11th May 2017
We have all forgotten one thing or another when packing for a weekend away. It can sure be hard to pack a capsule wardrobe for a short countryside retreat, particularly in unpredictable British weather. So we asked Kat what to pack for a weekend away in the Peak District keeping luggage at a minimum and style at a maximum. Kat says…
To me, there’s little better than a British country escape. It’s nostalgic – taking me back to walking holidays as a child, and calming – it often amazes me how quickly you can hide away in amongst the rolling hills and escape the hustle.
This April, Sam (my other half) and I took a two-day break to the Peak District. Somewhere we’d never been before, and somewhere we’d heard there was little to do besides relax in the country air. When it comes to packing for trips like these, after many summers on the Cornish coast and Easter trips to Wales and beyond, I’ve become pretty accustomed to what’s needed. For me, it’s about ease, comfort and effortless style. There are no requirements for anything fussy – just functional, practical and if it can look good at the same time, I’m game.
And that goes for both of us – we knew we’d be doing a little bit of hiking but a lot of lazy strolling around the village we were staying in, the odd sunny beer garden if the weather held out and not a lot else. My go-to outfit consisted of the Monaco Linen Trousers – you know what I said about comfort? They top denim for me any day, and with the temperature not quite hitting shorts weather, the loose fit white linen was casual and comfortable in one hit. I teamed them with the Clemence Crew Neck Sweatshirt – you never can trust the British weather, and I was more than comfortable in this lightweight sweat.
The wide stripes made a change from my usual trusty Harbour Tops, and meant I could bring some extra colour to my outfit with the beautiful pink of the Fenthorpe Leather Two Band Sandals and the Festival Beach Bag which not only housed all my belongings for the weekend, but will be seriously loved as a beach bag on the coast of Croatia this summer.
And for Sam? If I say he’s barely removed his Alnwick Hooded Sweatshirt since this weekend, I’m sure you’ll understand just how relaxed he was feeling on our break. The muted red made a change for him and teamed with a classic pair of navy Chino Shorts, it was a versatile match. As more of shirt chap, Sam was pretty taken with the comfort of the Oxford Classic Fit in Green – it was something a bit different to white and added that extra layer needed for spring weekends in Britain!
Our weekend away was blissfully quiet and a much needed break. Here’s to exploring more of the British Countryside!