HOW TO PACK FOR A VACATION
It's been such a long time, we've almost forgotten what to wear on vacation. Hopefully, before long, we'll be back in the swing of picking out our favorite vacation shirts and calculating how many pairs of socks can see us through a fortnight. In the meantime, here's the Tyrwhitt guide to men's vacation outfits and successful suitcase management.THE VACATION SHOP
BESIDE THE SEASIDE
Suits are out and shorts are in. Our men's summer vacation clothes for beach destinations include plenty of colorful tees and comfortable cotton shorts. Polo tops are a versatile option – they're equally at home on the sand or in the bar. Just make sure there's a cool linen shirt and some neutral-colored chinos in your suitcase, as you might stumble upon a chic seafood restaurant.
Travel tip: Sunscreen, shades, and a hat are your daytime essentials, but don't forget a lightweight Merino knit to wear when the evenings stretch on.
THE LONG WEEKEND
The key here is the capsule wardrobe – a pair of non-iron (and stain-resistant) chinos, a couple of smart-casual shirts (think checks or chambrays), and a blazer for the evening. In cooler weather, add a V-neck Merino sweater as an extra layer. Accessories are a space-saving way of sharpening your look, so slip in a belt, a statement tie for smart dinners, and a set of gleaming cufflinks.
Travel tip: Keep toasty in the great outdoors with a supersoft lambswool scarf.
THE CITY BREAK
Yes, you may spend most of your working life in the city, but this is off-duty dressing… and it's different. Think effortless elegance when packing for a city break. If you're aiming for cosmopolitan comfort, go for mix-and-match separates in cool and subtly stretchy fabrics. It's worth taking a tie and a smarter pair of shoes – you don't want to miss out on that must-have restaurant reservation.
Travel tip: What's your wet-weather plan? Remember your Italian raincoat and a classic black umbrella.
THE BUSINESS TRIP
While they strictly aren't vacations (although they usually have their moments), business trips still involve a suitcase. Roll up a non-iron shirt and a new tie for every day, along with a spare of each. For maximum confidence – and absolutely no crumples – our crease-resistant Travel Suit is a must-pack. And to ensure you arrive feeling comfortably fresh, make the trip in a Tyrwhitt Cool shirt.
Travel tip: Check if the venue has a gym or pool – you may want to bring your sports kit.