We talk alot about my shopping habits on the Lilypad blog and great deals for myself and the girls but what about the man on the pad? He certainly doesn't have the same desire to go shopping as much as I do and especially during the summer when shopping for last-minute men’s holiday clothes can be a nightmare at this time of year. High-street retailers are now beginning to get in their autumn/winter stock, sometimes leaving behind rails of un-wanted, misshapen clothing that do not belong in your suitcase!
However, if you’re budget-conscious now can be the perfect time to snap up a timeless piece to add to your summer wardrobe at a low cost. Depending on where you’re headed on holiday, whether it is a week-long cruise on the Mediterranean Sea or two weeks in Greece you’ll need to find appropriate clothing to take with you on holiday.
The main thing to keep in mind when shopping for men’s clothing is to find classic pieces that you can mix and match with several different outfits - there’s nothing worse than holiday clothing that scream ‘this is my holiday t-shirt’ (no, it’s not just women who are guilty of over-packing!) Top tip: staple shades of navy and tan or white and black are great against a summer backdrop in your holiday snapshots.
One versatile, staple holiday piece is a polo shirt. For example, this white and black polo shirt is a great option for warm weather as it can be layered and accessorised without sacrificing comfort and practicality. My Dad would love this particular style! For a classic, understated look this simple polo t-shirt can be worn either during the day or even for a casual dinner with the family. I seriously only found out this week that the man on the pad likes polo shirts, after years of being together this was a revelation!!
The great thing about this look is that this doesn’t just have to be a t-shirt that you bring out once a year when you go on holiday but can be worn during the winter once you return to the UK under a jumper or hooded top.
A second item that is worth purchasing for your September holiday would be a classic shirt. Men’s short sleeve shirts are easy to come by in many retailers without having to purchase a garish piece from the sale rack. A simple short-sleeve shirt can often transform an outfit from daytime to evening and is a great alternative to formal, stiff long-sleeve shirts that you might wear for the office. Whether you wear it with jeans, a formal pair of trousers or tucked into a plain pair of shorts, a plain short-sleeve shirt is one purchase you should make this August.
So, if you’re heading to the shops this weekend to pick up a few items for your impending holiday, keep your purchases classic and simple and you’ll have a holiday wardrobe you’ll be able to mix and match for a smart-casual look, which is really the same principle we should all adopt but shhhh, that would stop my need to buy new clothes every month!