Summer holiday capsule wardrobe for the fashion-savvy man

For men, fashion should be timeless. Your wardrobe should have a solid foundation of high-quality basics that can be layered together to create stylish everyday looks. When it comes to summer holidays, even the most refined male can get carried away with overly courageous fashion choices that you’ll grow to regret (Throwback to the florescent ‘man-kini’). So, we’ve teamed up with holiday style experts Ann’s Cottage to put together a list of ten holiday wardrobe essentials that will ensure your appearance is consistently stylish from the beach to the bar.

The plain white-tee


The pinnacle of any wardrobe is the humble white T-shirt. Lightweight and fresh looking, the plain Tee offers an air of simple sophistication that makes for a summer holiday essential. Pack a few different style variations to see you through the week, exploring other subtle neutral shades like khaki, grey and maroon to add some diversity to your look.   

The fashion forward swimming trunks

Whether you’re heading to the beach, or the pool, you can be a little more playful when it comes to your swimwear choice. To avoid looking garish, try sticking to one bold block colour, or a neutral floral print for a tropical vibe.

The nautical tee

A stylish layering piece is the ageless nautical tee. Choose Parisian Breton stripes in navy and white, paired with classic chino’s and boat shoes to nail the look. Wear this casual, yet smart outfit for a trip to the marina followed by a late lunch, Or wear with jeans and a contrasting jacket for a cooler city break.

The slogan vest

Vests often get a bad rep for their ‘lad culture’, but they actually make a very practical addition to your holiday wardrobe, especially if you’re visiting a hotter destination (there’s nothing stylish about swear patches!). To avoid looking like a stereotypical lad, save your vest for day time walks to the beach and casual lunches, rather than nights out.

The denim shorts

A summery twist on your usual jeans, denim shorts can be dressed down with a vest during the day, or styled up with a shirt on evenings. Perhaps the most versatile piece in your summer holiday wardrobe.

The tailored shorts

Summers evenings are usually super casual, so you can get away with tailored shorts for evenings. Choose navy, or a sandy colour for a classic, yet contemporary look.

The lightweight shirt


Avoid cottons fabrics in the summer months as they can be hot and uncomfortable. Instead opt for button-down shirts in a lightweight fabric, like linen, to smarten up your evening look.  Wear open for a trip to the beach, or pair with your tailored shorts at night.

The crisp white trainers

Nothing says summer like a pair of fresh white kicks. Ideal for day time strolls and a boozy night on the strip, white trainers are a transitional item that can elevate your look. Vans shoes are an informal, yet trendy choice that won’t go out of fashion.

The ‘cool guy’ shades

Sunglasses not only offer essential eye protection, they make you look ten times cooler. This season it’s all about statement glasses with bold mirrored lenses and clear frames.

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