Spring Into Action

Many of us will be setting off on a mini-vacation this weekend, as we look to make the most of the extended Easter break. Yet whether it be a trip out of the country or a jaunt back home to catch up with family, flying economy may be optional, but packing economically is not.

Being conservative with the clothing you take doesn’t mean cutting down on style – we’re saving space with luggage, not legroom. For one long weekend, you could go almost anywhere, and we’ve got all your style bases covered.

1. The Couple’s Urban Excursion

Whether it’s Paris, Barcelona or Amsterdam, the new couple’s weekend away is most often taken in a city setting, where there are places to go, museums to explore and street food to messily eat while sitting on a park bench – so you’d better dress accordingly.

Firstly, you’ll want to forego suiting unless it’s a very special occasion. Instead, pack a carry-on case of versatile pieces that work hard; think smart-casual staples that you can layer up or wear separately to fit with most occasions and forecasts: a loopback cotton sweatshirt, a few button-down shirts in cotton or chambray, and a couple of pairs of slim-cut jeans or chinos.

If you plan on going out for a nice meal or some drinks in the evening, an unstructured blazer or lightweight sports coat can be thrown over the top of all these pieces, instantly taking your outfit up a notch.

During the day, it’s highly likely that you’ll be spending a good chunk of your time stomping the streets, so practical footwear is a must. Seventies-style trainers – think adidas OG Gazelles, New Balance 420s and Nike Challengers – are streamlined, comfortable and look smart, while leather desert boots are another considered option.

Finally, if you plan on stealing a few kisses in the rain, don’t forget to add a lightweight raincoat to your travel list, and a backpack to carry it in too.

Outfit Inspiration

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Key Pieces
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Cotton Oxford Shirt
  • He By Mango Unstructured Jersey Blazer
  • He By Mango Textured Unstructured Blazer
  • Reiss Washington Concealed Placket Mac Soft Grey
  • J.crew Checked Jaspe-cotton Shirt
  • Incotex Slim-fit Garment-dyed Cotton-blend Chinos
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-fit Cotton-chambray Shirt
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Sullivan Slim-fit Denim Jeans
  • Sunspel Loopback Cotton-jersey Sweatshirt
  • Reiss Raza Leather Backpack Black
  • Adidas Originals Gazelle Og Trainers
  • Clarks Desert Boots In Beeswax
2. The Beach Break With Your Mates

Springtime sun may not be in full force across the majority of Europe just yet but, for a few islands further south, summer has already begun. A weekend away with your partners in crime – whether Turkey or Tunisia – means sun, sand and… sartorial dilemmas: what to wear on the beach?

While it’s tempting to throw all stylish nous to the wind in favour of a relaxing few days footloose and fashion-free, creating a stylish daytime look is easier than you think:

  • Avoid the Roy Hodgson approach – i.e. leave the socks back in the hotel room.
  • Ditch the flip-flops in favour of on-trend pool sliders or a pair of mesh espadrilles for an updated beach look.
  • Lean towards tailored swim shorts (with side adjusters rather than an elasticated waist) in versatile hues that will take you from the beach in the afternoon to the bar at night – just remember to throw on a short-sleeved shirt, polo or racer back vest for the sake of modesty.
  • Super-tight swimwear is really a matter of confidence, so wear at your own risk.
  • Keep patterns simple and colours limited to one or two per item so as to avoid any unsightly clashes.

At night, depending on the average evening temperature, try combining neutral slim-cut shorts/chinos with T-shirts or short-sleeved shirts in summer-ready colours and prints to make an effortless statement.

Finish with loafers, drivers or crisp leather trainers, taking into account your destination and what you will be getting up to (tip: you can wear any of these silhouettes to travel in, saving room in your carry-on).

Outfit Inspiration

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Key Pieces
  • Allsaints Bramford Polo
  • Asos Swim Shorts In Mid Length
  • Asos Vest With Relaxed Skater Fit
  • He By Mango Straight-fit Cotton Chinos
  • Asos Tassel Loafers In Leather
  • Adidas Originals Adilette Sliders
  • Orlebar Brown Bulldog Mid-length Printed Swim Shorts
  • Hentsch Man Printed Cotton-poplin Short-sleeved Shirt
  • Hentsch Man Floral-print Cotton T-shirt
  • River Island Light Blue Acid Wash Oxford Shirt
  • Reiss Wicker Tailored Chino Shorts Navy
  • Rivieras Cotton Mesh Slip-on Shoes
3. Hometown Glory

Sometimes a taste of home is all it takes to make a springtime break. In the spirit, this weekend will probably see a mass exodus out of large cities towards hometowns dotted all over the country. Family and friend reunions often revolve around a not insubstantial amount of eating and drinking – as they should – but that doesn’t mean elasticated waists are necessarily a given.

Instead, you’ll want to opt for relaxed-fit jeans/trousers (and maybe even a pair of tailored joggers), then round out your look with pieces that work for lounging just as well as catch-up lunches: casual button-down shirts, a lightweight merino wool/cashmere jumper and a couple of comfortable cotton T-shirts or Henley tops.

A sturdy pair of boots comes in handy whether you’re stomping through fields or ploughing through sheets of rain on the way to the pub. Leather versions are highly recommended, while more delicate materials like suede are only worth packing if your hometown is not prone to being pelted by the elements.

Style-wise, anything goes, from chukka and desert to lace-up Dr Martens and brogue boots in classic colours like black, brown and deep burgundy.

Outfit Inspiration

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Key Pieces
  • He By Mango Jersey Henley T-shirt
  • He By Mango V-neck Cotton T-shirt
  • Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt With Tartan Check
  • Levis Better Chinos Straight Fit Fallen Rock
  • Ted Baker Sealls Brogue Boots
  • Topman Hudson Houghton Black Leather Chukka Boots
  • John Smedley Marcus Crew Neck Merino Wool Sweater
  • J.crew Slubbed Cotton-blend Sweatshirt
  • Sunspel Sea Island Cotton T-shirt
  • Levis Vintage Clothing 1947 501 Rinsed Regular-fit Selvedge Denim Jeans
  • Steven Alan – Charles Cotton-blend Sweatpants
  • River Island Grey Yarn Oxford Shirt
4. Snow & Ski

Otherwise known as the Easter break of choice for those who are suckers for punishment, trips to high altitude or glacier ski resorts like Tignes or St. Anton will, understandably, be cold. Very cold, in fact.

Consequently, function resolutely triumphs fashion on the slopes. Make sure that ski clothes are tough, durable and very well insulated. When it comes to palette, keep it simple. Too many bells and whistles are unwieldy, and too much neon piping runs the risk of making you look like an extra from Tron.

Good quality sunglasses with polarised lenses will protect from snow glare, and when it comes to your own well-being, it’s best not to scrimp. That doesn’t mean style has to be compromised; brands like Oakley produce a range of styles that are sturdy as well as slick.

This is also not the time or place to recycle your old Christmas jumpers – snowflakes should be seen and not worn. Unfortunately, festive knits do not scream ‘fun’ outside of the festive season; they simply scream for help. That’s not to say the après-ski wardrobe has to be boring, though. Stay stylish on the slopes with slightly more abstract patterns like chevrons, stripes, zigzags, speckled yarns and textured knits.

Finally, if you know what’s best for you, don’t leave home without the following: a padded parka or good quality down coat, a pair of practical hiking boots, heavyweight flannel trousers/twill chinos and traditional winter accessories, such as a beanie, fur-lined gloves and a lambswool scarf.

To read more on this subject, check out our complete guide to après-ski dressing.

Outfit Inspiration

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Key Pieces
  • The North Face La Paz Down Jacket With Hood
  • Allsaints Meakan Crew Jumper
  • Selected Homme Hiking Shearling Look Hiking Boots
  • Club Monaco Slim-fit Cotton-twill Chinos
  • Selected Homme Iconic Arctic Parka Navy
  • Jigsaw Flannel Slim Tailored Trousers
  • Reiss Bishop Monochrome Weave Jumper Black/white
  • Austin Reed Crew Neck Jumper
  • Oakley Frogskin Square-frame Polarised Sunglasses
  • Topman Black And White Cable Beanie
  • John Lewis Wool Large Check Scarf Red/navy
  • Kjus Gsm Bluetooth Gloves
5. Music Weekender

Festival season starts earlier and earlier every year, and this one is no exception. Over the Easter break, we have Annie Mac’s Lost and Found ravefest on the sunny Mediterranean island of Malta, the thinking man’s art and electronic music showcase that is DGTL in Amsterdam, and the more straightforward dance festivities at Time Warp in Mannheim, Germany.

No matter what the temperature is outside, the nights will very likely devolve into a total sweatbox, so layers that can be easily stripped off are a must. Lightweight jackets in dark colours will go with almost anything and for colder climes there are insulated designs that look good, keep you warm, and can easily be folded up or crumpled up into a ball to save space. Uniqlo does a particularly good range of ultra light down outerwear, available in a variety of colours.

Anything goes at festivals, so now’s the time to experiment with colour and print, if that’s your inclination; think tie-dye, striking motifs and patterned shirts. There is such a thing as a tasteful Hawaiian/floral shirt – make sure it incorporates a maximum of four complementary shades, including a neutral base colour to avoid Magnum, P.I. territory. Just because a pattern is loud, it doesn’t mean it has to be obnoxious.

Other key pieces to pack include on-trend typography sweatshirts, durable denim/chino shorts, a pair of jeans and practical footwear that you don’t mind getting beaten up.

For more inspiration and advice, read our comprehensive guide to festival style here.

Outfit Inspiration

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Key Pieces
  • Rains Short Waterproof Jacket
  • Another Influence Tie Dye T-shirt
  • Asos Shirt With Jungle Print And Short Sleeves
  • Ymc Sweatshirt With Hang Loose Paris Print
  • He By Mango Message Cotton Sweatshirt
  • Levis Chino Shorts Fallen Rock
  • Reiss 1971 Martian Palm Print Shirt
  • Uniqlo Men Ultra Light Down Jacket
  • Vans Classic Slip-on Leather Shoes In Black
  • Reiss Cannes Bomber Jacket Navy
  • River Island Orange Holloway Road Botanical Print T-shirt
  • River Island Light Wash Skinny Stretch Denim Shorts
Final Word

You’ve been working hard since Christmas, and the last thing you want is to waste valuable Easter down time thinking about what you should wear. By following the above tips, you’ll spend less time racking your brain on matters of style and more time soaking up the freshly sprung spring.

What have you got planned for the weekend? And what will you be wearing?

Let us know in the comments section below.