What to pack for a stylish summer break

The Jackal’s holiday essentials? Breton stripes, boat shoes and Zadie Smith

In the heat of the summer it’s oh-so-tempting to throw on an old pair of shorts and a basic tee, and call it a day. But nailing a smart-dressing summer holiday look isn’t that hard – you just need a few key pieces for your carry on, and you’re away. Meet your holiday capsule wardrobe.

Armor Lux Breton T-Shirt

There’s nothing that says ‘holiday’ quite like a Breton striped top – and an Armor Lux one at that. The iconic French brand, based in Brittany, should be the first place you turn to for your striped tees this summer. This two tone striped Breton t-shirt makes a great summer alternative to the classic long sleeved marinière, and will go with practically everything in your wardrobe. It’ll look especially ace with khaki shorts and boat shoes.

€69, shop now


Sperry Boat Shoes

Speaking of boat shoes, you just can’t beat a pair of classic Sperry’s – they’ve been making them since 1935, after all. In rich burnished leather, this pair comes in an ‘amaretto’ hue and are water and stain resistant. They’re also hand-sewn, and feature the brand’s signature rubber soles, for a non-slip finish. The perfect summer footwear for land lubbers and water lovers alike. 

£85, shop now

How to pack spring break LAB Series

LAB Series Day Rescue Defence Lotion SPF 35

Bronzing without sun protection is a huge no no nowadays – we all know that. So, ensure your face and scalp are fully protected with this SPF 35 Defence Lotion from LAB Series; it’s a versatile, expertly formulated lotion suited to all skin types. Plus, did you know that environmental pollution can also result in dehydrated and stressed-looking skin? This nifty lotion helps to combat the effects of modern living at the same time, making the little 50ml bottle an essential for your spring break suitcase.

£31, shop now

How to pack spring break Orlebar Brown

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Roc Pool Mid-Length Swim Shorts

Jetting off for some sun can mean only one thing: you’ll need a cracking pair of swimming trunks. There’s none better than Orlebar Brown’s, which cut its swim shorts like a pair of tailored trousers, for a fit that you know will flatter. For SS18 they’ve produced an exclusive collection featuring iconic photos from the archives of Slim Aarons, like these mid-length swim shorts featuring his photo ‘Guests round the swimming pool at the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, Antibes, France’. Nothing will get you in the mood for some sun like these can.

£225, shop now

How to pack spring break Finlay

Finlay Archer Sunglasses

Finding the perfect frames for the warmer months is essential. These quirky-yet-cool sunglasses from Finlay are a great bet for your summer holiday. Made by hand in Italy, the ‘Archer’ style comes in a plethora of frame and lens colours. If in doubt, you won’t go wrong with a classic tortoiseshell number – they’re understated and will pair with anything you so choose. They also have full UVA/UVB protection, meaning you can lap up the sun without a second thought.

£120, shop now

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Don’t forget your holiday reading. Zadie Smith’s latest collection of essays is a joyful, inquisitive and incisive foray into the world of modern consumer culture. She tackles everything from social media to rap music – and everything in between. From JG Ballard to Justin Bieber, via Brexit and Jay Z, this is cultural criticism at its finest. If you like to use your downtime as a chance to catch up with the zeitgeist, then Feel Free is the perfect companion for your next escape.

£14.99, shop now