For the style-conscious man on the beach, fashion disasters are everywhere. You'll find yourself laughing at the guy in the Speedo who can't pull off the look, or wincing at the man wearing black dress socks under sandals. No matter where you're going on vacation, it's important to make a good impression. Button-down shirts and classic suit jackets can only take you so far!
When you're on vacation, your first goal is to be comfortable and casual, without being another “surfer dude” with ripped cargo shorts and an old t-shirt from college. Here are some essentials for getting a good look without packing an ironing board.
1. A good travel toiletry kit.
The difference between looking like riffraff and royalty can often be a good shave. Don't let yourself suffer with disposable razors. Bring a good-quality travel razor, preferably one you're used to, and shaving lotion, cream, or oil. No excuses for shabby holiday beards when you're trying to be stylish, and even if you want to grow a beard, you need to keep it neat.
2. A good pair of jeans.
No, this isn't an excuse to bring your old, holey pair of jeans. Pick a dark denim that will look great even with a casual blazer, and make sure your jeans fit properly. Don't go for the baggy look, and avoid light blue denim at all costs. It should be a pair of jeans you'd feel okay about wearing on a casual Friday when you're meeting someone important.
3. Stylish flip-flops.
You're not allowed to wear raggedy, cheap flip-flops on vacation. Look for well-made leather or canvas flip-flops that will stand up to a few vacations, and make sure they coordinate with your outfit (no bright green flip-flops with otherwise stylish clothes, please).
4. A sweater that buttons up.
Even if you give in and bring casual sweatshirts, you'll need something that looks great in the evening. A nice sweater will do the trick. A sweater that buttons up is ideal in case it gets warm or chilly quickly, and keep the material fairly lightweight if you're going to be visiting the tropics. No need to roast for fashion.
5. A casual button-down shirt and a few t-shirts.
No holey t-shirts or silly slogans. Plain, clean, new t-shirts are best in a few basic stylish colors like gray, navy blue, forest green, or dark maroon. A button-down shirt will be perfect for special occasions and fancy dinners, but don't go with the same boardroom shirt. Get yourself a new casual button-down instead.
6. One good blazer.
A classic suit jacket isn't necessary, especially since you're probably not bringing formal trousers, but a two-button blazer that will go with those fashionable dark jeans you're bringing will keep you covered in case you want to impress anyone. Make sure it's not a material that easily wrinkles.
7. Well-cut khaki shorts.
Baggy cargo pants are out, but well-cut khaki shorts can look good on any man. Go for longer styles and avoid anything that looks like you'd wear it lounging around the house on a sloppy Sunday. Imagine the company golf game is on a hot day and everyone is encouraged to wear warm-weather clothes. Would you wear these shorts? Then go ahead and bring them!
With these options for vacation clothing, you'll find yourself being the stylish man on the beach – the one women admire and men envy. Simply replacing old t-shirts and bringing these essential clothing options will ensure you're looking good without spending your vacation ironing your suit.
Guest post contributed by Carla Gregson for BingoStreet.com – see here about bingo with fashion. Carla is a freelance travel writer. She enjoys writing articles about her travel experiences and sharing them on various online travel publications.