The dates are set, the flights are booked, and brighter days are just around the corner. Next on the agenda? Packing. While languorous mornings by the beach, piña coladas and a steady supply of vitamin D hardly make for a tasking itinerary, they do require some sartorial forethought. These are the must-pack pieces and potions for one luxurious winter-sun escape.
Water sports, plunge pools, or a yacht on the open sea – whatever floats your boat, you’ll need the right garb. This might mean a pair of Love Brand & Co. swim shorts, doused in beachy prints. It could also mean the quintessentially British charm of Burberry’s house check, imbuing classic swimwear with a heritage that spans centuries. Have fun with it: you’re officially off-duty, making statement designs completely fair game. Of course, if your benchmark is timeless gent, then by all means lean into tradition and double down on cut. On the lounger? Ralph Lauren Home’s nautical towel.
You may be on holiday, but that’s no reason to slip on grooming. Tailor your self-care routine to your situ with multiple daily applications of suncream. “But, I don’t burn!” you say. Well, even if you don’t burn visibly, just 10 minutes outside can cause your skin’s collagen to break down – UV damage is inevitable. Enter: Shiseido’s Expert Sun Protector, always a wise bet for non-greasy protection. Elsewhere, Clarins’ UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF doubles up as a moisturiser and shield to pollutants, offering hydration and a clear finish.
The sun is setting across the bay. In this golden hour, it’s not quite time for dinner, but you’re ready to unwind all the same. Wardrobe-wise, the response is easy-breezy shirts, terry towel fabric à la Orlebar Brown, liberally cut silk-blend T-shirts for layering, and refined leather bags to keep your room key and phone safe. On foot, leather sandals guarantee sophistication, while slides and flip-flops play it cool.
“It’s not quite time for dinner, but you’re ready to unwind all the same”
A venture into the local town aptly concludes another day in paradise. No doubt, the camera will come out, so looking your best is a must. Opt for a softer take on tailoring, where laidback fabrications – linen and denim, for instance – reign supreme, and the genre’s usual formality is toned down for the occasion. You’re out of office, after all. Typically, Italian brands thrive in this area, teaming seamlessly with Vilebrequin’s breathable trews. For an even softer approach, Homme Plissé Issey Miyake has you covered with its signature pleats. The final touch? A fresh and summery scent – Loewe gets it right – with notes of tangerine, cardamom, vetiver and sandalwood.