Did you know that men spend $10 more on clothing and accessories as compared to women? Yes, that’s right! According to this research done by Boutique @ Ogilvy, men (18 years and up) spend $85 as opposed to the $75 that women spend each month. So, if you have always thought that women spend a lot more than men do then you have it wrong. The fact is that men want to appear just as trendy as women do and so newer trends are making way. However, it can get tricky when you’re traveling and don’t want that to hamper your trendy outlook. Luckily, we’ve got your back!
Whether you’re traveling for businesses where you’ll be attending back-to-back meetings or leisure where you hope to take a break, fashion is essential you shouldn’t miss out on. With all the new trends that are hitting the market, it can be difficult to know what to follow. However, if you know a few basics of travel fashion, you’ll be good to go. Everything from the type of blazers you need to pack to the leather belts that’ll make you look chic are discussed here so you’re well prepared for your trip.
So, let’s dive into the tips that’ll serve as your travel fashion guide.
Tip #1: Pick out your essentials
Basics are different for everyone. While one man may be comfortable in boxers, another will swear by his briefs. So, the first thing you need to do is to figure out what these essentials are for you. Before you pack up your Giorgio Armani, you should know the t-shirts and pants you’re most comfortable in. One staple which all fashion experts recommend is the white tee. Because this t-shirt goes with pretty much everything, it should have a place in your bag. Other than white, you can also bring along other budget-friendly and comfortable shirts that’ll be great for a night out with your friends.
Make sure that you pack a pair of comfortable sneakers because you won’t be expected to be walking around in dress shoes all day long. Once you know the items you simply can’t live without, move on to packing other trendier stuff.
Tip #2: Know what you’ll need
Do you think you’re going to be needing that Armani if you’re going to Maldives with the love of your life? Of course not! So, depending on the nature of the trip you’re taking, weather conditions and other such important factors, make a list of the things you’ll need.
So, if you’re going for a leisure trip to Maldives or another island-based country, you’ll need a pair of sturdy swim trunks. On the other hand, if you’re going on a business trip and are actually going to need to remain formal for the rest of the day, make sure you pack appropriately. To pack light, mix classic and versatile pieces so you have something both for business and pleasure.
However, you’ve to remember that whatever you pack should be comfortable and not snug or tight. This goes for everything from your suit to the shoes you’re going to be wearing. Being trendy doesn’t mean you need to be uncomfortable.
Tip #3: Pack your accessories
If you want to become a trendsetter, you cannot miss packing your accessories at any cost. Everything from your watch collection to your sunglasses define who you’re and what you like. So, make sure you pick out the accessories that go best with the outfits you’re packing. For instance, you might have 10 leather belts in your wardrobe, but you only need to pack those which suit the suits and trousers you’re actually taking with you.
On that note, you should always remember not to overpack. If you’re confused about a particular choice, then give it time and then come back to it. Ideally, choose accessories that go with more than one outfit so you don’t have to pack a lot. Some of the things you’ll need to pack are:
- Hats (if needed)
Tip #4: Be prepared for changes
If you’re going to a country that rarely gets any rainfall and stays pleasant throughout does not mean that you don’t need to pack a trendy raincoat. You always need to be well prepared for any changes in weather because you don’t want to be caught off guard. Being a travel fashion guru means you’ve everything you need whenever you need.
Experts recommend that you pack 2-3 extra items like a coat, shoes, and outfit so you don’t have to head out to buy new things just because the temperature went down 3-4 degrees.
Moreover, though it doesn’t happen a lot, you must also be ready for a situation where you lose your luggage. In such a case, you must ensure that you have a backpack or trolley with you so you can do without your stuff for at least a day or two.
Tip #5: Don’t forget the toiletries
A fashionable man can never be complete without his toiletries. If you thought that clothes are the only fashion item you need to worry about then you’ve another thing coming. Learn a thing or two from David Beckham who knows one moisturizer from another and get yourself sorted out. You need to pack toiletries other than your favorite perfume, shaving cream and after-shave in your luggage because a face that’s clean will be the only thing that looks good on top of the branded suit and shoes.
Everything from your facewash to your shampoo and conditioner should be in your travel pouch and ready to go.
Fashion for men isn’t what it was a few hundred years ago. Though men were conscious about their looks even then, the new-aged man doesn’t want to miss out on the latest fashion no matter what. An interesting article on Esquire talks about The Rise of The Male Spender in great details and highlights some important findings.
So, come back and go through these tips whenever you’re leaving for a business or pleasure trip and you’ll be the trendiest man on board!