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The Wishlist: Ten Chic City Break Essentials

The Wishlist: Ten Chic City Break Essentials

There are few things quite as romantic as a weekend city break. Whether you’re going away with a lover, friends or travelling solo, they are a liberating escape from the daily grind. To plunge into another culture for a few, magic days feels indulgent and exhilarating, and needs a wardrobe to match that’s both stylish and practical. Spring is in the air, and as the days get longer and the mercury rises, our outlook is getting sunnier – there’s no better time to hop across the Channel to visit our Mediterranean neighbours. To help you on your way, here are ten stylish weekend essentials for your trip.

A Fendi X Fila logo trainer resting on top of a yellow post box in Paris with a cafe behind

THE TRAINERS

When navigating quaint cobbled streets or pounding pavements between the city’s cultural hotspots, you need a pair of comfortable but stylish shoes. Cue these Fendi X Fila trainers, combining form and function, the cult collaboration is top of every fashion insider’s wishlist for spring.

A pair of Gucci bee embroidered mules amongst pink and purple flowers

THE MULES

Whether you’re making your way down Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas or indulging in a spot of shopping on Rome’s Via Condotti, a pair of Gucci’s pretty embroidered pumps are a practical but elegant footwear choice.

A photograph of a Valentino Uptown bag in red, white and blue leather

THE ELEGANT SHOULDER BAG

The perfect accessory for every Francophile out there, the Valentino Uptown bag combines classic Parisian design with a chic red, white and blue colour palette.

A white semi-transparent rubber Dolce & Gabbana Sicily bag on top of a cafe table

THE STATEMENT PIECE

Enjoy a slice of la dolce vita when you whisk this Dolce & Gabbana bag on a weekend away. The brand’s classic Sicily silhouette gets a modern update in semi-transparent white rubber. Bellisimo.

A Fendi baguette bag in brown and duck egg blue leather with a logo strap hooked over a bicycle

THE CULT BAG

Whether or not you’re planning a weekend away, every woman we know is hankering after Fendi’s recently reimagined Baguette bag. Heading to New York? Channel Carrie Bradshaw and the other SATC women as you breeze about Manhattan with this on your arm.

A Gucci blue velvet and crustal embellished mule hanging amongst postcards of typical Parisian scenes

THE EVENING FLAT

When travelling on unknown terrain, flats are often advisable. These chic velvet Gucci mules are embellished with glittering crystals – perfect for balmy evenings at a pavement trattoria as you linger late into the night over wine and fresh seafood.

A Fendi X Fila brown leather backpack

THE BACKPACK

Another from the Fendi X File collaboration, this neat little backpack is ideal for carrying around your travel essentials securely and stylishly, leaving you free to explore the city unfettered.

Saint Laurent large envelope chain bag

THE SHOULDER BAG

Our go-to for a weekend in Paris, this Saint Laurent envelope chain bag gets us in the mood for café culture in Le Marais, drinks along the Seine and leisurely evening strolls on La Rive Gauche.

Gucci red leather Marmont zip purse

THE PURSE

Keep your foreign currency in style with Gucci’s Marmont zip purse in a playful red leather. The exchange rate may not be favourable right now, but your wallet will be.

Gucci frame acetate sunglasses with diamante on a cafe table in Paris

THE CHIC SHADES

A city escape in Europe promises a bit of respite from grey days in London, and a pair of stylish sunglasses is non-negotiable. Opt for Gucci’s statement lenses and imagine yourself as a young Sophia Lauren as you shade your eyes from the bright spring sunshine.