There are two types of people in this world. Those who plan what to wear for a staycation – simply google ‘Joan Didion Packing List’ – and those who leave it entirely up to chance. Of the latter troupe, it’s just a weekend, you ponder. What’s there to overthink? Well, quite a bit, actually.
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British summertime is the toxic boyfriend of seasons, predictably unpredictable. How much is one to truly treat the weather app as gospel? We’ve been down this road before and it is paved with risk and disappointment. As such, a hooded waterproof jacket does not go amiss. For both fun and functionality, Prada’s appliquéd nylon design is a worthy investment. If this feels like too much of a commitment, a multi-purposeful wrap that can double up as a blanket slash drizzle-repellent, will suffice.
Like toothpaste, or a razor, what you wear to bed is an essential, yet all too forgotten, element on the packing agenda. Yes, there’s a lot of inventory to tick off the wildly optimistic to-do list, but do realign with the real reason you’ve taken a short leave of absence from reality. To relax, break free from obligation, to reconnect with the alien concept that is ‘downtime.’ PJs should not be a mere afterthought. As Charlie Hedin, founder of Tekla Fabrics told us last year, “going to bed and having breakfast in nice sleepwear can enhance your life. It adds another texture to those everyday things you do.”
Again, an extremely useful – if you’re planning on a seaside ‘scape – article to consider. Often, we don’t. (There’s no space in my suitcase = one argument). It’s the piece we love to outsource responsibility to a partner, say, or an Airbnb host. Though, ‘tis time to assume ownership of The Towel. Looking for an upgrade? The choice is boundless, and anything but boring, this summer. From Christopher Kane’s ‘Sex’ emblazoned cotton beach towel from his More Joy line and Louis Vuitton’s rainbow-coloured, monogrammed, style to Frescobol Carioca’s striped linen option for more minimalist sensibilities. Swimwear, naturally, falls under the same umbrella. If you’re in the market for a newbie, let our definitive eco-guide inspire your search this year.
You can get so caught up in the whirlwind excitement of going somewhere, anywhere, that you completely bypass personal style. Routines must be broken; the old you, and by extension, your closet, will be on a short hiatus. Understandable: there is something exquisitely defiant in the act of relegating casualwear (jeans / t-shirts / sneakers / an unremarkable but spectacularly spacious tote etc) moot for a time. And, instead, dig out clothes you rarely wear as an experiment. Maybe this is what it was meant for all along. Though, take heed from the ghosts of staycations past: don’t give up on recycling pieces you enjoy reaching for day-to-day, that you can mix and match. It pays to plug the versatile gap.
Even if you’re planning a mostly sedentary staycation, we’d never suggest not getting dressed up. At least once, for a few hours. As zen Buddhists would say, if not now, when? Anything goes. Of course, eveningwear has likely not been a sartorial priority over the last year. For a sustainable, affordable, and last-minute solution in this category: RENT! There’s so many platforms to choose from – ByRotation, Hurr, Rotaro, to name a few – to dip your toes into dressier waters for the price of one Deliveroo.
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