A winter city break away from work, washing dishes, domestic news, bills (the boring sort) and all the other trials and tribulations that modern day working and family life brings is on the cards. The two girls are accompanying us on the break, but they will not cramp our lifestyle in any way at all. Delusions aside I have a few key items that will accompany me on the trip (family aside of course). My destination, London, is a rather stylish kind of town, so I want to look something better than decent. It is of course now winter, so packing light might be difficult.
It is well and truly boot season, but I am going to be in an urban environment and boots maybe a bit constraining for every day, so I have to cover different angles for the trip. My Red Wing boots still have to travel of course, as it is not warm climes I am planning for.
How about also bringing something slightly more urbane to a wander around a museum or coffee shop in? Formal shoes such as brogues or oxfords are a little staid for a city break. So, an understated sneaker gets the nod. With my sustainable style hat on it has to be a pair of Veja. These will also pair well with the two pairs of trousers that have been packed.
I think contemporary men’s style lends itself to wearing trousers with a sneaker or training shoe. Maybe as we slightly lessen the footwear formality, it is mirroring women and their relatively recent move from heels to sneakers. I wear formal shoes during the working week, so a move to a sneaker really means I am off duty and can drop the health professional persona for a few days.
Tip- Pair a white or grey sneaker with pleated or drawstring trousers for a contemporary, smart look.
The stylish, together man always checks the weather forecast before a weekend away. The weather can be your friend or foe, but only if you have the wrong gear. As a forty something man I am supposed to have my head together and that includes being dressed appropriately. If you are dressed for the weather, life is so much easier.
So, the forecast is for cold, but sunny days. So, this is a perfect opportunity for me to get my scarf game going. Overcoats (essential!), blazers and leather jackets all take a scarf in their stride and look the better for it.
A woollen scarf is warm and practical if outdoor gallivanting is on the cards. I can find myself overheating with one of these on and any sartorial points are easily lost with a red, flustered face arriving at a restaurant table. So, if the day is to be mostly spent indoors or on public transport I would go for lighter scarf. A scarf doesn’t always have to provide warmth, but will offer a significant surge in style.
Sunny intervals means sunglasses should be close at hand. Everybody looks better in shades. Especially if an early flight has been endured. Definitely an idea to have these close to hand for sunny intervals while enjoying an al fresco coffee.
Tip- Pretty much every outfit looks better with a scarf included. Keep an eye out for guys who wear scarves well this time of year and follow their style. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all.
I have not conscientiously aimed for the much referenced “capsule” wardrobe, but I do have several items of clothing that I can limit myself to and subsequently mix up to create a few different looks. This comes in really handy when packing for a long weekend city break.
In summation, if you can cover the following you will be well set for a winter weekend away-
Overcoat, leather jacket, t-shirts x 2, denims × 1, navy trousers, lighter coloured trousers, shirt × 1, scarf, shades, boots, sneakers/training shoe.
Thanks for reading,