Yesterday we took a look at the Christopher Ward Trident C60 GMT 600 38mm with the beautiful burgundy bezel. Boasting a GMT function and some impressive water resistance, the C60 makes for a great getaway watch and it’s the only timepiece you’ll need on your next family vacation. With the weather finally warming up for some fun in the sun, today’s Pairs Well With matches the C60 with some key travel essentials that’ll have you looking good on your flight over, on the beach, and on your nights out and about.
This sportcoat from J.crew is a great warm-weather staple, and it’s the perfect piece for those vacation nights when tank tops and swim trunks just won’t cut it. It’s made of cotton and is completely unstructured (no internal canvasing and padding), so it’s lightweight and casual. The color is also more vibrant than your standard navy and it plays off the deep burgundy of the bezel quite well.
The oxford-cloth button-down is one of the most versatile shirts around, so it’s no surprise that every company out there has their own version of this American classic. Wear it on the plane, wear it to a restaurant, or hell, even wear it to the beach if a breeze kicks up. This version from Gitman Bros. Vintage is especially nice, offering a nice modern fit and a cut that looks good both tucked and untucked. Plus, it’s made right here in the United States.
This pair from Uniqlo is the only pair of jeans you’ll ever need. They have a slim straight fit (read: not skinny) that flatters most body types, and they come in a number of different finishes. Go for the raw pair (unwashed and unprocessed) for a dressier look, or go with one of the faded options for something decidedly more casual. Whichever you choose, match the winner with a sportcoat and an OCBD and you’ll get the perfect mix of sharp and casual. And with 1% spandex woven into the material, they sure to be extra comfortable on the flight over and back, especially with all the extra vacation weight you’re sure to bring back with you.
Rancourt is no stranger to Worn&Wound. We’ve sung the brand’s praises in the past and for good reason–they make some damn fine products. Their hand-sewn (in Lewiston, Maine, no less) moccasins are–simply put–fantastic, and I’m personally a huge fan of their loafers. This pair in collaboration with Brooks Brothers is the perfect choice for your getaway. They’re a cinch to get through security with. They’re casual enough to wear to the beach (sockless, obviously), with their rubber soles bringing them closer to boat shoe territory. And pair them with jeans and you’re good to go on a night out.
A dive watch on leather? Not if you’re planning on getting it wet. A standard nylon slip-through strap is an obvious alternative, but they’re a bit played out at this point. Instead, try a braided perlon strap (yes, also nylon). It’s a fresher look overall and the textured strap goes well against the patterned dial. We’re big fans of the charcoal option featured here.
If you’re traveling, keep your graphic tees at home (or better yet, throw them in the trash). They should be relegated solely to use while doing housework. Instead, pack a few unadorned v-neck tees, and do stick with versatile colors like navy, grey, and white. Pair them with anything, and they’ll never look out of place.
Katin is known for their surfer gear and American-made swim trunks, and the tux model is one of their most popular. They offer a nice trim fit without looking or feeling too constricting, and the fabric is a vintage 2-ply nylon that has been garment washed for maximum comfort.
When you’re out in the sun, sunglasses are a necessity. Quality sunglasses, however, are often an expensive necessity, especially if you need prescription lenses. But Warby Parker has proven that need not be the case. For $95, you can get a pair of high-quality acetate frames with polarized lenses, and for an extra $50 you can get prescription lenses. The Winston model is especially attractive, and the warm tones of the “old fashioned fade” are perfect for all-around use.
As far as dopp kits go, the Pack-It Wallaby from Eagle Creek is certainly not a looker. But what it lacks in pleasing design it most certainly makes up for in sheer utility. It’s far more organized than your run-of-the-mill dopp kit, which is usually about as useful as a plastic bag. It has a number of different pockets and compartments to store your things, and it even comes with a built-in hanger so that you can hang the open container in the bathroom.
Sunscreen is one of the best things you can do for your skin, and it’s a must-have if you’re planning on spending any time on the beach. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter options feel too heavy against the skin. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV defense doesn’t. In fact, it’s one of the lightest sunscreens on the market, and I’ve tried plenty. It dries almost instantly and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily the way most other brands do. At $61 for a 4.2 fl. Oz bottle, it’s certainly costly, but a little does go a long way.
The tin cloth duffle bag from Filson is the perfect carry-on. It’s much lighter (and cheaper) than its leather-bound cousins, and it’s large enough to fit everything you might need on the flight over. Plus, it’ll look killer the more you use it, developing a beautiful patina over time. Send your nylon bags packing.