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July 25, 2012

Style Feature: The Vacation Wardrobe


Packing for a week-long vacation is often a daunting task, and something I always have trouble with. I am a chronic over-packer, so it is always difficult to find a balance between packing light and packing enough so that I still have everything I need. When I recently went on vacation, I wanted to pack everything I would need into a duffel bag.


This is everything that I brought for a 7-day trip. I chose not to include undershirts, underwear, and my dopp kit since that would just look like a pile of black.

Extra Tip : Since it is summer, and was going to be a rather hot week, I brought enough handkerchiefs so I had a clean one for each day.

Day 1

Jacket by Bamford & Sons; Shirt by Elie Tahari; Denim by Juicy Couture Mens;
Sneakers by AllSaints Spitalfields; Hat by Coal Headwear; Scarf by Gant;
Duffel by Marc by Marc Jacobs

Always layer up for travel. Not only will it save room when packing, but layers also allow you to stay comfortable in the often unpredictable climates while in transit.

Day 2

Shirt by Uniqlo; Chinos by Gant Rugger; Shoes by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Laces from Allen Edmonds; Watch by Bulova; Bracelets thrifted

Colored chinos are a great summer item, but if you are packing for a trip, be careful not to get too colorful. When you have to wear something more than once, keep the colors on the neutral side to both maximize your possible outfits and to avoid being called on it.

Extra Tip : Changing out your laces to complement the rest of your outfit is a great way to add an extra pop of color.

Jacket by BOSS Black; Shirt by Uniqlo; Chinos by Gant Rugger;
Shoes by AllSaints Spitalfields; Tie by Rag & Bone; Tie bar by Link Up;
Pocket Square by Thomas Pink; Laces from Allen Edmonds

Chinos and a white woven are incredibly easy to transition for a meeting, event, or just a nice dinner.

Extra Tip : Nothing says summer like seersucker, and a nicely tailored jacket can keep you cool while staying stylish.

Day 3

Shirt by Gant Rugger; Denim and sneakers by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Scarf by Rag & Bone; Hoodie (in hand) by Burberry; Sunglasses by Bulgari
Bracelets thrifted and from a street vendor

Even though it was warm outside, museums are often cold, so a lightweight scarf and hoodie are a great way to stay comfortable without the bulk of a jacket.

Day 4

Shirt by J Crew; Denim by Juicy Couture Mens; Sneakers by AllSaints
Spitalfields; Sunglasses by Prada; Bracelets thrifted

For a long day of walking, it’s hard to beat jeans and sneakers.

Extra Tip : Accessories are a great way to differentiate your looks without taking up a lot of space in your bag.

Day 5

Shirt by Gant Rugger; Chinos and sneakers by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Scarf by Rag & Bone; Sunglasses by Bulgari; Bracelets thrifted

Casual but comfortable.

Jacket by Bamford & Sons; Shirt by Gant Rugger;
Chinos and shoes by AllSaints Spitalfields; Scarf by Rag & Bone

Change your shoes and throw on a jacket and you can quickly be ready for a night out.

Day 6

Shirt by Elie Tahari; Chinos by Gant Rugger; Shoes by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Hat by Coal Headwear; Laces from Allen Edmonds

Blue and gray is a natural pairing, and the blue pants bring out the gradation of the ombre check in the shirt.

Extra Tip : On an overcast day, a hat can often take the place of sunglasses.

Day 7

Jacket by Bamford & Sons; Shirt by J Crew; Denim and shoes by
AllSaints Spitalfields; Tie by Rag & Bone; Tie bar by Link Up;
Pocket square by Brooks Brothers

Travel day with a last minute business meeting? Just lose the tie, grab your bags, and go.

Wherever you are traveling, make sure you keep three things in mind: the weather, your planned activities, and your mode of transportation. Keep your bags comfortably packed (no one wants a lead weight on their shoulder) and don’t be afraid to mix and match your pieces for maximum versatility. And most importantly, have a fantastic vacation.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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