, What to wear for a staycation in the UK this summer , The Nzuchi Times

What to wear for a staycation in the UK this summer 

I love the challenge of packing a perfect holiday capsule wardrobe. And with summer staycations permitted, my weekend bag is already out and awaiting its contents.

Even a summer staycation trip in the UK demands a flexible wardrobe. The weather can, as always, be changeable, so anything you pack has to work especially hard.

City-dwellers like me will be eager to head to the coast or the countryside – I’ll be in Oxfordshire, where long walks and bike rides are always on the agenda. My friends, meanwhile, are sharing Instagram posts glamping in the New Forest, or from a seaside bolthole in Suffolk.

, What to wear for a staycation in the UK this summer , The Nzuchi Times

Clockwise from top left: Gold vermeil Croissant huggies, £55, Mejuri; Delia short quilt jacket, £249, Barbour x Alexa Chung; Boyfriend jeans, £75, Hush; Nanette hiking boots, £325, Grenson; Sunshine knit, £276.50, Bella Freud

These kinds of destinations call for practical clothes: a waterproof jacket is essential, but as the temperatures are currently on a high, you don’t want one too toasty. Instead, pack a variety of thin wool or cashmere layers – easily piled on or removed, depending on the level of warmth needed. I’ll be wearing mine over a pie-crust collar shirt like the Duchess of Cambridge.

A pair of jeans should also be in your bag, but make sure they’re comfortable – as temperatures start to soar, it is not the time for chic-yet-stiff non-stretch denim. Instead, try a straight-leg boyfriend style: they’ll look great with the hems rolled up, skimming sandals – or stuffed into knee-high wellies, should you be opting for a muddy walk on your countryside getaway.

, What to wear for a staycation in the UK this summer , The Nzuchi Times

Jacket, £75, Rains x Whistles, at whistles

, What to wear for a staycation in the UK this summer , The Nzuchi Times

Footwear is critical too, but there’s no need to sacrifice on style as flat, comfortable boots have never been cooler. Grenson’s lace-up hiking-style boots will carry you from the trail to a three-Michelin star destination restaurant.

Speaking of restaurants, I know I’m not the only one giddy with excitement about dining out again. In the past, a trip to a country gastropub would have been a casual affair, but we’re all approaching these occasions with fresh enthusiasm post-Covid.

Now you can dine both inside and al fresco, there’s more flexibility with your outfit choices. Layering is a key consideration, especially for when temperatures cool off in the evenings. If you have an indoors booking, a top or dress can easily claim the spotlight, as you shrug off your light coat. Should you be eating outside on a terrace, consider bringing a jacket as an additional layer. Although it never hurts to be prepared, give the puffer jackets and down gilets the weekend off and indulge in the current heatwave – replacing them with a lighter layer as your outerwear.

, What to wear for a staycation in the UK this summer , The Nzuchi Times


Sezane’s Victor bag is a good size and shape for a staycation


Credit: Sezane

Add accessories to ensure that, whatever the weather, you don’t lack flair. You can add interest to your look with a pair of gold huggie earrings and a lightweight printed scarf. Jazz up a more simplistic summer dress with these finishing touches to your outfit – or feature contrasting colours if you’re covering up on a chillier evening.

I’ll also be bringing a small crossbody bag. My go-to is a simple tan style by Mansur Gavriel, big enough for a wallet, phone, face mask and a pair of sunglasses, but small enough not to feel like I’m lugging around the kitchen sink. Sezane’s Victor bag (£275, sezane) is the ideal size and shape.

The idea, with the perfect staycation or weekend away wardrobe, is that once you’ve reached your destination, you don’t have to give it a second thought. You should be able to segue from one activity to the next without feeling like you’re ill-prepared. 

If you happen to look fabulous in your summer holiday snaps too, that’s a bonus.

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