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

Style monitor: autumn city-break packing tips

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.


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

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.

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.



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.

SMITH TIP Mr & Mrs Smith members get fantastic shopping discounts on luxe labels from specially selected outlets, including, Cocosa, Mr Porter, Toast, Bill Amberg and Niven & Joshua… FIND OUT MORE.

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As well as wordsmithing online, in print, in the press and for Smith TV, Lucy Fennings has been a driving force in making the Smith Travel Blog an award-winner. Mr & Mrs Smith's Group Editor cut her travel teeth early; as daughter of a hotel PR, she visited far-flung flophouses from French châteaux to Ethiopian tukuls. After a year in Dubai (working on Emirates Woman magazine and enjoying the kind of dives that require a wetsuit), Lucy went to Glasgow University to study art, literature and whisky. A stint as production editor at Legalease publishing was spent discovering how to be creative with copy about tax, followed quickly by a stint discovering more interesting things across south-east Asia. When Mr & Mrs Smith found her, Lucy was at Harper’s Bazaar, keeping her finger on fashion’s pulse and sharpening her editorial knife on hapless hotel PR copy.

There are 7 comments for this article
  1. Ross at 9:35 pm

    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.

  2. Frank at 2:08 pm

    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.

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