Packing for hot weather
When you’re planning on heading off into the sunshine, it can be easy to let your excitement for the trip overshadow everything else. That is, until you’re confronted with an empty suitcase sprawled on the floor in front of you, the night before your trip. But fear not! We bring you a handy guide to what to pack when you want to hit those sunnier climes in style – call it our intervention before it gets to that point!
Played well, shorts are cooling, versatile, laid-back and youthful. Played badly, they scream “sweaty tourist with no fashion sense!” To make sure you get it right, let this season’s leading trends guide you:
Tailored shorts that fall just above the knee are a good choice, especially when you match them with other items which share that smart/casual vibe. Thin shirts and boat shoes are a safe bet, and you can keep the look going well into the evening by topping it off with a blazer or coordinating knitted jumper – perfect if packing lightly is a big concern. You don’t have to be stick thin to wear the tailored trend, either: retailers like Jacamo offer formal shorts in a range of sizes, so why not give it a go?
Print and patterned shorts are big news at the moment and stripes are back as part of this trend. Since they’re pretty much back every year, stripes are the best choice if you want to wear the look for more than one summer. Go for blue and white for classic nautical connotations or choose bolder shades if it suits your style better.
T-shirts can be boring. Unless you’re going to opt for wacky patterns, questionably humorous slogans or brand names emblazoned across your chest, it’s a fact you pretty much have to accept. Or is it? This summer, there are a few colours that have cropped up again and again to make menswear that bit more interesting, and we think T-shirts offer the perfect means to work the look.
First up, it’s yellow. Bright or subtle, this shade will brighten your complexion and is perfect for summer. Next, create a cooling contrast between your clothing and your sun-warmed skin (because you’re not going to burn, right?) with a mint green T-shirt. It’s masculine yet fun and it’s appeared in collections from the likes of HE by Mango and Ted Baker – why wouldn’t you?
A shirt is a must-have, even for warmer weather. It will give you sun and insect protection, it’ll smarten up your look in a flash, and it’ll take you from day – sleeves rolled up, paired with jeans – to night – sleeves down, with chinos. If white seems like too high maintenance for your holiday, consider grey or olive green: black’s a little too much for summer.
The loafer has a whole host of virtues, from being easy to slip off at airport security to being comfy enough to stand up to a fair bit of walking. For a less formal version of the classic leather loafer, consider boat shoes which are often more brightly-coloured and work brilliantly with laid-back outfits.