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How to Pack for a Staycation

It’s official. Staying at home – that is, appreciating the splendour on your very own doorstep – is the new going abroad. A little less Côte d'Azur, a little more Cotswolds. Cue countryside walks, Olde Englishe pubs and sofa days aplenty. And a wardrobe to match, of course.

The Wax Jacket

Many are the hours that we’ve waxed lyrical about wax jackets – and none of them more so than a Barbour Bedale. Intrinsic to the fabric of country life, the heritage design is, to this day, made locally in a factory in Simonside. Consider it the best of British.

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Barbour jacket

The Classic Chinos

If there’s one thing that we can’t predict, it’s the British weather. Chinos are the safest bet when navigating the great outdoors – lightweight when the sun shines, and less cloying than denim when drenched by sudden downpours. 

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Brunello Cucinelli Chinos

The Walking Boots

Even the hardiest hikers are only as good as their footwear. Opt for Ariat when faced with a steep incline, otherwise Loro Piana’s slip-on boots are perfect for less challenging terrain. 

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The Casual Cardigan

When packing light, zero effort, interchangeable layers will be your secret weapon. Enter the cardigan. Zip-up iterations – such as Z Zegna’s oatmeal waffle-knit – will slip easily under a wax jacket on blustery days, but remain sophisticated enough to headline smart-casual outfits come the evening.

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Zegna Cardigan

The Out-of-Office Blazer

Think tailoring is reserved for the office alone? Think again. The ultimate wardrobe staple on any staycation, a versatile blazer rendered in corduroy or tweed will shrug off workwear connotations, and prove the perfect style-wingman for balmy sundown strolls and nights by a roaring fire. 

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Boglioli Blazer

The Linen Shirt

As per your blazer, the key to a winning out-of-office shirt is all in the fabric. Linen is a safe bet. Breathable, functional; linen shirts boast all the classic appeal of their cotton counterparts, but with a laidback attitude that can’t be topped. 

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The Staple Sweatshirt

While we can’t deny the draw of a logo, sometimes less is very much more in the wardrobe department – particularly when you’re keeping luggage to a minimum. Unbeatable in their adaptability, minimalist sweatshirts are a staycation non-negotiable. 

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Fear Of God Sweatshirt

The Elevated Sweatpants

A loyal friend to us all these past few months, sweatpants are long overdue a change of scene. Because, in fact, when done right – we’re looking at you, Thom Browne – sweatpants are so much more than loungewear. Opt for quality, and wear them out and about with pride.

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Thom Browne Sweatpants

The Timeless Brogues

When your feet aren’t busy traversing the peaks of Scafell Pike, a pair of classic brogues will more than go the distance. Despite impressive outerwear credentials – the signature punched-hole design historically allowed for water drainage when walking through wet fields – our brogues will, most likely, be worn to the nearest gastro pub.   

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The Brand: Ralph Lauren

Outdoor pursuits are innate to the Polo Ralph Lauren DNA. Slim-fit Oxford shirts, quality T-shirts and well-made chinos; discover the building blocks of your staycation attire under one proverbial roof.

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Ralph Lauren Shirt
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