Occasion Guide: Get Outta Town

Summer is nearly done for (a fact that GQ, Starbucks and our own Fall Essentials guide make it hard to remain in denial about)—which is all the more reason to soak up the last few days of sun. Or better yet, make a plan to visit tropical climes once winter really hits.

Keep reading to get a head start on packing for two potential trips: a Mexican getaway and a Mediterranean cruise.

I. POOL PARTY IN PUERTO VALLARTA (or your buddy’s backyard)
Wear: Waterproof shoes. ‘Hybrid’ trunks that transition to the bar. A backpack big enough for a six-pack.
Drink: From a shatter-proof plastic cup—preferably with its own flotation device.
Don’t Forget: To hide the other water gun before drenching your friends.

Pictured Above: Katin Hybrid Shorts | Zanerobe Muscle TeeGoPong ‘Drink Guard’
Swims ‘Luca’ Sneakers | Kiehl’s Sunscreen for Men | Kiehl’s Sunscreen Spray
[Hat is vintage—shop similar Bucket Hats. Bag at selected stores—shop similar Herschel ‘Acid Wash’.]

L: Look good, squint less. Mirrored shades by Marc Jacobs (L) and Oliver Peoples; blacked-out aviators by Ray-Ban.
R: These H20-friendly, mesh/rubber sneakers are ideal for outdoor adventures (P.V. Predator tour, anyone?)
[Shop All: Sunglasses | Sneakers]

L: We have a whole category of hybrid swim trunks that wear more like shorts. Click above to enlarge this one’s Beach Boys-evoking print.
R: Caps are cool, but buckets are coming back.
[Shop All: Swimwear | Hats]

L: White on the front and black on the back, this two-tone tank channels that minimalist, East Coast “surf ninja” vibe you’ve heard about.
R: Lifesavers.
[Shop All: T-shirts & Tank Tops | Skincare]

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II. MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE (or a weekend by the beach)
Wear: Italian shades. Grown-up flip-flops. A cover-up that prevents farmer’s tan.
Drink: When in Rome, do as the Romans. (Red with dinner, sparkling with breakfast.)
Don’t Forget: Quality reading materials. And a valid passport.

Pictured Above: Comme des Garçons Long-Sleeve T-shirt | To Boot New York Leather Flip-Flops
Persol Sunglasses | WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Tote Bag
[Ted Baker swim trunks at selected stores—shop similar swimwear.]

L: Thongs for you, thongs for her.
R: A key accessory or two raises the rank of your beach gear. (Shown: Miansai, handmade in the USA of Italian leather.)
[Shop All: Sandals | Bracelets]

L: Look closely—the zipper on this WANT Les Essentiels bag is half gold, half silver.
R: Persol sunglasses have been made in Italy since 1917.
[Shop All: Bags | Sunglasses]

L: Slightly stretchy, mid-weight cotton gives these CDG Breton stripes a sturdy feel. Warhol and Picasso would approve.
R: Your playlist is just as important as your reading list. Do it justice with SMS Audio wireless headphones (backed by 50 Cent).
[Shop All: T-shirts | Headphones & Speakers]

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Not ready to let go? Enjoy a few final summertime inspirations:

The making of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, via The Selvedge Yard.

Vice’s “Tan Lines” editorial.

A closer look at GQ’s cover story with Emily Ratajkowski.


[Product photos by Justin Abbott.
Styling by Justin Abbott & Jodi Taylor.]

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