Slideshow: Souvenir Travel Clothes That Don’t Translate Back Home

We’ve all done it. Caught up in the excitement of a great trip, we find ourselves “going local,” and buying an article (or wardrobe) of indigenous clothing to show our love for a place. Sometimes, as with vintage aloha shirts, pretty kurtas, handcrafted leather sandals or Latin American peasant blouses, these looks play well back home. At their worst, however, they make the wearer resemble a clown, costume party-refugee or garden variety idiot.

I understand the urge to wear groovy clothes that scream, “I’m a world traveler!” But more often, bad sartorial choices are the result of too many margaritas, too much pakalolo or the shopping frenzy that results from visiting foreign craft fairs and artisan markets. God knows, I could stock a Goodwill with past purchases. But, like cornrows on white girls, male sarongs or anything from Hilo Hattie, most wearable souvenirs are better off left in their place of origin.

View the slideshow for a selection of frequent travel fashion violations.


Too-tight holiday braids can make your hair fall out

Nothing says ‘I just got back from a holiday’ like a fresh pair of tight cornrow braids on someone’s head – it’s more effective than a fresh tan in winter or a tacky souvenir outfit if you ask me. These teeny tiny (and some would say tacky) braids are popular, but they can be dangerous to your hair, as our sister site, That’s Fit, told you a few months ago. Don’t believe us? Check out this article from the Daily Mail — they profile an eight-year-old girl who lost her hair after getting some too-tight braids while holidaying in Rhodes. And the stress of it all has caused her to develop alopecia, which mean her hair isn’t growing back. Good grief!

One has to wonder, is it really worth it to spend a chunk of money on a hairdo that takes hours to finish and doesn’t look all that good in the end anyway? Frankly, I’d be happy if holiday braids disappeared altogether, so while I feel for this poor girl, at least it will discourage others from getting braided.