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Our stylist's holiday packing list

Our stylist's holiday packing list

After a long while of complicated travel, not-recommended travel, and just no travel at all, we suspect you might be feeling a tad rusty in the packing for a holiday department. Then again, it’s never really been easy. But, with holiday bookings in abundance this year, now is the best time to break down what to pack for your next getaway.

So whether you’re the type to pack 27 pairs of boxers for a seven-day trip, or the traveller who fits everything into a carry-on and wishes for the best, stylist Brian Collins is on hand with a comprehensive list of everything you actually need to guarantee a stress-free, stylish trip. 

The day pieces 

“Relaxed and ready for anything” – Brian. 

The patterned short-sleeve shirt 

A real holiday staple, the patterned short-sleeve shirt works hard to bring any look to life. Make sure to pick one in a lightweight and breathable fabric, that way you’ll be happy to layer it over anything without fear of overheating. A camp-collared iteration always reigns supreme here as the most stylish choice – plus it has “I’m on holiday” written all over it.


The crisp white tee

Because, where can you go without one? Not just a holiday exclusive, the white tee is an all-year-round kind of staple. The styling options are endless here – wear in the day with your swim shorts to take you from beach to bar, or in the evening with your lightweight trousers for a casual dinner look. Plus, it’s the best go-to top for your travel attire too.

The lightweight trainer

Footwear is notoriously the hardest part of packing, and Brian says “if I could, I’d have a fresh pair of trainers everyday, but sadly luggage allowance doesn’t allow for such madness.” So, for a covers-all-bases kind of trainer, Brian recommends a knitted trainer with a cushioned sole for all-day comfort and breathability. 

The linen shorts

Suns out, knees out. A neutral linen short for Brian is a “summer must have.” The lightweight fabric means they’re great for warmer climes, plus the change in texture helps to add a little something to your outfit. Our favourite way to style them is with the patterned shirt we mentioned earlier, but you can wear them with essentially anything – a real grab and goer.


The round sunglasses

Mismatching all the elements of retro and contemporary, these sunglasses are a true all-rounder. And if you were wondering, then yes we do recommend getting a slightly fancier pair. After all, they do last forever. Unless you sit on them. So if you have a habit of doing that, we don’t know what to tell you. 

The night pieces 

“Refined and minimal with some added detail and structure” – Brian. 

The long-sleeve linen shirt 

Linen shirts are timeless, and once you’ve got a good one, you’ll soon find you can’t stop reaching for it. They’re effortless and refined and look particularly stylish worn with a relaxed black trouser for a failsafe evening look. Or, for the daytime, experiment with a co-ord situation and pair with the matching shorts for a textured, monochromatic moment.


Collarless overshirt 

Overshirts are a great alternative to a light jacket – not only are they way more convenient packing wise, they’re also more stylish, especially if you opt for a collarless one. A shirt minus the collar feels a little more laid-back and a whole lot more contemporary. Plus they allow you to show off whatever top you’ve got on underneath – that is if you’ve even got anything underneath. Holiday vibes and that. 

The relaxed black trouser 

A black trouser is probably something you’re familiar with if you’re a regular at the office, but come holiday time, you’ll want to ditch your slacks for something more relaxed. No surprises here, linen is what Brian recommends fabric wise – firstly because they’re breathable, but they just fit a lot comfier too (a bonus if your hotel happens to be all-inclusive).

The technical sandal 

For the times your trainers just don’t quite cut it, a technical sandal offers a fresh alternative. Pick the right pair and you’re in for a right comfy walking partner, and though we’re scared to say this, we are advocates from wearing them with socks. Sorry.

Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Photography: Matt Joy
Styling: Brian Collins