WHEN it comes dressing up for going on holidays, it seems we Irish spare no expense.
As the summer season is heating up, Irish people are spending more on shorts, sunglasses and other holiday attire.
A survey of almost 400 people found that a surprising number of us are heading abroad this year – and that we plan to spend between €100 to €200 on clothing beforehand.
It also discovered that more than 90pc of us are planning to go on holiday this year.
And two-thirds of these people said they would prefer to go on a festival holiday.
It seems a lot of us feel more motivated to exercise for the perfect ‘beach body’ after we have a holiday booked.
Most people admitted that they spend an average of eight weeks working on their holiday physique.
Meanwhile, just 17pc said they don’t feel pressure to have a beach body, claiming that they work out all-year round.
Irish people also like things to get a little romantic on their vacation, with 80pc of those surveyed saying that they have had a holiday romance.
When asked what would be a deal-breaker for love abroad, the majority said that if the object of their affections didn’t speak English then love couldn’t blossom.
A fifth said they couldn’t date someone who wore bad clothes and 16pc said they wouldn’t pursue a holiday romance as they know it’s only short term.
More than half of those surveyed said they thought the Scots were the best-looking nationality.
Those surveyed also humbly placed Ireland as the second best-looking nation.
Shorts that are just “too short” came out on top as the biggest fashion mistake someone can make, while sandals and socks were also labelled a common fashion disaster.
Almost a fifth of people surveyed said that they don’t buy Hawaiian shirts as they like to buy stylish holiday clothes that they can wear when they get home.
The survey, carried out by LifeStyle Sports on 390 people aged over 18, found that buying ‘stylish’ clothes for going away was very important to the Irish.
Debbie Byrne, marketing director of LifeStyle Sports, said that the results showed “the time and effort that goes in to a holiday before you’ve even left.”