Many of us will be setting off on a mini-vacation this weekend, as we look to make the most of the Easter break. Yet whether it be a trip out of the country or a jaunt back home to catch up with family, flying economy may be optional, but packing economically is not. For one long weekend, you could go almost anywhere, and we’ve got all your style bases covered:
Whether it’s Paris, Barcelona or Amsterdam - the new couple’s weekend away is most often taken in a city setting, where there are places to go, museums to explore and street food to messily eat while sitting on a park bench – so you’d better dress accordingly. Pack a carry-on case of versatile pieces that work hard; think smart-casual staples that you can layer up or wear separately to fit with most occasions and forecasts: a loopback cotton sweatshirt, a few button-down shirts in cotton or chambray, and a couple of pairs of slim-cut jeans or chinos.
During the day, it’s highly likely that you’ll be spending a good chunk of your time stomping the streets, so practical footwear is a must. Pick classic sneakers that are streamlined, comfortable and look smart, while leather desert boots are another considered option.
Finally, if you plan on stealing a few kisses in the rain, don’t forget to add a lightweight raincoat to your travel list, and a backpack to carry it in too.
A weekend away with your partners in crime means sun, sand and… sartorial dilemmas: what to wear on the beach? While it’s tempting to throw all stylish nous to the wind in favour of a relaxing few days footloose and fashion-free, creating a stylish daytime look is easier than you think:
Lean towards tailored swim shorts (with side adjusters rather than an elasticated waist) in versatile hues that will take you from the beach in the afternoon to the bar at night – just remember to throw on a short-sleeved shirt, polo or racer back vest for the sake of modesty. Keep patterns simple and colours limited to one or two per item so as to avoid any unsightly clashes.
At night, depending on the average evening temperature, try combining neutral slim-cut shorts/chinos with T-shirts or short-sleeved shirts in summer-ready colours and prints to make an effortless statement.
Sometimes a taste of home is all it takes to make a springtime break. You’ll want to opt for relaxed-fit jeans/trousers (and maybe even a pair of tailored joggers), then round out your look with pieces that work for lounging just as well as catch-up lunches: casual button-down shirts, a lightweight merino wool/cashmere jumper and a couple of comfortable cotton T-shirts or Henley tops. A sturdy pair of boots comes in handy whether you’re stomping through fields or ploughing through sheets of rain on the way to the pub.
Festival season starts earlier and earlier every year. No matter what the temperature is outside, the nights will very likely devolve into a total sweatbox, so layers that can be easily stripped off are a must. Lightweight jackets in dark colours will go with almost anything. Theoretically, everything goes at festivals, so now’s the time to experiment with colour and print, if that’s your inclination; think tie-dye, striking motifs and patterned shirts. Other key pieces to pack include on-trend typography sweatshirts, durable denim/chino shorts, a pair of jeans and practical footwear that you don’t mind getting beaten up.