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What To Pack For A Weekend Away

Packing For A Weekend Away: The Essentials

Is the wait till your next summer holiday too much to bear? If so, we reckon you could be in need of a well-earned weekend away. Whether you prefer the scenic surroundings of the Lake District or the booming cityscape of the capital, a change-up of settings could work wonders for your wellbeing and, ultimately, bridge the gap between your next sun-soaked destination.

Of course, the difficulty with a short trip away is knowing how much to pack. Finding the happy medium between taking too little and taking too much is tricky to say the very least. And then there’s the dilemma of deciding what sort of things to pack. Altogether, it’s a bit of an irritating undertaking. Thankfully, we’re willing to carry the burden to help you get to where you need to be. So, kick-back and relax while you uncover our essential guide to packing for a weekend away.

A Practical & Portable Bag:
With every escape from reality, comes the bag you chose to get you there. Ideally, something spacious, functional and wholly accommodating would be the superior choice for any adventure-seeker. But, with so many on the market to choose from, it can be a bit of a minefield finding the right one. We think these generously-sized choices from Fred Perry, Barbour and Fjallraven could fall into your plans effortlessly. View our full bag collection online here.

 

Fred Perry Barrel BagBarbour Holdall Bag - Weekend AwayFjallraven Backpack

Sunglasses With Style & Substance:
Let’s face it, if you’re staying on home-turf, unpredictable weather is almost a given. So, come rain or shine, it’s best to be prepared for whatever the forecast could throw your way. If we’re wishful thinking, balmy climates would reign supreme, and with that in mind, sunglasses are a total must-have. With the obvious benefits of muting the sun’s harsh glares, the right pair of shades will instantly sign off any look.

For the sole purpose of a long weekend away, versatility is key. Choosing a simple, slick pair that will go with everything is imperative. Luxury Italian eyewear specialists Ray Ban are your go-to for achieving just this. The brand’s Meteor sunglasses in brown offer 100% UV protection while providing superlative visual clarity. For an extra dose of luxury, Moncler’s all-black wayfarers might just be your match. View our entire sunglasses range to find the right pair for you.

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Slick & Sensible Headwear:
Always a hit – caps, like sunglasses, are another great way to survive the sun. With the ability to shade you from testing temperatures while enhancing your outfit, caps are a necessity for any short break. Brands ranging from Stone Island, Norse Projects, Paul Smith, and more, have all tweaked the design to their own taste this season. Discover essential headwear styles over on our website now.

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A Wise Selection of Tops:
You can’t go wrong with a selection of t-shirts. A versatile mix of short-sleeved and long-sleeved styles will prove perfect for a plethora of occasions. Though it is important to consider your personal plans too. Are you spending your time in the great outdoors or amidst urban settings? The appropriate cut, colour and fit will make all the difference to your ensemble and overall comfort throughout your trip.

Japanese clothing label Edwin offer a double pack of two plain white tees that are ideal for throwing on at a moment’s notice. While Danish streetwear stalwart Norse Projects has you covered for casual events with its Johannes tee – a breezy, breathable option. And outdoor outfitter Patagonia supplies a long-sleeved, logo charged design for cooler climes.

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Functional Shorts:
As well as the usual trousers to chill out in, practical shorts can also be a saviour for day-to-day activity. At the top of our list are this beige pair from Patagonia, they’re crafted in a classic cargo silhouette, with a quick-drying nylon base, DWR coating and UV protective finish. Also acquiring top marks are Fjallraven’s Karl Pro shorts, made with the brand’s durable G-1000 fabric. In a similar manner to Patagonia, these shorts supply plenty of pocket space and are ideal for carrying all your essentials.

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Grooming Goodness:
Unlike travelling abroad – long weekends away in the UK don’t require you to limit your toiletry capacity. However, having everything in one place and all of travel-size helps when it comes to packing and being that extra-bit organised on the day. Much to our pleasure, the grooming experts over at L:A Bruket are on hand to deliver everything you need for that blissful break away. With a dynamic selection of everything from sunscreen to beard wash, there’s lots to get your hands on. Shop our entire grooming range here.

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Versatile Footwear: And finally, stay sturdy on your feet through new territory with a trusty pair of kicks. Although not always practical, box-fresh white sneakers are easy to pair and most-likely light on the feet. adidas Originals’ AR Trainer is tailormade to perform on ‘grass, clay and cement’ and is built with a sturdy rubber outsole underfoot. For rocky terrain, we recommend something with outstanding traction and durability. Take a look at our diverse footwear collection here.

adidas AR Trainer In WhiteSo, without further ado, start packing and ensure your ‘out of office’ status is firmly switched on!

Vacation Shirts Spring Summer 19

Vacation Shirts: From The Shores To The Streets

Spring Summer Shirting Styles

For some time now the vacation shirt has boasted an unbreakable bond with the menswear industry. While trends may come and go for many reasons, vacation shirts lead the way for surviving fashion’s passage of time. Packed with some serious staying power, these bold button-ups are a certain hallmark of spring summer, each and every year.

But what makes these camp-collared shirting styles so popular? Well, as the saying goes, ‘fortune favours the bold’, and these often-raucous designs have a lot to answer for that. Their head bending patterns seek maximum exposure, while their boxy, breezy cuts prove undeniably suited to the season’s sweltering climes.

SS19 Offerings:

With more vacation shirts hitting the market than ever, and more on the horizon, there’s no avoiding this lightweight layer. So whether you’re setting your sights on the tropical enclave of Hawaii or the city’s tangled streets this summer, the following vacation shirts will offer suitability for both.

DSQUARED2

Dean and Dan Caten, the Canadian duo behind DSquared2, can always be relied on to supply some seriously striking looks. Truly taking the vacation shirt trend to dizzying new heights, the Catens offer up this azure blue style. Guaranteed to make a splash at a number of summer occasions, the Italian made DSquared2 shirt surprises with a ‘spring has sprung’ kind of vibe. With this in mind, we’ve chosen to pair ours with some tonal companions, including a reflective pair of Ray Bans and smart navy trousers.

DSquared2 Patterned Vacation ShirtDSquared2 Short Sleeve Shirt

RALPH LAUREN

Opting to head back to the vacation shirt’s ostentatious roots, this flamboyant Ralph Lauren shirt will command attention for all the right reasons. The all-American label have us picturing island living with the breezy rendition. Its viscose body will ensure you remain cool and comforted through every sun-soaked getaway while staying bang on trend. We recommend reserving this garment exclusively for sandy shores and pairing with some breathable chino shorts for a smart-casual spin.

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PAUL SMITH

If Kaleidoscope palettes or patterns aren’t for you, former tailor Sir Paul Smith may have your answer. Lacking colour and bold accents in the slickest way, this crisp white Paul Smith vacation shirt is every inch timeless. Crafted in Portugal and therefore sealed with exceptional quality, there’s no unnecessary fuss about this cream piece – making it the most versatile option on our lineup yet. Wear untucked for a look that cuts a casual figure.

Paul Smith Short Sleeve Shirt

ALBAM

Similarly, sticking to their expertly understated ways too, British label Albam choose to strip things back. Leaning on a relaxed silhouette and a cedar pink tone, this 50s inspired Albam shirt turns back the sartorial clock. Both traditional and classic, the garment’s build features a relaxed camp collar and patch pocket for a subtle touch of practicality. We reckon an enduring pair of jeans and the blissful surroundings of a beer garden will do this style some summer justice.

Albam Vacation Shirt Albam Short Sleeve Shirt

FOLK

Much like Albam, fellow London label Folk are fastidious about quality. And for that reason, we know you can rely on this vacation shirt’s longevity. Made from super soft cotton, with an exclusive Ikat design spanning its base, this Folk shirt takes us back to the 50s era – yet again. In a bid to tune into the garment’s vintage design cues, we’ve highlighted the style with a pair of charming boat shoes. A spacious APC tote completes the outfit and will help you navigate the nonchalant look into urban settings.

Folk Short Sleeve Shirt

Folk Vacation Shirt Blue

If, however, you’re not down with that shirt’s serious case of the blues, the brand has plenty more on offer. Perhaps these green or yellow Folk shirts will feel more appropriate for your rotation? They’re built with the exact same airy design and don’t need a pattern to make an impact.

Folk Short Sleeve Shirt Folk Vacation Shirt Yellow

PATAGONIA

Finally, in a surprising move from Patagonia – an outdoor centric brand with a feel for adventure, the label turn over a new leaf this season. Literally. Free from a wholly technical aesthetic here, this Patagonia vacation shirt is draped in a leafy palm pattern.

Patagonia Vacation Shirt Palm Leaf

Designed to look equally cool buttoned to the top or worn open, we imagine this laidback version will go down a treat on your summer holiday. Especially on the Mediterranean coast, six beers deep and far beyond.

Holiday Shop Now Open

With winter gone and summer almost here, it’s time to strip your wardrobe of jumpers and fleecy coats and update it with some great summer staples. Whether you’re going abroad or just staying in sunny England, we have all the clothing and accessories you could need.

Find all your holiday essentials online here.

Holiday Shop | SS16 Edit

Bringing together our best brands with some of the must have holiday pieces this season, the holiday shop is the one stop shop for all your holiday needs. With daytime essentials such as the staple sunglasses, swim shorts and vests to evening and night time fundamentals including polo shirts, chinos, shorts and footwear. Shop the full holiday shop here

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Samantha Carruthers is an Online Editor at Aphrodite. Find her on Google+