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Posted On: 13 July 2016 01:15 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:16 pm

ILQ guide: The Vacation Wardrobe

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We all know how stressful packing for a vacation can be. On multiple occasions you end up packing more things than you need. Just a little too much and you are found struggling with excess baggage, a little less and you keep wondering what to wear.

It is even worse when you end up packing the wrong stuff and is found stranded in a beach with a pair of hi-top boots and a thick jogger's fit trouser. So, to help you pack up this summer we have some essentials listed for you!

We have a list of the top summer travel essentials, with no unnecessary extra weight. Follow these tips to pack light but stay stylish and versatile.

- T-shirt

The first thing that pops up in our head when we hear "summer" is T-shirts. Tees are the no.1 essentials for the summer that helps us beat the heat.

Now the question is, what type of T-shirts are the most suitable?

The trick is to find something that has the right thickness and weight, i.e, not too thick to leave you dripping in sweat, nor too light to make you look vulgar. Always make sure that it is made out of 100% pure cotton.


And there you have it. That's the first and foremost item in our bag.

- Breton Top

There's little room for pieces that don't match well with others- meaning most loud prints, experimental cuts and generally "doubts" are out of the question.

A breton top bridges the gap between safe and unwearable, bringing some colour and visual depth to your holiday line-up.

Opt for a long-sleeved version in a medium weight (100% pure cotton styles are always recommended).


Make sure you have a breton top as it is both ageless and timeless, so go ahead and rock those stripes.

- Polo Shirts

Well, we all know how old fashioned polo shirts are but they just don’t seem to get out of style. Like EVER! You could choose a nice navy blue, beige, a nice red or white and any colour and polo shirt would still look good.

Polo shirts are usually made of knitted cloth (rather than woven cloth), made of piqué cotton or, less commonly, interlock cotton, silk, merino wool, or synthetic fibers.


Polo shirts are a must have for every man during a summer vacation.

- Cuban Collar Shirt

Even the leanest suitcase needs a sartorial talking point. For a seasonal piece that makes a statement, consider the cuban collar shirt. This style is one of the growing trends this SS16.

A plain-colour style is a safe bet but we'd suggest taking yours in a subtle floral or print to add a point of difference to the rest of your look.

Pair it with some nice chino shorts and sneakers or loafers. At nighttime you can just throw a blazer on.


Cuban collar shirts are a subtle way to stand out from a crowd. It adds a touch of 50's style to any look.

- Fine-Gauge Jumper

Rather than a hoodie, which can lean too casual, or a jacket, which in many cases ends up warming, a fine-gauge jumper strikes the right balance. It keeps out the cold without cramping your style and is also super comfortable and chic.


Down to your legs, we’ve got it covered!

- Lightweight Trousers

Shorts are the first choice for a man when it comes to warm weathers. But there are many other choices for letting a man’s leg breathe.

Change your denim and jeans out for a lightweight trouser, 100% cotton or cotton-blend trouser.

As a significant piece in your summer style, your trousers need to match with other pieces, so stick to light neutral lines (beige, stone, off-white), shades of blue or even pastels, if you can ace an outfit wearing an ice cream-coloured pair.


- Chino Shorts

Shorts are the best way to beat the heat here in Qatar. Which is where chino shorts come in handy. Just as smart as trousers, chino shorts still work with everything from a T-shirt to a Breton top to a Polo Shirt and a blazer and, of course, they help you stay cool.

Now on to coats to ensure your body looks and stays cooler and smarter.

- Linen Blazer

Even the most low-key holidays have their scrub-up moments. To ensure you’re ready to cut a smart figure whenever, wherever – pack a blazer that doesn’t make you look like you’re on your way to the office.

An unstructured linen or linen-cotton blazer in a neutral colour like beige, grey or even slate blue will instantly sharpen up even your most laid-back looks.


Moving lower to please your feet

Sandals (Or Slides/Flip-Flops)

On the flip side we’re moving on to flip-flops and sandals. Grab yourself a pair of brown or black leather sandals or maybe a cool blue flip flops/slip-ins.

These are extremely lightweight so you don’t have to worry about any extra baggage nor space in your mini-suitcase.



Sandals and flip flops are of course ensuring your summer joy but you need something smarter to have your back if you’re covering a nice evening dinner or a party.

A pair of black, brown, beige or navy blue loafers are no.1 to match your suitcase contents. Loafers are also lightweight and look super cool on shorts and a polo!



First thing’s first, sunglasses. You need to have good pair of shades to keep your eyes protected from the sunshine this summer, and of course a case to protect the sunglasses.

A pair of no-show socks to keep your loafers from ruining your breath of fresh air during your summer. A hat if you wear hats as good as The Mad Hatter!


Viola! you’re ready to zip it up and good to go. Happy packing!