The Gentleman's Guide to packing for a stylish Weekend City Escape

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The Gentleman’s Guide – what to pack for a stylish Weekend City Escape

Our Gentleman’s Guide to packing for a stylish weekend city escape will help you to get the most out of your 48-hour getaway.

Planning a weekend trip with your significant other or with your best mates? Whether you are embarking on a romantic escape or a long weekend with the boys, the key to packing is to figure out how to do more with less, after all, the weekend bag offers limited space. Apart from your undies, tees and socks, these key pieces will effortlessly take you from casual lunches to formal dinners in no time.


The Travel Bag

First things first, when it comes to the bag the best thing to do is stick with a duffel or weekender—something that can fit enough clothes for a couple of days, but that doesn’t look like you’re going to the gym. A leather weekender always adds an extra touch of class like the Hackett Leather Foxley Holdall. When packing, trousers and t-shirts can all be rolled and placed at the bottom of your bag to avoid creases while saving space. Place shoes near the bottom of your bag as well to pack your bag as efficiently as possible with your heavier items at the bottom. Your jacket should be folded and placed on top to keep wrinkles at bay.

Check Out The Dress Code

Are you planning to stay at a swanky hotel that requires a specific dress code for the evening including formal footwear? If so, make sure you pack a pair of dress shoes. Does the hotel have a spa? Don’t forget to pack swimmers Lacoste striped taffeta swim shorts are the perfect mix of chic and sporty.


One pair of jeans will do. Pack your favourite pair, preferably in darker coloured denim such as blue or black. Scotch & Soda Ralston in Better Late is a great option. Sticking with a neutral colour palette for your entire weekend wardrobe will make it easier to mix and match your key pieces.


The best way to look like you brought your entire wardrobe is to pack items serving as double duty. A pair of chinos like these from MMX Lupus Chinos Beige is a great example of trousers with a mix and match factor.  They can be worn casually during the day, and later in the evening worn with a jacket and shirt for a more formal look – Voila!


Make sure you opt for a jacket serving dual-purpose such as the Guide London Jacket a plain jacket with football buttons printed lining and matching pocket square.


Given the little space a pressed shirt takes up in your bag you can afford to pack a few. Pack a couple of classic shirts and upgrade your smart-casual weekend wardrobe with the Tommy Hilfiger dobby cotton shirt. Add one colourful shirt to your weekend wardrobe like Guide London Heron Print Shirt in Black for a bit of rock-n-roll if you decide to hit the dancefloor.


The Jumper

There is no denial of how multi-functional a jumper is. Pick a classic style and neutral colour like Paolo Pecora Jumper in Grey


A pair of nice shades can bring your weekend wardrobe from great to ace! Opt for classic aviators or these cool Le Specs matte bandwagon sunglasses in tortoise to add a touch of timeless elegance. 

Don’t Forget The Footwear

Travel in a pair of classic Tod’s Loafers in Brown and pack a pair of dress shoes for the evening. The Loake leather Snyder Oxford shoes in dark brown is a great choice. Don’t forget to use your shoes to stuff socks and other small items that you don’t want floating around your bag.

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