What is it about escaping off somewhere sunny for a quick two or three nights that feels so naughty?
Whether it’s because we feel like we’re somehow beating the system in hopping on a plane on a Friday evening, or it’s because we’re temporarily abandoning our staid sense of duty, the summer weekend mini-break is a quintessentially British pastime.
Moreover, it gives us a chance to dress up little and enjoy wearing some holiday clothes that we might not necessarily feel comfortable in at home. A swish hotel, cobbled Southern European streets and a weekend spent dipping in and out of art galleries call for suitably glamorous attire, after all.
What follows then are are few suggestions for The Jackal’s indispensable weekend away wardrobe, we hope they help to expand your style horizons this summer.
Anderson & Sheppard cotton striped sweater
Anderson & Sheppard’s fine-gauge crewnecks are something of a cult favourite among sartorialists, an understated luxury that practically screams ‘summer’. At the Anderson & Sheppard haberdashery on Clifford Street you can pick them up in classic navy and cream, or French blue and white, but this muted dove grey and ecru piece for Mr Porter is if anything even chicer. With its neutral colours and slim stripes, it’s a refined take on the classic Breton tee, that’ll sit comfortably with everything from an unstructured navy blazer to beige chinos or pleated tailored shorts.
£235, shop now
P. Johnson tobacco linen trousers
Another undervalued summer wardrobe staple, tobacco linen trousers can come across as a tad old-school, but this trim pleated pair from Australian tailor P. Johnson, stay on the right side of contemporary. In heavy Irish linen that rumples more than creases, with pressed pleats and tapered legs, these are comfortable, surprisingly travel friendly and feel seriously good on. They’ll also work a treat with your new A&S striped sweater. Tuck it into your trousers and finish with a dark brown woven leather belt for a modern take on classic Riviera style.
£295, shop now
Lock & Co classic Panama hat
What else would you expect we recommend? The humble Panama is a city-break staple, and although they can be a little intimidating to wear, there’s no danger of that here. This classic style from esteemed St James’s hatter Lock & Co. mixes a mid-high crown with medium width brim – both of which are equally understated. Pair that with the pale colour of the split toquila palms that make up the Panama weave and the hat’s black grosgrain band, and you’ve got the perfect introduction to the Panama hat fraternity. Try it next time you’re away, I bet you’ll fall in love with it.
£265, shop now
Crockett & Jones ‘Lichfield’ loafers
Now these are a bit of fun. In rich tobacco suede, Crockett & Jones’s Lichfield loafers nod to mid-century Ivy League style with their brogued toe-caps, tassels and medium-round toes. The colour’s versatile, Crockett’s suedes are among the best in the world, and on single leather soles these aren’t too heavy to wear in warm weather. Best of all, the style has real character and is smart enough to wear straight out of the office and onto the plane. Easy peasy.
£435, available in store, crockettandjones.com
Ettinger ‘Cotswold’ weekend bag
Ettinger might have named its go to weekender the ‘Cotswold’, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think big. Whether in the boot of the car or the hold of the plane, this handsome thing is perfectly sized for a few nights away. It’s cut from tough cotton drill that’s nonetheless lightweight and finished with the brand’s signature waxy leather trim. There are several handy internal compartments for values, plus an adjustable shoulder strap too. Opt for a sandy colour like this (Ettinger offer several) and it’ll work with everything from your tobacco linen trousers to your Panama hat.
£735, shop now