Fashion tips for your fortnight in the sun
Sunshine guaranteed. This year, you’ve decided to book a foreign holiday to avoid another potential wash-out summer. To make sure you get the most out of your trip, it’s best to plan what you’re going to take and not just rely on whatever you find in your wardrobe the evening before you fly.
Your destination will, of course, influence what you pack, but the basics won’t change much. You’ll need something for the beach and a handful of smarter items for sight-seeing and evenings out.
When you’re on holiday you’re more inclined to wear shorts, so mind you take more than 1 pair. For a week-long holiday I would say you need at least 3 pairs. Printed shorts are a big trend this season, and one that’s fairly easy to master. You could keep it classic with checks or follow another current trend, Tropical. Shorts in a bright red, blue or green cannot be argued with, and when teamed with boat shoes and a linen shirt create a smart outfit for particularly balmy evenings.
By the sea
The same 3-minimum rule applies with swim shorts, and this one you should definitely stick to. Like before, you can play with prints and colour palettes. Be as eye-catching as you want with flower, stripe and check designs. Flip-flops will be your first choice when looking for beach footwear, but espadrilles might be a better choice on the hot sand, as they protect the tops of your feet as well as the soles.
In addition to your tailored shorts, you’ll need a pair of trousers for dining in restaurant or visiting historic hotspots and local museums. Linen trousers are smart and lightweight, keeping you cool and comfortable when the heat is on. Try a short-sleeved shirt for your top half, and invest in a pair of leather boat shoes and matching leather belt to complete your smart-casual look.
A few more staples
Stay looking and feeling fresh all the way through your stay by making sure you have enough T-shirts and polo shirts. Bring a fine knit for cool summer nights and a few pairs of socks, in case you get cold feet at night.