Height of Summer: Clothes to travel in

With restrictions coinciding with the general pitfalls of travel, there is even more snares to get caught up in. One way to weave through unscathed is by wearing the appropriate attire. Here we offer some light guidance on what to wear this summer, on various modes of transport.

Kay Kendall and Rex Harrison, 1957 (Image by © Corbis)

There was a time when transportation could be as glamorous, comfortable and as fun as the destination you were going to. Bedecked in lavish décor, the carriages of the Orient Express in the 1930s, maintained the same level of style and luxury as the Ritz Paris and the Pera Palace Hotel in Constantinople (Istanbul). On your route between the two hotels, there was no danger of experiencing a downgrade in opulence. Marked by glamour, haute cuisine, and smart passengers, the same can be said for air-travel in the ‘50s and ‘60s. It wasn’t just the glitz of this type of adventure, it was the little things such as the endless leg-room in your seats, zero overcrowding at airports, and minimal check-in times. Fast-forward to today and travelling has never been more stressful. Admittedly, restrictions imposed due to the pandemic do make things more complicated, but even before Covid-19 struck, the pitfalls of travel were plentiful. The problematic elements of travel can be taken out of your control, but they can also be self-inflicted. Your choice of attire on the day can be the difference between a smooth journey and a distressing one. We’re also of the opinion at The Rake, that like the Golden Age of Travel, you should take enjoyment out of dressing stylishly, which doesn’t have to be at the expense of comfort. Here we dissect a few outfits that are well-suited to particular modes of transport.


Freddie Anderson


June 2021


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