Summer holidays. The best of times. Just remember that when you get there, you will probably have the equivalent of your underwear drawer to store all your clobber and then you need to find somewhere for the suitcase (under the bed?). You may also be stung for excess baggage on the way out, which is always especially hard to take at 5.15am with a large queue behind you. So, save yourself some grief and don’t take too much gear with you.
Here are my 6 essentials to see you through a your well-deserved break-
Maybe needed for day and night wear, so think of both angles and plan accordingly.
Plain t-shirts for day trips and maybe a striped/patterned tee for night-time sojourns. A Manchester United or Oakland Raiders top does not count as stylish for men in their forties. Plus, replica sport jerseys are sweaty as heck and you could get 2 really smart tees for what they cost.
Sometimes these can be surplus to requirements when a low-key, relaxed family holiday is in the offing. Light, comfortable shirts should not be left on your hanger at home though. Stylish with shorts and they protect your arms from searing UV rays by day and famished mosquitoes by night. Try a granddad collar (see below) for a change. also known as a mandarin collar shirt, this leaves less material sitting on the back of your neck in sticky weather. Looks cool too. Bonus points.
Avoid dark colours as they absorb heat and attract mosquitoes. Blues and whites are the go to shades in warmer climes.
Smart shorts for day-tripping and night-time wear. Try some tailored or cotton-twill shorts for a mature, stylish look. Shirt can be tucked in or left out. Throw in a smart belt as well as it can really smarten up an outfit of needed. You will hopefully be in swimming shorts for the rest of the time.
Trainers/Sneakers (one or two pairs)
You are off-duty, so relaxed footwear is probably the order of the day. I think the brogues and Oxfords can stay at home if hot weather is on the cards. That brings sneakers to the fore.
White sneakers offer low-key style and work well with shorts and chinos. I prefer the low-rise, minimalist shoe.
Pack an espadrille, driving shoe or loafer for travelling in. If the shoes have to come off at airport security, it’ll make your life a lot easier.
Pool slides (chunky flip-flop to you and me) are coming back into vogue just now. Bit of a flip-flop phobia, but some of these new, upstyled ones look quite good and hopefully won’t make that annoying slapping noise while wandering around the local supermarche. If I invest I will definitely ‘fess up!
A bastion of summer style for the older man. Don’t be daft enough to pack the denim if it’s a sun holiday. Yes, I have done this several times and they weigh a tonne and you will be a bucket of sweat if you wear them travelling. Chinos are your trouser of choice for the summer. No longer a fuddy duddy image wise, all the cool guys are wearing them, so you are in good company.
Sand, beige, light grey or light blue will look good and keep you cool. If you are feeling especially “on-point” style-wise, you can invest in a cropped pair to show off the mankles.
Sunglasses (one good pair will suffice)
Here is where you invest the smart money for summer style. Gone are the days where you lose about three pairs every summer in a sunburnt, boozy blur. We treat our possessions with the utmost respect now, right? So, you can spend a few quid on good quality sunglasses now.
Let’s face it, everybody looks better in shades. Plus, they protect your eyes from harmful rays and possibly reduce the onset of crow’s feet.
I bought Ray-Ban Wayfarer and Persol Steve McQueen shades in the last couple of years. They are both foldable models that fit into a pocket-sized case when the sun goes down (so lessening the chances of loss).
Enjoy your break & thanks for reading.