Whether you’re in need of some serious R&R or simply want to top up your fading tan, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s time to start counting down to the sun-drenched days of summer. The more prepared among us will have already planned their summer getaways in order to snag travel agents’ best deals, but if you’re still at a loss as to where to sun yourself this season – and what to wear while doing it – then British brand Ted Baker is here to help.
Introducing Ted’s Dream Destinations Holiday Shop – an edit of the best off-the-beaten-track summer holiday destinations and a carefully selected collection of clothing and accessories to match.
From wool and linen tailoring to smart-casual separates in vivid prints, leather accessories to tech essentials, the Holiday Shop brings together the pieces you’ll need to stay cool and look smart whether you’re bound for the beaches of Belize, or the sand dunes of the Sahara.
Lake Hillier, Australia
Giving a whole new meaning to ‘pretty in pink’, Australia’s Lake Hillier is first on the holiday hit list. Situated on the edge of Middle Island off the south coast of western Australia, this 600m long saline lake is permanently pink due to the presence of a micro-algae called dunaliella salina, making it prime Insta fodder.
What to wear for the pink-tinged selfie? Try a pastel-coloured graphic T-shirt paired with a pair of classic swim shorts in navy, deep purple or coral, and finish off with a pair of minimal leather sandals and a smartly tailored linen jacket – this is one vacation snap you’ll want to look sharp for.
From pelican pink to striking blue, next stop: the north-western Moroccan city of Chefchaouen and its many cobalt-rinsed buildings. Founded in 1471 and nestled in the Rif Mountains not far from Tangier, Chefchaouen (often simply ‘Chaouen’ to the locals) boasts around two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of tourists eager to see the brightly coloured architecture first-hand.
While a tonal camouflage blue shorts suit could make for a good photo opp, you’ll probably want to be able to distinguish yourself from your surroundings for most of your stay. With that in mind, we’d suggest a pair of Ted’s slim-fit cotton chinos in burnt orange or beige, a geo print short-sleeved shirt and either a herringbone linen blazer or linen bomber jacket depending on whether you’re keeping things casual or dressing up for the occasion.
A pair of suede driving shoes and a block-colour belt make for the perfect finishing touches.
Desert Nomad House, USA
Keen to get away from it all? Destinations don’t come much more remote than the Desert Nomad House. While not technically a viable vacation spot (the building is a privately owned residence), you’d probably be able to win the current owners over with, oh, say a few million dollars in pocket change.
Tucked away in the middle of the Arizona desert, the Desert Nomad House is the perfect setting for reacquainting yourself with that all-American staple: denim. Team Ted’s dark wash denim jacket with a pair of herringbone linen trousers and a plain or patterned long-sleeved shirt for something that’s the right side of rugged.
Then, top it all off with a pair of printed leather wingtip brogues for a dandier take on the classic cowboy boots. And a book wouldn’t go amiss either – you’re not going to be doing much socialising.
Las Pozas, Mexico
Dubbed a ‘Surrealist Xanadu’, this breathtaking sculpture garden hidden in the depths of Mexico’s Huastecan jungle is the life’s work of eccentric English poet and artist Edward James.
Inspired by the off-the-wall aesthetics of the Surrealist movement, Las Pozas’ concrete sculptures provide the perfect backdrop for a graphic or full-on floral print. We’d suggest packing Ted’s printed floral blazer, cotton roll-sleeved shirt, wool suit trousers and a paisley print tie or pocket square for an unconventional look that is as eye-catching as your surroundings.
Alternatively, try a jacquard blazer and shirt combination with wool suit trousers and a muted floral herringbone pocket square for a more minimal, tonal look. Polish off either outfit with a pair of two-tone leather shoes.
No adventurer goes off-road without the essentials, so if you’re planning a trip to one of these less-frequented spots, you’ll do well to stock up on key travel accessories such as sunglasses, well-made shoes, grooming products, bags and sturdy luggage – all conveniently stocked in Ted Baker’s Adventure Essentials shop.
Running the gamut from casual to formal summer-ready clothing and accessories, Ted Baker’s Holiday shop will have most holidaymakers’ sartorial bases covered.
Just don’t forget the sun cream.