Whether preparing to jet-set off to warmer climates or simply take a local staycation, careful consideration must be paid to packing items that are both practical and in style to channel the jetsetter in you.
With certain styles evolving from technical fabrics to desired and designer collections, summer offers a wealth of on-trend styles that are suitable for any type of travelling.
After all, useful doesn’t have to mean unstylish.
Hand held – Taking off from the Parisian runways, men’s holdalls emerge as a leading trend in oversized accessories and are a perfect travel companion, whether you’re lounging poolside in Palma or basking on the beach in Costa Rica.
Colours are light and bright from tan leathers to primary blues and reds, with contrasting thick straps and trimming. Monochrome graphic prints are an expressive alternative to the bright blocks and also feature on rucksacks and bucket bags.
Carry on – At home rambling down La Ramblas or perched on a chair in Piazza San Marco, women’s rucksacks this year are expressive and bursting with personality.
From small floral prints to angular neon geometrics and large-scale digital prints, the rucksack trend makes travelling stylish and practical. Long strap bucket bags and structured shopper styles are also popular summer accessories that are great for carrying lighter travel items.
Opt for neon pinks and greens, and bold animal digital prints to make a statement in this travel trend.
Desired durability – Perfect for everything from navigating bustling souks and strolling along ancient streets to venturing out on activities and excursions, men’s lace-up waterproof boots, slip on espadrilles and soft-fabric trainers offer practical alternatives to the classic sandal this summer.
Popular in a collection of neutral browns, soft light greys and deep navy blues, durable shoe styles are a strong new edition to summer trends and should be carefully considered when planning and packing for trips, whether you’re headed for a luxurious break in Monaco or exploring the Pampas of Argentina.
Supportive style – For the even the most fashion-forward and intrepid travelling woman, there are times when skyscraper stilettos just won’t do.
Look to the practical shoe trend alternatives to ensure travelling is both comfortable and stylish.
The ankle strap is one of the biggest looks introduced this year and, coupled with foot bridge straps, offers support and security to summer shoe styles, protecting you from taking a nasty spill on that charming cobblestone street in Prague.
The pointed toe revival makes flats elegant and lengthens legs. Walk in these shoes from morning to evenings in floral, digital print and patchwork appliqués with clashing summer pinks, purples, blues and greens.
Classically cool – Structured and lightweight are the two essential criteria for men’s headwear this summer – the ideal specifications for travelling.
Classic trilby, panama and straw hat styles in light beach colours offer protection from the blazing Turkish sunshine, while bright bands around brims add personality to this sun-safe style.
Vital for any type of travel, from napping on Grecian isles to sunbathing in Munich’s Englischer Garten, these trends are practical, breathable and a consistent summer must.
Drawing the straw – Whether you’re trying not to melt in Malta or breezing along Lake Geneva, women can choose from three main styles to see them through travelling this summer.
Oversized floppy hats are great for an exotic vibe, with soft whites and golden sandy hues the favourite colour choices. Their wide brims and glamorous connotations add a little sophistication to travels with the ultimate sun coverage for eyes.
Dodging motorcycle taxis in Bangkok or transferring from metro to tram to ferry in Amsterdam calls for smaller sunhat styles like structured straw fedoras and flexible grass sunhats.
Both styles are popular in light straw, while bands of block colour and floral print ribbon have made it from the catwalks to styling the streets of the world.