Guest Post by Meagan Morrison, Fashion Blogger/Illustratior of Travel Write Draw
When it comes to men's fashion, versatility is key. A few foolproof items in your luggage will keep you looking fresh and ready for anything that comes your way from day to night. Also, adopting the dress code of your travel destination is not only a great sign of respect but an easy way to avoid being pegged as a tourist - just as Justin James Hughes did in his "Tiny French Bathing Suit" video! Pack these 7 items and you'll be comfortable and effortlessly cool from city to sea:
The Chambray Shirt
A classic denim shirt is the perfect menswear layering piece while traveling. It can easily pass as both casual and stylish, whether you leave it undone with a singlet underneath, or buttoned all the way to the top.
The White Denim Pant
White denim pants are the dressier alternative to a basic blue jean and can be matched so easily with tanks and formal shirts. They will take you seamlessly from dinner to a bar or dance floor where the dress code is a bit stricter.
The Thong Sandal
Trade in your thick strap sandals for a classic Havaianas flip flop and automatically up your fashion game. The thinner straps are way more contemporary and will keep the overall look feeling modern and understated.
The Wayfarer Sunnies
There is no sunglass silhouette in the history of design more flattering on men than the Ray-Ban Wayfarer. It adds an air of mystery to anyone who wears them. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the folding classic for a little more functionality.
The Printed Swim Trunks
Although I’m totally in support of playing into cultural customs, I do think speedos are better left to Olympic swimmers. Instead opt for a fun, eye-catching printed swim trunk. They show confidence and are definitely a fun conversation starter.
The White Sneaker
For the nights where you need to be in dress shoes, white sneakers are the fashionable alternative. They look amazing with both light and dark denim jeans and don’t come across like you are ready to hit the gym!
A longer singlet is also a perfect layering piece to pair with your chambray shirt, white denim jeans, and Havaianas. It also elongates the torso in a really flattering way. This is one item you could definitely buy multiples of and wear interchangeably throughout your trip.
About the Author
Meagan Morrison is a Toronto-raised, New York-based, fashion illustrator and the creator behind Travel Write Draw.
She draws inspiration from her adventures abroad, through a fashion-art lens, to share with her audience. She partners with the world’s leading fashion and travel brands on custom illustrations and social media content.