Always pack more shirts than you need. Dark solid-coloured shirts can look sophisticated in shades of blue or brown
but avoid black unless you are planning on impressing the locals with “Sweet Caroline” at the local karaoke
bar. Always pack a couple of sweaters, a fine gauge merino crew as an underpinning piece to pair with a jacket and a
cashmere cable knit to wear over the shoulders.
Take a tie; a deep blue or mink grey silk-knitted tie will complement all of your shirts and takes up next to no
space. Ditto for pocket squares. Avoid cravats, those pre-folded mini-scarves that are worn by provincial antique
dealers at village fetes, but you could be lured by the romance of a proper neckerchief in fine cotton. Who hasn’t
watched To Catch a Thief, envied Cary Grant’s red spotted scarf and been tempted to emulate? But be warned,
there is only a fine line between Riviera chic and Howard’s Way.
If you need a suit, pack something that also works separately, such as a glen check or a blue tropical worsted. Take
the matching waistcoat or be inspired by Anthony Eden’s summer wardrobe with a contrasting white linen vest. Select
cloths that either hold a good shape or crumple elegantly. The better Italian mills have introduced some excellent
wool/silk/linen blends that are light in weight but drape beautifully. Seersucker, the thin puckered fabric, is a
boon to the elegant traveller, especially in tonal shades of dark blue. If you are tempted to indulge in the current
vogue for a wider-leg trouser, this is a good place to start. Try a pair in a lightweight wool or heavy linen. If
you are buying your linen trousers off-the-peg, be sure to avoid the models that are lined; they are harder to press
and wear warm. Self-supporting trousers with side-tabs avoid the need for a belt and are clean and uncluttered, but
if you need to pack a belt, consider neutral coloured webbing that avoids matching issues with shoes.
The right shoes are important. An unlined loafer in reverse calf will complement most looks and a pair of classic
canvas tennis shoes are a good casual choice. If you own a pair of two-tone spectator shoes, now is the
time to wear them. But approach with caution and keep the outfit simple.
Your wash bag is a private matter but I would suggest keeping the following items in it for travel;
Sudocrem(yes, the nappy rash cream) is a very effective anti-perspirant that can also be used on sunburn
and minor cuts. Clarin’s Eau Dynamisanteis a sophisticated unisex fragrance that can be worn in the sun and
has been reported to keep mosquitoes at bay. A Janiedry-cleaning stick removes small stains. And keep a
pair of silk knot cufflinks for when you discover your last clean shirt has double-cuffs.