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Q&A: What should I wear on a warm-weather holiday?

Q&A: What should I wear on a warm-weather holiday?

"I get this question a few times a day this time of year, and I always advise packing a smart outfit for evenings, plus a few daytime options," says Thread stylist Alice Watt (who, by the way, thanks Thread users Joe and Graham for this question). "This way you can mix and match—like pairing smart shorts with a t-shirt, or wearing a nicer shirt with more casual shorts—and get more out of everything in your bag. You could theoretically go away for 10 days and bring only the outfits below ... as long as you do some hand-washing along the way!"

Alice shares four tips to packing for warm-weather holidays below. 

Tip 1. Bring something linen

"Linen is cool and breathable—and has a more interesting texture than cotton—so it's the best fabric for looking sharp in the heat. Linen shorts and shirts are ideal for dinners out: wear either with your day clothes and you'll look smarter without having made too much effort."

Photographed: Gant Oxford shirt (£51), Peter Werth linen shorts (£59), Oliver Sweeney slip-on shoes (£149)

Tip 2. Choose swim shorts that look like shorts

"Swim shorts that masquerade as shorts are great because you could wear them around town or to the pool. Look for a solid, neutral colour, a length around your knees and a thicker material. (Orlebar Brown does shorts-style swim shorts really well.) Wear them with a t-shirt on your way to the pool, or go for a polo shirt and minimal trainers for a morning of exploring or a lunch out." 

Photographed: Orlebar Brown white polo shirt (£115), Orlebar Brown swim shorts (£145)

Tip 3. Pack a hat

"Because it protects you from sunburn, a hat is probably the smartest thing you can bring on holiday. The easiest hats to wear well in hot weather are plain baseball caps, or straw fedoras or panama hats ... as long as they have wider brims. If the brim's at least two inches wide, it offers shade (and keeps you from looking like a member of a '90s boy band). Wear one of these hats with a casual outfit and you needn't worry about drawing stares: hats are only attention-grabbing when paired with smart clothes." 

Photographed: Oliver Spencer oatmeal t-shirt (£55), Jigsaw dusty-pink shorts (£49), Y.M.C trainers (£75)

Tip 4. Add some colour

"Holidays offer a good excuse to experiment, and bold colours suit beachy environments. So why not try wearing colour, even if you're usually not keen? I love the t-shirt, shorts and trainers here because they're all slight tweaks on classics. If you're not out to make waves, look for garment-dyed clothes like this t-shirt: they look rich and natural, and never too bright."

Photographed: Jigsaw organic t-shirt (£35), Jigsaw grey shorts (£49)