European Summer Must-Haves

Blog 32 - European Summer

While the sun beats down heavily on us, it is hard not to dream of a cooler getaway. How about a trip to the beautiful Croatian beaches, sipping on frozen margaritas or the Swiss Alps for a ski trip, or a stroll through the vineyards of the best wine makers in France, or maybe even a quick shopping trip to London for some fabulous days filled with beer, soccer and retail therapy.

Whatever your choice of destination, the travel style quotient should not be compromised. Here is a look at some of the travel essentials for a European holiday.

The key to a well-styled holiday wardrobe is to keep is casual and chic. While packing your case, men must start by choosing the correct pair of shorts, not those god-awful Bermuda shorts. Opt instead for a pair of well-tailored slim fit shorts such as the ones from Hugo. They will be great for a brunch or a yacht party.

While comfortable footwear such as sneakers or leather sandals are essential for a day stroll through the lanes of Italy or a hike in a town in Spain, it is equally important to pack a pair of leather shoes that can take you from day to evening wear with ease. Check out the brogues with a high-top styling from Fred Perry. Casual enough for a shopping trip and yet fancy enough for a night out.

Now, while you may have your clothing and shoes all sorted, the other thing that can make or break your style statement are the accessories. Now boys, please pay attention: pack a hat, not a cap. A hat is what can turn your super lazy outfit into something super chic. As if we needed any better reason to lay our hands on the trilby hat from Ted Baker: a dapper headgear with a stylish striped band running around that can be teemed with any outfit. The next on the list is a conversation starter piece by designer Elliot Rhodes — a silver-toned anchor-shaped buckle that can be put on any belt to jazz it up. This is all you will need to turn an outfit worthy of a champagne flowing, caviar licking yacht party.

The only other thing, gentlemen, that you will now require is an equally stylish bag to carry it all in. Not your regular average piece of luggage, but a beautiful Ted Baker London Holdall bag in pebble grain leather. This bag will not only accommodate all your stylish essentials but also your important documents.

Why backpack through Europe when you can cruise through stylishly, turning heads as you travel.