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FAIL-SAFE PICKS FOR A STYLISH HOLIDAY
Going somewhere sunny? Whether you're heading to Ibiza, the Amalfi coast or anywhere else equally exotic sometime soon, don't just wing it when it comes to your holiday gear. Pack smartly with fail-safe pieces that promise to set your beach style apart.
1. STATEMENT SWIM SHORTS
If you want to get noticed for the right reasons on holiday, you need to get your swimwear game on track – and this printed pair from Pucci for Orlebar Brown will do just that. Showcasing the Italian designer's signature swirl design, they're finished with adjustable side fasteners, internal cotton-mesh lining and quick-dry construction, making them a comfortable choice as well as a stylish one.
2. STYLISH SANDALS
Yes, sandals. They may be a contentious item among most men, but the fact is, they've never been cooler. Trust us. From super-sleek leather styles at Gucci to Givenchy's slightly chunkier versions, this season's sandals are elegant and extremely wearable working with everything from tailored shorts to chinos. And if you still need convincing, just look to Steve McQueen; perennial style icon and staunch sandals wearer. Fact.
3. SMART SUNGLASSES
If there's one accessory that will really set you apart on your hols, it's a stylish pair of sunglasses. Don't wait till you get to the beach and pick up a pair that will last you all of two minutes - invest instead in one of this season's solid styles that will work hard all holiday and beyond. Dries Van Noten, Linda Farrow and Ray-Bando the best.
4. BOLD SHIRT
While you can't fault a crisp white shirt, beach holidays call for something that is a little less, well, dull – and it's this punchy printed number from Roberto Cavalli that our men's buying team is falling over. The unapologetic boldness oozes confidence, while the breathable cotton poplin construction promises to keep you feeling comfortable on balmy evenings spent at the beachside bar. Our tip? Keep the rest of your outfit cool and understated to avoid tacky tourist abroad jokes.
5. LUXE CARRY-ON
Remember, holiday style extends to your luggage, so it's time to ditch your cumbersome carry-on for something much cooler. Designed to go the distance, this capacious Givenchy backpack converts into a holdall, making it highly practical – as well as being pretty easy on the eye. Look to the likes of Mulberry, Globetrotter and Herschel for other solid styles.