Staying stylish over the autumn season is the perennial challenge for the gentleman on the move. Wherever you’re heading: a delayed beach break, weekend in the city or a business trip, it’s essential that you look sharp and remain well groomed, even during the more casual autumn months.
Even though air travel may sometimes feel like an assault course challenge, the gentleman traveller should remain uncrumpled and fresh.
1. Pack a punch
Make a style statement with your carry-on luggage. Even though leather is ultra-stylish and hardwearing, it can be extremely heavy, especially if you have a three-mile hike ahead of you to get to Gate Z of your airport.
If you can shoulder the leather, we recommend the Fulton Leather Clayton Duffle from Jack Spade (378£). Ideal for an overnight stay, this duffle is butter-soft, discreet and practical. It’s waterproof, has a shoulder strap, inside organiser pockets and measures 12.3″ x 17.9″ x 9.0″.
What’s the alternative to leather? Well, carbon fiber is the material of the moment and no, it’s not just for your skis. Stylish and light, it’s incredibly strong and hardwearing. We are truly impressed by the Louis Vuitton i8 collection, made in partnership with BMW. It includes a garment bag, business bag and weekend holdall. The collection starts at 2670£.
2. Get Shirty
The subject of travel shirts usually provokes a major debate: color, fabric, sleeve length, button-down collar are just a few of the topics.
When travelling, try to avoid white. The reason? Even if you’re travelling on a private jet, travel can be a dirty business and you’re bound to get grubby, no matter how hard you try. Try a pop of color like this Ridotta II shirt, which is slim fit and made from 100% cotton chambray, from premium Italian brand Aspesi (80£). The slim fit means that the shirt is still very smart and could be worn with a suit. The cotton chambray fabric does not get as crumpled as linen, but still looks very summery.
If you can’t resist 100% linen, go for a tailored style like this lightweight Morton shirt from the British resort wear brand, Orlebar Brown (167£).
3. Grooming on the go
Luxury British brand Molton Brown has been around for over 40 years, so they certainly know a thing or two about grooming. Its products grace many five star hotel bathrooms around the world, but you’ve no excuse for not having your own kit with this fabulous Flight Collection which comes in its own clear security pouch (32£).
The kit contains seven products, including two from the brand’s award-winning Black Peppercorn blends. Other products include Balancing Face Wash, Silver Birch Body Wash and all-important Hydrator to keep your skin moisturized in the aircraft and after arrival in hot climates.
4. International SIM card
Make your trip hassle free by ensuring that you can stay in touch before you leave home. That means that you can concentrate on business or having fun without having to spend precious time on calling your cell phone carrier back home.
The TravelSim’s roaming SIM is especially useful if you plan to make a lot of calls for business. Both voice SIM cards and data packs are available and both purchase and top-up can all be done securely and easily online.