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June 23, 2015

20 Easy & Dapper Summer Vacation Must-Haves

Who doesn’t love a good vacation? But we know that warm feeling doesn’t usually carry over to packing for it. Luckily, that’s just part of the fun for us. And as we talked about in this week’s Clothes & Conversation “ The Gents’ Guide to Efficient Packing for That Big Summer Vacation” packing key pieces that can be worn for a variety of activities, and with a variety of other items you’ve packed, will create looks that are appropriately dapper for every setting and still leave room in your bag to pick up some new things along the way. We’ve narrowed down the list to 20 key must-haves for exploring new cities, taking in new sites, and having a whole lot of good-lookin’ fun.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We’d love to hear about your trip and your packing successes/challenges. Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/cotton/PRD~C6550/C6550.jsp
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J.Crew - Cotton Henley Hoodie
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1. The Always Useful Light Layer. In Clothes & Conversation, we highlighted a classic, crewneck sweater for your trip. This J.Crew hoodie is an equally versatile option, with a sportier twist. The button up placket and subtle neutral stripes (you can zoom in on them through the ‘shop it’ button) make it casual for shorts and swim trunks, yet it is still polished enough for any of the pants we’ve found for your trip this week. It is the perfect weight for a cooler evening and an over air-conditioned plane or museum. The fit is typical J.Crew - modern and not too oversized.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/james-campbell-earl-diamond-regular-fit-short-sleeve-sport-shirt/3974158 James Campbell - Earl Diamond Regular Fit Short Sleeve Sport Shirt
James Campbell - Earl Diamond Regular Fit Short Sleeve Sport Shirt
2. The Casual (Short Sleeve) Sport Shirt. Just because we’re suggesting pieces that can easily mix-and-match, doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some color. The small diamond print on James Campbell’s short sleeve shirt breaks up the red ground, and the enzyme finish gives it a muted tone that looks great with jeans – both the denim ones in this list and the grey twill from Clothes & Conversation - for a night out. It pops nicely under a navy blazer, too. For a day of sightseeing, you can just as easily wear it with basic, tan shorts. The modern fit is the ideal middle ground between gentleman (relaxed) and contemporary (trim), so it works on most every gent.
http://www.zappos.com/fred-perry-slim-fit-twin-tipped-fred-perry-polo-sky-blue-port-indigo Fred Perry - Slim Fit Twin Tipped Fred Perry Polo
Fred Perry - Slim Fit Twin Tipped Fred Perry Polo
3. The Perfect Polo. The polo style knit shirt was originally created by a tennis player and some of the best ones continue to come out of the world of tennis. Fred Perry was a star English tennis player in the 1930’s, and this polo from that line is made of high-quality pique cotton that has sporty tipping for timeless character. The contemporary, slimmer fit is very comfortable but gives a more refined look to your shorts, jeans and khakis. It comes in many colors through the ‘shop it’ button, and we’re picking this sky blue for it’s neutrality and summery feel.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shirts/irishlinen/PRDOVR~A2292/A2292.jsp J.Crew - Irish Linen Shirt
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4. The Linen Shirt. A white linen shirt is a summer classic and great for travel, assuming your destination isn’t cold. Whether you roll up the sleeves with your shorts or give it a dressier feel under your blazer, the casually cool look of this fine quality Irish linen will deliver. J.Crew went to one of Ireland’s best linen resources, Baird McNutt, to create this modern-fitting shirt, and it won’t disappoint. Linen looks best with a little wrinkle to it, so this is a great option to pack since ironing is not required. Tip: hang it in the bathroom while showering to let the steam relax any hard creases.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tailor-vintage-grove-madras-reversible-shorts/3935709 Tailor Vintage - Grove Madras Reversible Shorts
Tailor Vintage - Grove Madras Reversible Shorts
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5. The 2-in-1 Reversible Shorts. What can be better than a pair of reversible shorts for vacation? You get two shorts and only need to pack one. So, if you were glancing through this list and wondering where the basic shorts are…they’re here. The other side of these modern fitting Tailor Vintage shorts is a simple, solid stone. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see the alternate images. Wear the plaid size with any white, blue, or orange top…and then wear the other side with everything else. The 10½” inseam hits at the knee for a modern Bermuda length, so it’s appropriate in many settings.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Check-Long-Sleeve-Sport-Shirt-Navy/prod182290035_cat21150732__/p.prod Peter Millar - Check Long-Sleeve Sport Shirt
Peter Millar - Check Long-Sleeve Sport Shirt
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Peter Millar - Check Long-Sleeve Sport Shirt
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6. The All Purpose Sport Shirt. Keeping your shirt patterns classic and easy is key to easy vacation packing. Peter Millar’s relaxed, modern fit and timeless gingham check works with all the neutrally colored bottoms and denim in this week’s lists, and looks dapper under the blue sport coat you pack. For a similar contemporary fitting option, J.Crew has a great alternative that fills all the same needs.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-talbott-fabiano-california-classic-fit-italian-cotton-sport-coat/3884960 Robert Talbott - Fabiano California Classic Fit Italian Cotton Sport Coat
Robert Talbott - Fabiano California Classic Fit Italian Cotton Sport Coat
7. The Unstructured Blazer. We are big believers in having a blazer with you on vacation – you can even wear it on your travel day, since those extra pockets for tickets and passports always come in handy. (And let’s face it, it’s not unheard of to find that gate and flight attendants tend to be nicer to gents that are well dressed.) This cotton blend softly, constructed sport coat from Robert Talbott has a relaxed, modern fit and look that is vacation-right. The rich blue is just the right shade to work with any color bottoms, and dark wash jeans. The patterned button up and white linen shirts in this list look great under it for a nice evening out.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/james-perse-crewneck-jersey-t-shirt/3184313 James Perse - Crewneck Jersey T-Shirt
James Perse - Crewneck Jersey T-Shirt
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Crewneck Jersey T-Shirt
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8. The Essential T-shirt. We talked about the merits of a quality t-shirt in this week’s Clothes and Conversation, and our other favorite is from James Perse. This one has a somewhat trimmer, contemporary fit and the amazing quality of the textured cotton is visible, so you’ll have a polished look with your shorts, pants and jeans. After all, no one wants to look like a crass tourist, while tooling around a new town, right? James Perse is known for using the finest materials and paying attention to the details, so this shirt will hold up to endless wears. We are picking the bluestone pigment color shown here for it’s versatility for everything in today’s list, but there are many great colors to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vineyard-vines-summer-flat-front-twill-shorts/4103509 Vineyard Vines - Summer Flat Front Twill Shorts
Vineyard Vines - Summer Flat Front Twill Shorts
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9. The Pop of Color. We’ve been picking a lot of neutral blues, stones, and greys to make mix-and-matching a breeze. But that also means a couple of color pops will incorporate into your vacation look with ease. And what might feel a bit bold for the golf course at home, looks great on vacation. Vineyard Vines preppy aesthetic is ideal for these Sunrise orange soft cotton twill shorts. It’s a color that pairs with any of the blue t-shirts and polos we’ve picked in this list, and of course works with any neutral – like the white linen shirt, beige hooded sweater, or a simple grey t-shirt. The timeless fit and 9” inseam hits that hits slightly above the knee is perfect for short and tall gents, alike.
http://www.joesjeans.com/Straight-Leg--Classic/-5337661755417489412/Product?sku=PJFR8229-28-FRI Joe's Jeans - Straight Leg Classic Jeans
Joe's Jeans - Straight Leg Classic Jeans
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10. The Go-to Jeans. Besides the obvious appeal of a great pair of jeans to wear on a travel day, dark wash denim will get you through a lot vacation activities – from sightseeing to dinner. These Joe’s jeans have a deep hue, but with a touch of light fading and whiskering for that effortless finish, ideal for vacation. They have a classically modern fit and timeless straight leg, with a touch of tencel and stretch for added comfort. For a trimmer, contemporary fit these Joe’s are a winning alternative.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Michael-Kors-Woven-Track-Pants-with-Mesh-Pockets-Black/prod180230027_cat50070750__/p.prod Michael Kors - Woven Track Pants with Mesh Pockets
Michael Kors - Woven Track Pants with Mesh Pockets
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Michael Kors - Woven Track Pants with Mesh Pockets
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11. The Relaxed Pants. We know a lot of gents love the comfort of track style pants for travel. So, let’s keep them current and stylish with this pair from Michael Kors. The elasticized drawstring waist and modern, relaxed fit make them seriously comfortable, while the slightly tapered leg with ankle cuffs give them the right amount of athletic sophistication, so you can wear them while you’re doing sightseeing or traveling.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/showers-pass-crossover-full-fit-waterproof-jacket/3888519 showers pass - Crossover Full Fit Waterproof Jacket
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12. The “Be Prepared” Jacket. It’s not an ideal way to spend a vacation, but this jacket will keep any rainy or super windy day from being a complete wash out. This showerpass jacket is completely waterproof and wind resistant. It’s designed for biking, but that just means it’s going to seriously protect you from the weather with its adjustable cuffs, and cinchable hem and hood. Aside from the technical bells and whistles, it’s just good-looking – especially in the featured rust orange. It is easy to pack and a piece you will surely appreciate if you are caught in the rain.
http://www.zappos.com/brooks-pureproject-10-short-heather-black Brooks - PureProject 10" Short
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13. Yes, The Workout Gear. Whether you’re a runner exploring the streets of a new city or taking advantage of the hotel’s gym, these Brooks shorts will get the job done. Following our mantra of mixing-and-matching and packing items with multiple uses, these shorts have both fashion and function. They are highly rated by running magazines, with 4-way stretch and wicking properties to fit well and help keep you dry. And they also have functional pockets, an appropriate 10” length, and good-looking woven fabric to also make them a stylish and functional option for a casual vacation day.
http://www.eastdane.com/potential-shoulder-bag-master-piece/vp/v=1/1540822420.htm Master-Piece - Potential Shoulder Bag
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14. The Functional Tote. In Clothes & Conversation, we picked a roomy tote if you’ll have a lot of stuff to carry with you throughout your trip. Oftentimes, though, a smaller bag is really all you’ll need. And if that’s more you, this sling back bag is just awesome. It’s easier to deal with than a backpack and still allows your hands to be free – great for a day of sightseeing or traveling, and still big enough for a tablet or smaller computer on the plane. And let’s face it, it’s just plain great-looking. It’s made by Master-Piece, a Japanese company that has been making innovative, high-quality bags like this one since 1994. The quality really is top notch, with a durable and lightweight nylon fabric that is trimmed with leather, and well thought out usability. The interior has organizer pockets and a secured zipper closer. There is also an exterior zip pocket for your phone and other items you want to get to quickly. The strap is adjustable, so it will fit on any gent seamlessly.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/katin-trunk-reversible-bucket-hat/3948801 Katin - Trunk Reversible Bucket Hat
Katin - Trunk Reversible Bucket Hat
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15. The Hat. It may seem obvious, but it’s an easy accessory to overlook – especially if you’re thinking about exploring a new town over hanging out on a beach every day. But it’s a must-have in both setting, since you’ll need to keep the sun off your face and off the top of your head. Bucket hats have returned to the men’s fashion scene and since they are so practical, we are on board. They provide more overall shade and coverage and are easy to pack or stuff in a pocket. Katin’s version had a good-sized brim and a cool washed blue color that reverse to and equally neutral sage, so you can wear it with everything.
http://www.zappos.com/asics-gel-kayano-21-grey-beige-black-gold Asics - GEL-Kayano® 21 Sneakers
Asics - GEL-Kayano® 21 Sneakers
16. The Practical Shoes. If your vacation involves lots of walking, the most important item in your suitcase is going to be your walking shoes. Sore, achy feet ruin a vacation, so this is not the place to be cheap. Designed for running, these Asics are consistently rated as one of the best walking shoes, too. All of the iconic technology used in designing these sneakers work to absorb impact and provide maximum support, and the open mesh upper is breathable to keep your feet comfortable all day. While they are available in a lot of sporty color combinations, we’re suggesting this grey combination. It is neutral and subtle, so they will look perfectly appropriate with all of your shorts, khakis and jeans. And hey, if you’ll be getting in some workouts, you now have one less pair of shoes to pack.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cole-haan-todd-snyder-willet-nubuck-plain-toe-derby-men/3889384 Cole Haan & Todd Snyder - Willet Nubuck Plain Toe Derby
Cole Haan & Todd Snyder - Willet Nubuck Plain Toe Derby
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Willet Nubuck Plain Toe Derby
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17. The Other Shoes. As much as we want to minimize the amount of shoes we pack (unlike some of our female travel partners), the reality, gents, is that you need to have an alternative to sneakers or flip flops on vacation – especially if you’re hitting a city. So make it a really versatile pair, like these Milkshake tan nubuck oxfords. They’re a great neutral that work with denim, stone, white and pops of color, too. The combination of Cole Haan’s comfortable fits and Todd Snyder’s snappy design will have you going out to dinner – and then walking around your chosen destination – in style and ease.
http://www.ray-ban.com/usa/sunglasses/RB4105%20unisex%201-wayfarer%20folding%20classic-black/805289154587 Ray-Ban - Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses
Ray-Ban - Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses
18. The Sunglasses. A critical vacation item, your sunglasses need to protect your eyes from both UV and UA rays, be comfortable, look good and be easy to store away. And all that means one thing – you need the Foldable Wayfarers from Ray-Ban. This style not only a truly classic, but it’s also a current fashion staple. Since they’re from Ray-Ban, you know all your optic protection needs are covered. And the foldable style makes it so easy to always have your sunglasses with you. They fold up small enough to even just put in your pocket. We’re directing you to Ray-Ban website, where they offer free shipping and free returns to make your life easy and your decision making a breeze.
http://www.tumi.com/p/electric-grounded-adaptor-014395D Tumie - Electric Grounded Adaptor
Tumie - Electric Grounded Adaptor
19. The Tech Savior. If you find yourself traveling between countries or between continents, make sure you can always charge your devices with this grounded electrical adaptor from Tumi. It has four different plug configurations that work in 150 different countries. It even comes with its own nylon case to protect it in your bag. We’re directing you to Tumi’s website, where they offer free shipping and returns, so you can buy with confidence.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/underwearsleepwear/loungepants/PRDOVR~A2069/A2069.jsp J.Crew - Pajama Pant
J.Crew - Pajama Pant
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20. The PJ’s. When you’re lounging around your room, or answering the door for room service, make sure you don’t forget a comfortable pair of pajama bottoms. J.Crew always does these well, with some really soft materials. These are cotton in a timeless stripe that you’ll love for years. They always have nice attention to detail too, like a comfortable elastic and drawstring waist, and pocket details. The fit is typical J.Crew – modern and “everyman”. Feel free to size up if you want a truly relaxed fit.
 

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