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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.

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!

DSquared2 Logo Swim Shorts

SS19 Swimwear: Take The Plunge

Swimwear Styles To Invest In This Season

As blazing temperatures sizzle on the horizon and the summer season officially looms, holiday planning never strays too far from the imagination. The chance to escape reality and unwind is music to the ears. Fairly soon you’ll be digging your suitcase out of storage, blowing off the cobwebs and curating endless swimwear looks. And tipping the top of your checklist? Perhaps the most indispensable item of them all, swim shorts.

If the spring summer 19 catwalks are anything to go by, short shorts are set to truly rock the scales. Lauded designers across the board held a penchant for micro-shorts this season, with the ‘thigh’s the limit’ phenomenon spilling into the menswear circuit yet again. While we understand thigh-high hemlines aren’t for everyone, taking the plunge this summer could earn you some serious sartorial stature. Generally though, the consensus from brands – from high-end to the high-street – is to not hold back. Leave the mundane mood of your 9 till 5 life behind, have some ice-cold beers at the ready and dare to stand-out.

Vibrant palettes and patterns present another opportunity to challenge your comfort zone, labels such as Dsquared2, Paul Smith and Ralph Lauren all make a commanding case for this. For example, Paul Smith’s multi-stripe swim shorts cast a rainbow of striking hues across their base. Boasting the brand’s synonymous ‘Artist’ stripe, this pair are guaranteed to get heads turning in the heat of summer. If you were after a head-to-toe look from the designer, look no further than Smith’s cross-strap sandals. With a contoured foam footbed, rubber tread outsole and colourful thread running throughout, what more could you need?

Paul Smith Swim Shorts Multi Stripe Paul Smith Sandals

If you’ve thrown good investment into your swimwear and want the world to know, DSquared2 are your match. Logo-charged and loud, the brand’s holiday offerings speak words of their own. Take these monochrome swim shorts, they’re unapologetically draped in the Italian label’s identity, while to their interior, a soft slip lining ensures they provide the most comforting wear. Channel the monochrome aesthetic from the ground up with a pair of Balmain sliders for that final seal of luxury and stability poolside.

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Sweeping the scene each and every summer, all-American label Ralph Lauren has found itself as a holy grail of swimwear for some years now. When balmy climates call the brand becomes an instant go-to, kitting out the masses with their ever-expanding range of swim shorts. Pursuing project pink this season, this vivid pair will stand the test of time in your holiday capsule, year in, year out. Crafted with a comforting mesh interior and three handy pockets, these bottoms possess as much substance as they do style. Double-up on Polo credentials with a matching pair of slides, showcased here with a padded foot strap and cushioned footbed for elevated comfort.

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Opting to leave the staggering altitudes of the Alps behind, Italian label Moncler set up camp near crystal-clear waters this season. Practicing their presence in uncovered territory, the brand bring their tricolour accents to your holiday rotation. Taking the form of a classic chevron pattern, this pair of Moncler swims shorts unlock the label’s signature touch while remaining entirely practical for poolside activity. Ensuring the tricolour theme stays fluid, the brand’s matching red, white and blue sliders will sign off any look.

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With myriads of swimwear looks on tap, BOSS frequently master a sense of summer casual that’s earned the label some timeless kudos throughout the years. Products on offer span tees, swim shorts, bags, sandals and beach towels, all imbued with the cool and comforting mentality of BOSS. Harnessing a blue and yellow colour scheme, the brand stick to the rules this season with a completely coordinated offering. Opening with a well-fitting pair of swim shorts, this swimwear set also includes a matching drawstring bag for carrying all your essentials and a cotton-terry beach towel.

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With countless deliveries hitting our racks every week, set yourself apart from the crowd this summer with the plethora of swimwear on offer at Aphrodite. Life’s a beach until further notice. Shop our entire holiday shop here. 

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.


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


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.

Ralph Lauren Patterned Shirt Ralph Lauren Vacation Shirt


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


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.

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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


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


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

Sunglasses Lookbook

Sunglasses Lookbook

Lucky for us sunglasses can be worn every season, which is handy with our unpredictable British weather. This week our lookbook features our favourite styles from Persol, Ray Ban & Pretty Green. Shop all of our sunglasses here

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

Splash | Swimshorts Lookbook | SS15

Splash | Swimshorts Lookbook | SS15

This week’s loobook draws inspiration from those distant tropical shores, with our favourite statement swim shorts taking centre stage. Our favourite colourway from the Hugo Boss paisley print swim shorts, the bold orange shorts from Stone Island  that scream sunshine,  and the quirky print  from the  Paul Smith collaboration with French photographer Franck Bohbot. You can shop all of our swimshorts here

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

Sunspel Lookbook SS15

Sunspel Lookbook Spring Summer 2015

This Lookbook features Sunspel a new brand at Aphrodite and it has us reaching for our Ray Bans with its summery vibes, ideal for those long lazy summer nights. Think holiday in the Riveria.

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Published by Samantha Carruthers