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Georgia Crewneck T-Shirt
Robert Barakett
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The Perfect T-shirt. A vacation staple, we need t-shirts that are well-made and come in some great summer-ready color. Robert Barakett’s 100% pima cotton t-shirts are soft and comfortable from day one – so they’re also an ideal pick for travel days. The finishing on the neck and sleeves is absolutely exquisite – not a word we use lightly to describe a t-shirt. The side vents on the bottom add a nice detail when you’re wearing it untucked – giving your basic t-shirt a little more style, with absolutely no effort on your part. The modern fit goes up to XXXL, so it’s great for every gent. This rich teal color is our top pick for a warm weather getaway, but it comes in a ton of great colors, as well as some neutrals, so don’t be shy - stock up. If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, James Perse is a favorite.
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03/10/2015

Your Travel Guide for an Easy & Dapper Spring Break Getaway

Spring Break is coming and that’s a great excuse for a well-deserved getaway, whether you have kids or not. You may recall our conversation about packing for a business trip. So, this week, let’s turn our attention to the flip side of packing – for leisure.
Some of the key guidelines on packing for a vacation are the same as packing for a business trip:
1. Pack items that mix-and-match to create all the outfits you need, with as few pieces as possible. If you can fit everything in a 22” suitcase too carry-on, go for it. It will get you through the airport quicker and you’ll avoid the risk of losing your luggage. Vacation is no fun waiting for your clothes to arrive. However, we should point out, that leaving some extra room in your bag to add those inevitable purchases you make, it always a good idea.
2. Fold and then roll your clothes. It actually helps reduce wrinkles.
3. Don’t forget your chargers.
Hopefully, the trip is longer than a typical business trip, though, and we certainly need very different things. That’s where things can fall apart for some. You’ll be relaxing and hanging out by the water, sightseeing, getting in some exercise, or taking a fun excursion during the day. At night you may be going to a relaxing, casual dinner or something a bit dressier and more refined. You may even hit the town for some drinks, and a little local culture. And you want to look appropriate for it all.
Packing efficiently, with pieces you’ll actually wear on your trip, starts with building your travel day outfits. Ensuring you are wearing some key pieces that will work for you once you get to your destination saves space, and makes travel comfortable. You can be stylish and comfortable at the same time, after all.
In our Fashion Finds this week, our “Gents’ 20-piece Spring Break Travel Checklist” lays out all the key pieces you need for a relaxing trip. Here, we’re picking out a few of those pieces to put together your travel day outfit. Even if you’re holding off on a vacation until later in the season, these are picks and tips that will start getting you ready now.
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http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/victorinox-swiss-army-full-zip-sweater/3910835
Victorinox Swiss Army® - Full Zip Sweater
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Victorinox Swiss Army® - Full Zip Sweater
Full Zip Sweater
Victorinox Swiss Army®
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The Light Layer. A sweater is an easy layer for vacation, but it’s also important to be able to use it for multiple purposes – it should be comfortable, functional, and have some style. This Victorinox Swiss Army® sweater has it all. The full-zip makes it easy to get on and off, which is great for those small airplane seats. And the perforated underarm detail provides ventilation – an added bonus with the unpredictable cabin temperatures. Once you hit your destination, you’ll be able to wear it over your t-shirt with shorts in the morning or at the end of the day. But it’s polished enough to also work over a button-down with twill pants for a night out. The modern fit is great for most gents, but size up if you like a loose fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-new-hero-relaxed-fit-jeans-jetty/3989521
AG Jeans - New Hero Relaxed Fit Jeans
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AG Jeans - New Hero Relaxed Fit Jeans
New Hero Relaxed Fit Jeans
AG Jeans
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The Favorite Jeans. These AG’s have the perfectly broken-in “vacation” wash that is versatile enough for all your holiday activities. And the premium lightweight Japanese denim is really soft. Combine that with the modern relaxed fit of this style, these jeans are endlessly comfortable – just what you need for sitting on the plane…and eating well while you relax on vacation. They come in a large range of sizes, including Tall & Big, so these really are made for every gent. For a slimmer fit, J Brand’s version is sure to please.
https://www.everlane.com/collections/mens-bags/products/mens-twill-weekender-bright-navy
Everlane - The Twill Weekender
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Everlane - The Twill Weekender
The Twill Weekender
Everlane
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The Bag. Be efficient, and make sure your personal carry on bag can double as a bag you can use throughout the vacation. (Let’s face it, if you are traveling with family, you know you’re going to be carrying additional stuff throughout your trip.) Everlane’s weekender provides a ton of bang for your buck. The cotton twill is water resistant, and all of the details are really well executed - from the leather straps, to the gunmetal feet and the zip interior pocket. It holds a lot, fits under a seat or in the overhead, and is just plain good looking.
http://www.eastdane.com/jack-purcell-signature-converse/vp/v=1/1534260306.htm
Converse Jack Purcell - Jack Purcell Signature Sneakers
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Converse Jack Purcell - Jack Purcell Signature Sneakers
Jack Purcell Signature Sneakers
Converse Jack Purcell
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The Shoes. There’s nothing like a crisp pair of white sneakers for vacation. Not only do they go with all your vacation clothing, they are light and comfortable. Wear them for travel and it’s one less thing to pack. The Converse Jack Purcell is a classic, with its rubber toe and blue stripe and sole that looks fresh and new again. The padded insole, with Nike Zoom Air Technology (Nike owns Converse), makes them easy to wear while sightseeing or walking around town all day, and into the evening.
 

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