May 31st, 2011 | jonathanshia
I’m just coming to the end of a six-week trip around the world that has taken me through Bali, China, Croatia, and Capri. Packing for such an extended trip was its own special kind of nightmare, because with only one suitcase, I couldn’t afford to waste space on something I would only wear once. So besides being some of my favorite new items from this season, these picks are ones that have proven their versatility.
Patrik Ervell Standard Blazer in blue
I would say that at least a quarter of my closet is by Patrik Ervell, and this blazer is a perfect example of how he gets everything right. The fit is amazing and it looks sharp and modern and progressive without being excessive. Patrik is known for his futuristic technical fabrics, but this cotton twill proves that he knows his way around the more traditional ones as well.
For a trip that goes from the tail end of winter to the first days of summer, nothing is more important than a sturdy jacket, and this is one of my favorites. It’s casual and sporty, and is the perfect weight for a cool spring evening. The olive color is very classic, with a little bit of bright edging to add a bit of pop.
I went a little crazy with this shirt, and bought it in every color, fabric weight, and sleeve length I could find. But it’s cut to the body perfectly, the colors pop but still look rugged, and the heavier cotton especially feels incredible. Plus I love the contrast detail of the little white buttons. I brought them all.
Prada linen lace-up shoes
These are the perfect shoes for summer, lightweight and easy, but with the solid heft of the plastic thick sole. They’re comfortable and they neutral color means they go well with almost anything, and most importantly, the fabric withstands wear-and-tear (and I would know—I spilled a bloody Mary on them the first time I wore them).
Mosley Tribes Bromley sunglasses in oak
Everybody has aviators and Wayfarers, but this pair from Mosley Tribes demonstrates why they’re my favorite brand for sunglasses. They’re solid and sturdy, and the squarish shape is classic but surprising, like the use of tortoiseshell.