This week’s Menswear Diaries entry is a guest post from menswear website Style Pilot on essential tips for your travel attire. From layering up to dressing for comfort, we've got your look covered for any journey.

Summer is the season for holidays, but dressing for travelling is a year-round preoccupation for most men – whether the journey is the daily commute or to somewhere much more exotic.

When it comes to style, how you dress for the journey is just as important as how you look once you’ve reached your destination, so here are our essential tips.

Layer up

If you’re travelling to hotter climes, wearing layers that you can quickly pull on (or off) as appropriate is a smart move. Invest in casual staples that can be teamed together easily, like basic short-sleeved crew neck tees and v-neck knit jumpers – the Marlin club vee knit is ideal, with its lightweight cotton/wool mix and versatile shades of airforce blue and dusty pink.

Lightweight outerwear

When travelling it’s best to avoid adding too much bulk to your look, which means choosing lightweight outerwear with plenty of practical touches. A mac is the traditional travelling choice, but a simple lightweight jacket, like the Ivington fly front jacket, will also work well, whether you team with a formal suit or more casual polo shirt and chinos. Note the large, secure button-up pockets at the front – these are perfect for keeping your travel essentials close to hand.

Dress for comfort

Comfort should be at the top of your priority list when travelling – after all, it’s why reclining seats were invented. With that in mind, steer clear of any clothing that’s too restrictive, tight-fitting or structured. This doesn’t have to mean sacrificing a smart look, however: the Alfie unstructured blazer is made from a soft wool blend and gives you a relaxed fit, whilst still looking suitably suave.


A large bag is a travel essential, though for short stays and long weekends - a bulky suitcase isn’t always needed. Barrel bags and holdalls offer a much more portable alternative, and there’s the added bonus that you can stow them in the overhead locker. For flying visits, the luxurious, rich brown leather Centureous 24-hour holdall is perfect, and you can upgrade to the slightly larger Sawboss holdall in whale grey for longer stays.

Don’t forget to also pack a wash bag to keep your grooming products intact: the Malone leather wash bag is a must-have travel companion, with its water-resistant lining and easily accessible zip fastening.

Style Pilot is a menswear site dedicated to helping men dress better and shop smarter. Their Style DNA feature offers free personalised style recommendations based on your build, height and colouring.