These Are The Only Items You Need To Pack For A City Break

Curate the ultimate capsule wardrobe within a matter of minutes...

We’re swiftly approaching the pivotal sartorial point of the year. Come May, it’s too early to start prepping for our annual summer getaway yet with the influx of bank holiday weekends, we’re desperately seeking the sun. That’s right, we’re finally approaching city break season.

But with limited bag allowance, how can we possibly pack for every potential Instagram opportunity?

Prep for every possible Insta-opportunity...

Whether you’re planning to explore Copenhagen by bicycle or hoping to catch the rays in colourful Lisbon, we’ve curated the perfect capsule wardrobe. So leave your sartorial dilemmas to us and instead concentrate on sourcing go-to spots ahead of your trip.

The Colourful Co-Ord

Trust us, there's no greater investment than a tailored two-piece. And this mustard combo courtesy of Zara is sure to prove a hit with the fashion crowd.

Drape the mustard blazer over your shoulders come evening

Pair the look with box-fresh trainers and you'll be able to cycle through the cobbled streets of Copenhagen to hit up the sights, i.e. & Other Stories. Just before peddling to the local for a nightcap and switching your Nike Cortez for pastel hued mules.

Mix and match your way to sartorial success

The blazer is the most interchangeable piece too of course, as you can team the mustard jacket with a pie-curst collar shirt and jeans in a matter of minutes.

The Day-To-Night Trainers

We apologise for sounding like your mum, but we will not allow you to book a city break before investing in a brilliant pair of box-fresh trainers. If you fancy sporting athleisure, invest in a pair of Nike Cortez (we recommend the red and white lace-ups).

Explore the city by foot in box-fresh sneakers

Or if you're visiting Scandinavia, channel the minimalist aesthetic in a pair of Common Projects' cult sneakers. We also just want to namecheck Veja, the vegan brand renowned for creating sustainable trainers the A-list love. We're looking at you, Emma Watson.

The 'It' Swimsuit

Whether you're trialling the hot spas of Budapest or taking a dip in Lisbon's waves, you'll need to be kitted out in the best attire. We recommend checking out Reformation's debut line for sixties-inspired high-waisted bikinis and gingham swimsuits Dorothy would approve of.

A-list approved Solid and Stiped promises to have your swimwear needs met

We have our hearts set on A-list approved line, Solid and Striped. Just imagine the above Anne-Marie one-piece accessorised with a wide-brimmed hat and supersized straw bucket bag...

The Slogan Tee

Ganni continues to reign the Scandi style stakes and the best way to fit in with the local fashion crowd when visiting the likes of Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm, is don the brand's cult tee. Possibly the most Instagrammed t-shirt of all time, the 'Space Cowboy' tee is most certainly garnering a spot in our capsule wardrobe.

Cult Scandi brand Ganni is a must for city breakers

Simply team with step-hem jeans, backless loafers and a floor-skimming duster. Come evening, don the tee with flares and mules. Easy.

The City-To-Beach Accessory

Ah, any excuse for the supersized straw bag. Whether you opt for a bucket accessory, straw clutch or Scandi-esque basket, we thoroughly approve. Any raffia-based ensemble gets a thumbs-up from us and just imagine the straw accessory on the crook of your arm...

Look to high street favourite Mango for supersized straw wonders

We plan on bagging this number from Mango. Team with frayed white jeans and backless loafers when exploring the city and then trade in your get-up for a one-piece and Birks when tredding the sand.

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