Their bucket bags in pastels and earthy tones will pair beautifully with the colourful landscape – and your cottagecore dress. For those long walks, you will need some comfortable yet stylish shoes, and Good Guys Don't Wear Leather is your best bet for that.
Active outdoors trip
If you prefer a rush of adrenaline to lounging away the days at the beach, pack your bag with ethically made activewear from the likes of high-performing Reflexone or chilled-out, comfort-first BOODY. Sneakers are the default choice for an active holiday, and you can't do better than Humans Are Vain or Ration.L for sustainably made, sportswear-inspired footwear. If hikes are on the itinerary, Will's Vegan Store offers a selection of sturdy boots that will do the job on the trails, and a hat in organic cotton from Komodo will keep any potential sunburns at bay.
It's the season of romance, and wedding invites keep popping up in the mail, calling for a dress code beyond the ordinary. Once again, Baukjen saves the day with dresses that are wedding-guest perfection, while Allkind offers elegant heels to suit the occasion. Shine in ethically made jewellery from Ana Dyla or Little By Little. For some extra sparkle, add an evening clutch in plant-based leather from LaBante London or Svala.
By Sascha Camilli
Sascha Camilli is a vegan fashion writer, speaker and activist. Her book Vegan Style is out now on Murdoch Books. For more about Sascha, you can read our interview with her. You can also follow her on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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