Congratulations, sir. You’ve been working hard all year and secured a solid getaway plan this Easter. But for some of us, the Easter break – four work-free days in a glorious row – still manages to creep up unawares. And then there’s the conundrum of what to wear for Easter and pack to make the most of a holiday dash.
Luckily, there’s still some time. Whether the Easter break’s been booked since 2015, or it’s more of a desperate plunge into holiday exodus, we’ve outlined a simple packing guide (and how to wear it) based on five common Easter break rituals. Now, all you need confirm is where you’re going. And if you’re more ‘milk’, ‘white’ or ‘dark’ chocolate.
#1 City Break
Visiting a new city is a cultural way to pass the Easter break. Whether you’re partnered-up or flying solo, cities evoke the inner tourist: endless sightseeing, eating, walking – both day and night. Not wanting to cram too much into your carryon, pack a few smart casual staples: cropped trousers or neat denim jeans, a mid-gauge sweater, plain collared shirt, a basic t-shirt (or two), a casual jacket and leather lace-up shoes.If you’re planning to walk a bit, dress more street: distressed denim or jogger pants, raglan t-shirt and a pair of sneakers. And if a fancy meal is on the menu, a relaxed blazer is a must at night, but leave ties and belts at home for a more on-holiday feel. Finally, check the weather forecast: Easter comes during a transeasonal time of year. So a water/wind resistant parka (or mac coat for something dressier) will protect against nasty elements.
#2 Country Origins
An escape to the country for a long weekend is typically an hour or so drive out of the regular city hustle. And sometimes(because of familial obligations) it’s more a day-long commute back to where you grew up. Given no-one likes a city-boy show-off and, do away with suit jackets and formal trousers around those country cousins of yours, and look to clean, casual pieces with tailored silhouettes. Things to pack (inside a sturdy leather duffle, of course) include: suede loafers, a collared shirt/polo, and tailored shorts or a relaxed-fit chino.
Heritage pieces agree with the countryside too: raw denim (slim, not skinny), a shawl cardigan or cable knit sweater (for the natural texture) and desert boot or canvas sneaker. Layer up with a denim jacket (mix indigo shades in you’re doing double denim) or go American with a denim buttoned shirt (open at the neck) over a white t-shirt, rocking the half-tuck effortlessly. And the Harrington jacket in beige or navy is a superb country jacket, worn over a revere collar short sleeve shirt and cropped chinos. Take inspiration from Steve McQueen‘s iconic Baracuta days, and you’ll be on point. Don’t forgot the Persol shades.
#3 Adventure Awaits
If you’re a go-getter, then the Easter break will involve some sort of adventure – trekking a mountain or hitting the ski slopes. Foregoing style for functionality can be forgiven when catapulting down the Black Diamond, but afterwards – drinking and eating in a cabin around the fire, your après ski attire shouldn’t be ‘tired’. Keep the palette natural (like the landscape that surrounds) mixing fabrics and materials – wool, fur, cord, mohair to make each item stand out.
Apres ski pieces include: a parka or a quilted jacket in downb (both tailored and neat), a rib-knit sweater (avoid kitschy, fair Isle prints), and hiking boots (with a vulcanised rubber sole) or dress derby boots (with traction tread and a chunky for extra grip, and kick).
Promenading on the plains of the savannah? Or taking a mini-Everest trek? Sports-inspired casual wear is the call of the wild. Key pieces include: henley or t-shirts, sweatshirt, windbreaker or zip-through hoodie and shorts (with an easy-go elasticated waist), utilising technical fabrics and sportswear detailing to produce an activewear finish. Keep the colour palette light and earthy when on safari (reflecting the sun’s heat) and dark monochrome for the mountain hike, looking simple and chic. Add trail run sneakers for an athleisure footwear option that’s comfortable and you’ll wear again back in the city.
#4 Beach Bum
Well, bum isn’t the right word, but you catch our drift. Heading seaside? You wont be packing for layering. Rather, lightweight, breezy pieces are essential: cotton tees, swim shorts and espadrilles for the day, and at night a linen button down with tailored, clean jeans (knee-slit rips for a coastal grunge feel) or cuffed chinos in a desert palette for European finish. Just add woven loafers or boat shoes, no socks required.
A pair of the new season’s sunglasses – blue-fade lensed or square aviator metal frames – are a summer eyewear essential. As is headwear; straw fedora with a grosgrain ribbon or a luxury cap with a vintage baseball design. Even lazing by the pool involves a little ‘trinket’ thought. So, accessories – leather cuffs and beaded bracelets – are an easy-to-pack holiday item, which really lift a boring swim short and shades outfit.
Sometimes the long weekend requires down time instead of jet-setting away. So, you staycay (easy enough considering your bedroom is as stylish as a hotel room). So, how does one dress for four days of pizzza and Netflix? Loungewear, of course. Think cotton knit sweaters and light cotton tees paired with sweat pants or elastic waist shorts for something extra special. To avoid entering daggy territory, opt for quality cuts (slim to straight) and fabrics (french terry, cotton jersey and even velour) with athletic details (zips, cuffed ankles or hems) for a finer finish to typical loungewear.
Leaving the bed to top up food supplies at the market, or grab a coffee? Slip on a bomber and white sneakers and the other staycayer’s in your street won’t even blink a brunch-ing, caffeinated eyelid. In or outdoors, keep the colour palette reminiscent of cloudy days and rain, and the contrasting warmth of fabric will create a chill mood. But, it will be hard to break out of the couch-potato coma, come Tuesday. And it’s back to the office, excess chocolate-weight and all.