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Style monitor: autumn city-break packing tips

Posted by Lucy Fennings on October 20th, 2011

Saint James Paris hotel - By Malene Birger A/W 11

 

As temperatures drop, big cities start decking the halls and donning their best holiday garb – so should you. Fall over yourselves to pick up our superhot city-break packing tips, whether you’re headed to the Cotswolds for a cosy Autumn escape or shopping on the Champs-Elysées

As always, Style Monitor aims to please: these city-break packing suggestions should ensure your weekends away are 100% wow, 0% wardrobe crisis.
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MRS SMITH’S STYLISH CITY-BREAK PACKING LIST

Leather-trim coat, By Malene BirgerTHE COAT
Cocoon yourself in comfort… In the winter months, get your weekend-wandering cover-up cracked and you could wear a binbag underneath it, for all we care. Cocoon shapes coated the catwalks this season (polka-dotted and lacey at Marc Jacobs; classic and leather-trimmed at Balenciaga; python and fur-trimmed at Prada) but shearling, androgyny and leather detailing were also hot trends for A/W ’11. And here they all are, on one amazing coat. Yowzers!

Pair with burnt-orange Sessun skinny cords by day (£120, Liberty), or leather treggings for a high-octane night-time look (if By Malene Birger’s are beyond budget, try American Apparel or Topshop).
Fleece coat, £289; leather leggings, £609, both By Malene Birger at mywardrobe.com.

A/W 11 accessories – satchell bag, Henri BendelTHE BAG
Black and tan… Whether you’re talking Guinness and ale or patent and plain, this is a wintry combination we’ll never tire of. A structured satchel is the perfect all-day handbag to take away – and handily nods to fall’s ladylike accessories, too.
Tie Me Up leather satchell, $398, Henri Bendel.

Medina ring, Monique VinadierTHE COCKTAIL RING
Golden hour…
We’re loving this rose-gold and smoky quartz cocktail ring – just glamourous enough to add a bit of art-deco fab to your fingers. Private-sale specialist Cocosa has it on sale until 24 October (so be quick!).Dior Smoky Eye trio Medina cocktail ring, £79, Monique Vinadier at Cocosa.

PACK IT IN!
Shadow boxer… Mrs Smith can’t live without this new eyeshadow compact by Dior: all your peepers need for a weekend away, in one little box.
Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette in Smoky Pink, £32.21, Nordstrom.

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MR SMITH’S STYLISH CITY-BREAK PACKING LIST

Fair Isle sweater, APC at Mr PorterTHE STATEMENT JUMPER
Getting warmer…
A cheeky knit is de rigueur for manly striding this season, as showcased by designers from Margaret Howell and Raf Simons to Junya Watanabe and D&G: we reckon APC’s Fair Isle knit ticks all the chunky, patterned and snuggly boxes for crossing mist-wreathed moors (or taking aperitivi in Italian piazzas).
Wool Fair Isle sweater, £170, APC at Mr Porter.

Fall trends: Glenn boots, ToastTHE  BOOT
Sole intention…
Can’t choose between a desert boot and a trad brogue this season? No problem: have both! We love these waxed-canvas and leather infantry boots by Toast. Like the song says: made for walking.
Glenn boots, £195, Toast.

Kindle cover, Bill AmbergTHE ACCESSORY
Jacket required…
Give your Kindle the kiss of life and keep it protected on your travels with this stylish leather case; also available in a handsome Smith-approved red and black colourway (and more).
Leather Kindle case, £195, Bill Amberg.

Dover Street Market aftershavePACK IT IN!
Scent from London…
This Dover Street Market aftershave looks great in your bathroom, and is a delicious modern take on a woody cologne. PRO: Travels well, in a washbag-friendly 100ml bottle. CON: Will suit Mrs Smith, too – but Mr Smith is man enough to handle smelling unisexy, though.
Dover Street Market by Comme des Garçons, £50 for 100ml, Niven & Joshua.

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7 Responses to “Style monitor: autumn city-break packing tips”

  1. I love those jumpers – they just remind me of Christmas! Topman often have a good range of chunky, Fair Isle knits around about this time of year.

    By Ross

  2. Thanks for your ideas & recommendations. Bon voyage to all. Francisca

    By Francisca Matteoli

  3. That satchel looks amazing, but definitely out of my price range. :(

    By Jen S

  4. Any Hat suggestions? Him & Her rsvp. Great post.

    By Bigsand

  5. @Jen S If it’s out of your price range, you should enter our competition! We’ve partnered with Henri Bendel to bring you an amazing prize package: enter the sweepstakes and you could win a two-night shopping spree in New York, with accommodation at Gramercy Park Hotel, $2,500 to spend at Henri Bendel and $500 travel expenses.

    So, no excuses now :-)

    By Lucy

  6. There are some nice clothes. I like the sweater. It looks very nice and warm. I think this would be the best for a cold winters day. In combination with the boots it would be the best. This bag would be a nice present for my wife. She loves bags and this is definitely her colour.

    By Frank

  7. Nice tips ideed for those interested in fashion.

    By Christian

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