Smart packing for a weekend city break

Smart but understated – mix and match clothes from Samuel Windsor for a weekend away

Smart but understated – mix and match clothes for a weekend away
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Packing for a weekend city break? Here’s how to travel light by packing three coordinating shirts, a pair of navy trousers and some comfortable shoes. We’re talking easy-going style that’s comfortable, effortless and will see you equally at home sipping a latte at a pavement cafe in Barcelona, strolling the banks of the Seine, or enjoying antipasto in Rome.

Shirts for a city break

Navy check weekend shirt from Samuel Windsor

A button-down collar gives this weekend shirt effortless style
Image source: Weekend shirts from Samuel Windsor

When you’re travelling light, the last thing you want to do is weigh yourself down with too many outfits. Ideally, you’ll be flying with hand luggage only – quite easy if you make the right wardrobe selections.

Three preppy button-down shirts – all with elegant contrasting cuffs and collars, one pair of dark trousers or chinos, and comfy but stylish shoes make an excellent combination that’s ideal for wear throughout your city break. Three variations of the same outfit afford you the opportunity to look refreshed and crisp each morning and you’ll still have a clean shirt to change into for dinner on Saturday evening.

We’ve included a navy check and a gingham – both are excellent day wear; the natty yellow & blue striped shirt raises your level of sophistication just in time for your evening meal. Did you wear a blazer onto the plane? Even better – you’re thoroughly equipped for the theatre, an evening river cruise, the opera – whatever floats your boat.

Chinos for travel

Choose from flat fronted or pleated chinos from Samuel Windsor

Choose from flat fronted or pleated chinos
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During the summer months, go for dark chinos or trousers for your weekend away. Not only will any creases appear less obvious, but the grime of the city won’t show as easily. Here we showcase flat fronted navy chinos which are ideal for smart casual wear.

Choose from standard weight or cool summer weight chinos, and from straight cut in 100% cotton twill, or slim cut featuring a little bit of elastane for comfort. We also have flat-fronted or pleated options from which to make your selection. Travelling in a cooler month? Simply switch to navy blue moleskin trousers or cords.

City break shoes

Prestige driving shoes made from soft Nubuck leather from Samuel Windsor

Two-tone moccasins are made from the finest, soft Italian Nubuck leather
Image source: Prestige driving shoes from Samuel Windsor

Strolling the pavements of your favourite European city is a wonderful way to spend a weekend with a friend or a loved one, but it can play havoc with your feet. And remember, when you’re flying, you’ll want something that allows for comfort at altitude.

These leather driving shoes are slip on moccasins made for just such an occasion. Constructed from super-soft navy nubuck leather, they’re wonderfully lightweight to wear, and yet feature tough soles which will prove more than a match for city streets.

Do your feet get a bit hot when you’re out and about all day? These men’s leather moccasins feature natural leather linings, making them comfortable and breathable for wear with invisible socks, or no socks at all. And the best thing of all? The elegant Italian styling makes these perfectly wearable in the evening too – no need to pack shoes for dinner when you’re travelling the Samuel Windsor way.

Don’t forget to accessorise

Keep the sun off in style with a Panama hat from Samuel Windsor

Keep the sun off in style
Image source: Panama hat from Samuel Windsor

Lift a simple but stylish weekend wardrobe to a whole new level by remembering to pack just a few small accessories. Like a tasteful wrist watch – go for analogue over digital displays and keep the size of the bezel in proportion to the width of your wrist.

A Panama hat is the perfect choice for your weekend getaway, not only because it’s timeless and looks fantastic, but also because when not in use, you can roll it up and pack it away without damaging it.

Add a pair of classic men’s sunglasses and you’re good to go. We recommend Aviators, Clubmasters or Wayfarers – all wonderful vintage styles with modern appeal, and ideal for projecting a sleek, stylish image, which is what city breaks are all about.

For more top tips on packing your suitcase including expert guides on how to fold a smart shirt, t-shirts and other clothes without creasing, explore our handy How To articles.

How do you like our city break outfit? We always love to hear about your clothing combo ideas. Just drop us a line via our Facebook page – which also happens to be the place to pick up the latest style advice from Samuel Windsor.

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