Men's Capsule Wardrobe for a Weekend Away

Weekend away capsule wardrobe for men

Weekend away capsule wardrobe for men

Outfit to travel in

Outfit to travel in

Change shirt ande shoes for evening

Change shirt and shoes for evening

Outfit for first day exploring

Outfit for first day exploring

Then get changed for dinner

Then get changed for dinner

Outfit for second day

Outfit for second day

Dress up for dinner

Dress up for dinner

Outfit for third day

Outfit for third day

Things to Consider

  • Are you heading for a city, beach or countryside - what sort of activities do you have planned?
  • Your clothing choices will depend on the likely weather conditions - take shorter and lighter layers when it's hot, thicker and longer ones for cooler months.
  • Clever layering is the best way to cope with changeable conditions - e.g. wear or carry a jacket, over a fleece, over a t-shirt.
  • Are there any cultural obligations in the area? See our destination pages for more advice.
  • Pick generally smarter pieces which you can wear out for dinner, then wear them for activities the next day.
  • Choose one outfit to travel in - wear your bulkiest clothes and shoes where possible, and pack one or two other key pieces in a small bag or case.
  • Pick a simple colour scheme of neutrals plus one or two statement shades. Make sure all your clothes co-ordinate so they can be mixed and matched.
  • Download our complete packing list below for all quantities and a checklist of items.
  • Also see our Weekend Away Capsule Wardrobe for Women

What We Would Pack For A Weekend Away

Casual top

Casual Tops

Pack simple tops in your favourite colours that will match your trousers and shorts. Collared t-shirts or shirts can be worn for casual evenings, then wear by day for sightseeing. Depending on the climate choose from long or short-sleeved, or a mixture.

Suggested buy: Fruit of the Loom Cotton Polo Shirt by Amazon

Smart shirt

Smart Shirts

Choose smart shirts that can be dressed down with jeans or up with trousers. Short sleeved are fine if you prefer, but don't forget there may be chilly air-con in some restaurants.

Suggested buy: Russell Long Sleeve Fitted Shirt by Amazon

Fleece

Fleece or Light Sweater

Even in hot climates a breeze can make it feel cool in the evenings, whilst inside air-con can also make it chilly. A fleece is light, cosy and packs well - or opt for a smart sweater if you prefer.

Suggested buy: The North Face Glacier 1/4 Zip Fleece by Amazon

Casual trousers

Casual Trousers or Shorts

These should be practical for days out. Choose fabrics that dry quickly in case of rain. Styles with detachable legs are a good option for varied temperatures.

Suggested buy: Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pant by Amazon

Smart-casual trousers

Smart-Casual Trousers

Choose a pair that are comfy for day wear (team with a t-shirt and walking shoes) but can also be worn to dinner with smarter shoes and a shirt. Smart dark jeans would work well, or try a lighter Chino style in warmer weather. Some hotels and restaurants require men to wear long trousers (not shorts) in the evenings.

Suggested buy: AG 'Protégé' Straight Leg Twill Pants by Nordstrom

Rogue Leather Money Belt

Belt

Adds the finishing touch to an outfit. This Rogue money belt looks like a regular leather belt but has the added bonus of a secure zipped pocket to carry your cash - useful for emergencies, or when sightseeing in busy tourist spots that can be prone to pickpockets.

Buy from us! Rogue Leather Money Belt by WhatToWearOnHoliday

Jacket

Jacket

You may choose to dress up for a concert or the opera, and some hotels or restaurants may have a 'smart' dress code. Team it with your smart-casual trousers and deck shoes.

Suggested buy: Trim Fit Graph Print Blazer by Nordstrom

Tie

Tie

Just in case - a tie may be handy for smart venues, and will take up very little room in your bag.

Suggested buy: Red Navy Square Dot Tie by TM Lewin

Hotter Thor Shoes

Walking Shoes or Trainers

Whether you're heading for city or countryside, you'll need some comfy and practical shoes for walking around. Wear them to travel in too.

Suggested buy: Thor Shoes by Hotter

Hotter Port Shoes

Smart-Casual Shoes

Take a lightweight comfy pair for evenings and relaxed exploring by day. Deck shoes look good with most outfits.

Suggested buy: Port Shoes by Hotter

Canvas Breezy Sun Hat

Hat

Essential for sun protection in hot weather, or choose a woollen style to keep out the cold and wet in cooler climes.

Buy from us! Canvas Breezy Sun Hat by WhatToWearOnHoliday

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

The sun (or snow!) can be bright even in winter, and if you're out all day it can be a strain on your eyes - especially exploring with lots to see.

Suggested buy: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer by Amazon

Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Good sunscreen is essential in hotter climes, and don't get caught out on cloudy days either - you can still get burnt. Remember that water will reflect the sun's rays too. Choose a product with a high SPF (protects from UVB rays) and also look for the star or PA rating which indicates protection from UVA.

Suggested buy: SPF 30 PA+++ Water Resistant Sunscreen by Murad

Packaway rain jacket

Packaway Jacket

A light packaway raincoat is a good idea to carry with you on days out - it's ideal in case the weather changes quickly or you experience a sudden downpour. You can layer up underneath for warmth if necessary, or opt for a more substantial jacket in cooler months.

Suggested buy: Result Waterproof Jacket by Amazon

Fold Away Day Sack

Day Sack

You'll need a lightweight bag for all your sightseeing essentials. Our packaway day sack folds up into itself and fits easily in your suitcase when not in use. It's surprisingly roomy, showerproof and light to carry - even in hot weather.

Buy from us! Fold Away Day Sack by WhatToWearOnHoliday

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