Sunday, 20 July 2014

Make light work of weekends away

PACKING LIGHT is something that, traditionally, is not understood by many, especially the fairer sex when packing for a holiday, but, in many ways it is a definer of style, less is more and all that.
So preparing for a weekend away is the perfect starting point or proof that you know what you are doing, are about and aiming to achieve.

So pick a city, any city, well one with a bit of class, say Barcelona and before heading to the airport get packing, but let’s be honest it should be a pleasurable thing and not take all day. No sitting on suitcases, the whole thing should completed in a quick fire 10 minutes maximum, from the start of opening your trusted Cognac Hartsfield Weekender Tote to get things rolling. 

I love the Want Les Essentials De La Vie range and this shoulder strap bag, combining leather handles, base and interior against a lovely grey check outer is another reason why. It also comes in black.

Of course any trip is not just about your outer wear, grooming and carrying grooming products is key, so why not ping in a Filson travel kit in navy, the water repellent carrier combines two interior and two exterior pockets, with leather zipper pull and trim.

Any tech going with you is not the same without being carried properly, so slip your iPad into the Herschel Supply Cypress iPad sleeve, with fleece interior all in a slim container and everything will be sorted. 

While any bank and business cards and of course money, should be safely stowed in the Want Kennedy Cognac money clip wallet. A beautiful calf leather wallet with three front and back pockets, detachable money clip and button snap fastener. It also comes in black.

Coming in a range of colours, I have plumped for the Sebago trenton penny loafer, minus socks of course. The moccasin style shoe is a suede upper, leather lined with cushioned sole and contrast stitching. The blue stands nice against the khaki Dockers Alpha tan trousers. Five pockets, lightweight cotton zip fly these are the perfect choice and of course, easy to pack.

To counter any reduced temperatures in the evening the Hardy Amies knitted navy polo is ideal. The textured knit, slim fit shirt with three button placket is a slim fit winner. 

Holding your trousers up the Anderson’s braided mustard leather, brass buckle belt works perfectly and of course, is lightweight.

The Chris Grey Ray-Ban sunglasses, with G-15 lenses utilise vintage styling with modern finish will top things off nicely.

Oh, and of course, Barcelona has its own beach, you’d be stupid not to take advantage, so the Printed classic swim shorts from Paul Smith, zip fastened back and two side pockets with draw strong waistband should seal it, plus the swim bag to store them in makes it a tip top choice.