5 Reasons to Dress Up on Vacation

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Now that I’m a stay at home mom ( SAHM), vacations have come to represent a rare chance in my daily life to really get dressed up, or just to try something different.   Here’s my TOP 5 Reasons to Dress Up on Vacation! I hope this inspires you to take a chance on your next vacation and really let loose!

 

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N°1 – MORE TIME

 

No school runs, no preparing elaborate breakfasts, no getting in a quick load of laundry before the house turns into a mayhem…..just TIME.  If you let the rest of your family members sleep in and you wake up even just 15 minutes before them you can dedicate all 15 MINUTES to yourself!  I know this sounds crazy but it is well worth it!

 

Throughout our weekend in Le Cinque Terre I finally had TIME to dedicate to side ponytails and braids!!  I have a whole board on pinterest dedicated to Easy Braided Hair, however, for some reason at home I’ve never been able to set aside enough time (energy) to try it.  If something goes wrong during your daily grind than you’ve “wasted” time, but on vacation you’re free to experiment!

 

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N°2 – FREE TO TAKE RISKS!

 

Speaking of something going wrong, if you are at home and want to try out that side braid, new mousse, new gel etc. and something goes wrong, you have to face the people that know you.  “Did you do something different with your make up?” is a polite way of saying “you look like a street walker in that shade of red”.  But on vacation, you have glorious anonymity!!!  Take a risk! Why not? No one knows you!

 

 

N° 3 – NO ONE KNOWS YOU!

 

By far my all time FAVORITE concept of taking vacation style risks was taught to me by my mother at the ripe age of 5.  We were on vacation and there was a silly costume party in the resort where we were staying.  We hadn’t packed any costume supplies from home, but we 4 kids REALLY wanted to attend the party.   My mom invented homemade costumes for the four of us on the spot.  The “spooky ghost” (a pillow cover), Cindy Lauper (a tennis racket in my older sister’s curly hair), a Drag Queen (that would be my brother!) and a Native Princess.  To create the Native Princess “look” my mom wrapped a tea towel around my ever so thin frame while I wore underwear, with half of my “cheek” exposed.  I was mortified.  But she said “Angela, what do you care? No one knows you here!”.

 

FREEDOM.

Those words became my motto for every single stunt I have ever pulled in my life, especially on vacation!  No one knows you, so take risks, do your hair differently and experiment with your StYLE.

 

N°4 – DRESS UP

 

One of the biggest risks we take as North Americans is dressing up.  I’m not sure why in North American culture it is a bigger deal to wear heels and go grocery shopping than it is to go in pijama pants!  We are deathly afraid of over dressing and of “trying too hard”.  Now that I’ve been living in Italy I’ve noticed culture shock when I go back to Canada and see how absolutely casual everyone is.  Grown men in Toronto dress like the ten year olds in Italy and I realize it is because they WORRY ABOUT OVER DRESSING.

 

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I invite anyone who has a great dress in their closet that has been sitting there for years collecting dust to WEAR IT!  If you are going to Italy leave your flip flops at the beach, and instead wear the clothing items and shoes that you never seem to feel comfortable wearing in North America because they are too dressy.  Believe me, in Italy, no one will criticize you for dressing up…. and even if they did they don’t know you!

 

In Le Cinque Terre I made an effort to pack a nice new blazer I’ve never worn and a new pink scarf I’ve been wanted to accessorize with.  Where did I wear them?  In the car for the ride! But I got a few photos in the outfit which brings me to point N°5!

 

 

N°5 – PICTURES, PICTURES and MORE PICTURES

 

Normal people (meaning non-bloggers), don’t take thousands of photographs of themselves weekly.  There is a good chance that the majority of your “selfies” are from either a wedding, another special occasion, while you are playing a sport, during a dance recital or ON VACATION! Vacations play a critical role in the ever important social media profile photo!

 

You will want to remember the great things you did and the stunning sights you saw, so chances are you’ll have your camera ready and you’ll be snapping pictures.  Here’s your chance to look your best.  Unless of course you followed my advice in point N°2 and took a risk that didn’t work out too well, in which case wear a hat or something because again….NO ONE KNOWS YOU!

 

Part of my dressed-up look for Le Cinque Terre was the silver real leather and cavallino hair “Cocktail Dressy” bag by the brand Be*Why accessories.  If you’d like to win this bag to dress up your own vacation look feel free to enter the giveaway below.  To learn more about this artisan brand I’ve featured them here as part of my HAND MADE artisan series.

 

 

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  • Great reasons Angie! I’ve also always been a fan of no one knows you, it’s the perfect excuse!
    I love the link scarf and blazer together, too.

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    • “no one knows you” is totally my way of living! You’ll find me making a fool of myself in absolutely every occasion….and trying to do it in style!

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  • One of my favorite things about Italy is dressing up! I know people think I’m insane when I’m like Oh I wore wedges to hike (like up castle walls not the alps or anything). But the truth is it’s such a persona here. Lipstick. Hair. It’s like having a reason to dress… ONLY now am I equating that to your blog’s name. hahahha. Hope you and the bimbo are doing well! xo

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    • I REMEMBER that post of you going up the castle wall in wedges and I loved it! We went “hiking” (also up castle walls) in Sardegna a few years ago and my italian friend totally wore super high wedges and she made it! It should be a new Olympic sport in Italy, wedge walking.

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  • One of my favorite things about going on vacation is dressing up. I meticulously plan every outfit. What a great opportunity for photo shoots when you have such wonderful backdrops! And I agree with all your other reasons too!

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  • I love this post! I completely agree with Rule #3. I usually try out new clothes or outfits I’m unsure of when traveling. I do sometimes miss the casual outfits in North American though. Many women in Lithuania look like Barbie (tall, blond, perfectly quaffed) and I never can look as pulled together as that. Also, heels on cobblestones just do not work for me!

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    • lol cobblestones and heels….oh how I know them well and HOW many heels I’ve destroyed in Italy.

      I could NOT HANDLE being surrounded by Barbies….how do you do it? I’m under 5 feet tall (like 149 cm), I would be mistaken for a chlld there!

      Which would probably lead me to wearing heels ALL THE TIME! My Sicilian grandmother LOVED it when I wore heels because it gave me some height, now that I think about it, she was so Italian!

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  • Porcelina

    Great post, I always like to take extra care with my wardrobe on hols – next week I’m off for a week, just within Wales, so the weather won’t be nice enough to try anything too summery, but I still have grand plans to wear things I don’t normally get a chance to! x

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  • Such great reasons! I am more adventurous with my outfit choices when I travel since I know no one knows me so what does it matter.

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  • Celia M.

    Hi there visiting from THT – great tips and you are so right, even in Toronto it can be surprising what people are wearing when out and about. I love Europe and how every occasion is an opportunity to look good.

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  • Kim

    While I to be comfy at home, I love a reason to put effort into me and get dressed. I love 4. I wore a maxi dress last summer causally and a friend asked why I was so dressed up.

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  • I love your reasoning, so true, and if you like your outfit, you can wear it all week! Love your jacket and scarf!

    thanks for linking up with TH Tuesday!

    jess xx

    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  • Irena Mat

    Women in Italy are so dressed up. They look stylish and elegant. Like Italian cities. I think it’s a reason to dress up.

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  • Teresa

    Great post! Hearing about the cultural reasons behind dressing up (or not) was interesting.

    Mamamuseme.wordpress.com

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  • DeAnna Branigan Keller

    I love your style! I personally never been to Italy but i’ve always wanted to go there.

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  • Pictures is the top reason why I put a little more effort into my appearance when I’m on vacation. Austin Texas where I live now is so casual, and Penang Malaysia where I was living is also very casual. I remember being a little intimidated visiting Europe because I knew that their version of casual was dressier than what I’m accustomed to. It’s funny that I have so little “nice” clothing that I seem to be in the same outfits in my vacation photos whether I’m on the Great Wall of China or at the Vatican. I think I really need to go shopping.

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