Whether you’re planning a staycation or a far-flung luxury getaway, there’s no denying that after a year of upheaval and uncertainty, we could all do with a good holiday. But after spending so much time holed up at home and months of travel being off the agenda, it almost feels like it’s the first time when it comes to getting those all important plans in place.
For most of us, shopping has taken a backseat over recent months, with nowhere to go and social occasions on pause. So if your wardrobe feels sparse and you simply don’t know what to pack for that long-awaited summer break, then the likelihood is that you’re not alone.
If you’re eager to get back to looking your best for those hot summer days and long, light evenings, then you’ll want to ensure that your packing list is as well thought-out as your outfits are. So here, we take a look at three luxury essentials to add to your suitcase for couples – just add sandals, shorts and your favourite designer accessories.
For him and her: The simple t-shirt
When it comes to packing light for a lengthy holiday, the key is embracing a capsule wardrobe – choosing just a few simple items that can be worn together in multiple different ways to create a variety of day and night looks.
Some plain and simple t-shirts – designer, of course – in black, white and grey will give you numerous different possibilities when it comes to building your outfits. Easy to throw on with shorts for a laid-back day time look, they can also look great tucked into maxi-skirts or linen trousers for the evenings, and by opting for a monochrome colour palette, you’ll never have to worry about a colour clash.
From short-sleeved crew necks to long-sleeved scoop necks, t-shirts might be basic, but they come in a variety of different styles. We love the luxury options available at Fresh Clean Tees, where you’ll find every colour, style and fit you can think of.
For him: The linen shirt
When it comes to pulling off a well-dressed look that will take you straight from the beach to the bar, every sartorial man knows that a linen shirt is essential. Perfect for hot weather, they are lightweight yet stylish and are the perfect partner for a pair of light-coloured tailored shorts. Undo a couple of buttons and roll up the sleeves during the day, then smarten up your look for the evening by tucking in and teaming with your favourite designer watch.
For her: The Long BD
A relative of the classic LBD – which if you didn’t know, stands for little back dress – the long black dress is the perfect choice for summer and will take you from day to night in effortless style. Not only is black the most flattering of colours, but it is also versatile and elegant – so whether you’re exploring a new city by day, or enjoying a fine dining dinner by night, it can be dressed up or down with ease to suit the occasion.
By day, add a rattan bag and some flat sandals for an easy, off-duty look, then slip on a pair of heels and some chic and dainty jewellery to nail style and sophistication with minimal effort.