The long and the short of packing for a holiday 

Packing well for a holiday is a bit of an art form. Some men (we’ve been there too) leave it to the last minute and leg it to check in with a hastily packed case consisting of mismatched outfits and a distinct lack of underwear. This year, don’t be that guy. Be the guy that packs a coordinated ensemble of items that go together and look great whatever the combination, whilst also not taking up too much suitcase space. We’ve devised the perfect capsule holiday wardrobe - so the long and the short of it is, pack the below.

 

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1. A plain-but-statement tee

Only & Sons Edgar T-Shirt

 

A striped t-shirt is standout enough to add interest but simple enough to go with a multitude of bottoms. Easy.


Only & Sons, Edgar T-Shirt, £15

 


2. Smart shorts

Selected Homme Paris Shorts

 

Look for versatility in the shorts department. A tailored chino pair will look equally at home in the city gallery as by the hotel pool.


Selected Homme, Paris Shorts, £35

 


3. Cool aviators

Ray-Ban Bronze RB3026 Aviator pilot sunglasses

 

James Dean, Steve McQueen… take inspiration from the greats and make sure you’ve got a great pair of aviators for vacationing. Ray-Bans are top of our list.


Ray-Ban, Bronze RB3026 Aviator pilot sunglasses, £136

 


4. Multi-tasking swim shorts

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts

 

You never know what’s going to happen on holiday, right? Be prepared with a pair of swim shorts that you can wear straight from the pool lounger to the bar stool.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75

 


5. Summer shoes

Toms Seasonal Venice Classic Espadrille Shoes

 

All hail the espadrille: the most hardworking summer shoe out there. It manages to look cool beachside and super suave in the city.


Toms, Seasonal Venice Classic Espadrille Shoes, £38

 


6. Sophisticated trousers

French Connection Machine Gun Stretch Slim Chinos

 

Risk-takers only take shorts on holiday. Those in the know take stone chinos that they can roll up in the day and roll down if the weather doesn’t do its thing.


French Connection, Machine Gun Stretch Slim Chinos, £59

 


7. Breezy shirts

Gant Short Sleeve Plain Linen Shirt

 

Instantly adding class to your holiday ensembles, you’ll be glad you packed a shirt when sunset drinks on the terrace beckon.


Gant, Short Sleeve Plain Linen Shirt, £95

 


8. Cool backpacks

Barbour Eaden Backpack

 

Eager to pack as much into your bag as you do a holiday? Then you need a slick rucksack.


Barbour, Eaden Backpack, £75

 


9. Versatile jackets

AllSaints Amerson Jacket

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but sometimes on holiday it rains and sometimes you need a jacket. This one, though, will brighten up those somewhat less-than-ideal days.


AllSaints, Amerson Jacket, £148

 


10. Understated hats

The North Face 66 Classic Logo Cap

 

With a baseball cap, there are two ways to go. One, bold and look-at-me. Two, understated and vintage like this iteration from The North Face.


The North Face, 66 Classic Logo Cap, £20

 


11. Run-around trainers

Camper Runner Four Perforated Detail Trainers

 

A quick look at your health app after a day of sightseeing and you’d be surprised by how many steps you’ve just got under your belt. With that in mind, some sturdy trainers are a must.


Camper, Runner Four Perforated Detail Trainers, £99

 


12. Statement sweats

Fred Perry Sweatshirt

 

Picture it – a late-night beach trip with your significant other, cosying up under a blanket. The outfit needed: shorts and this sweatshirt.


Fred Perry, Sweatshirt, £80