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Long weekends are fast approaching and summer holidays are growing closer by the day! Read on to discover our guide to packing for a cosmopolitan retreat whether you are planning a few days in London or jetting off to Barcelona.

For a weekend retreat, it is important to plan a capsule wardrobe that will easily fit into your carry-on luggage. Pack one or two statement pieces together with a selection of basics that can transform your look for day or night.

Dolce & Gabbana Gestuz

The City Shorts

Now a permanent style staple in any capsule wardrobe, a tailored pair of shorts are ideal for taking in the sights in a warmer climate. By Malene Birger and Dolce & Gabbana’s printed designs will add a playful touch to simple basics whilst McQ Alexander McQueen and Gestuz showcase this season’s longer-length update in simple monochromatic hues.

Michael Michael Kors Michael Michael Kors Burberry Brit

The Lightweight Dress

No matter what the weather throws at you, a busy city calls for hopping on and off stuffy public transport. Choose a fine cotton dress that is cool, comfortable and won’t crease. Burberry Brit’s striped shirt dress has the desired fresh aesthetic whilst Michael Michael Kors’ geometrically printed shifts will create a bold style statement and can easily be dressed up for evening drinks with a change of shoes.

Sophie Hulme Gucci

The Practical Bag

Your bag should be roomy enough for all of your sight-seeing essentials and effortless to carry. Opt for a large satchel or a tote such as one from Sophie Hulme’s colourful collection. Alternatively, Gucci’s vivid orange tote bag will brighten up any outfit and could multi-function as your carry-on bag for the flight.

Maison Scotch Patrizia Pepe

The Printed Jacket

Give a simple look an instant uplift with a softly structured patterned jacket. Look to Maison Scotch, Roberto Cavalli and Joseph for loosely-tailored blazers and cropped designs that will provide an extra layer of warmth if necessary. Team with classic jersey T-shirts and tailored trousers for a look that will work in any city.

Lanvin Paul Smith

The Comfortable Shoes

Effortless sliders and luxurious trainers by Lanvin and Tods are ideal for long days walking around cities. If you require sandals, opt for practical styles by Paul Smith and Gucci that combine fashion and function.

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