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Berlin is the German capital of cool. Think street art, industrial landscape and all-night warehouse raves. Here we explore how to pack for a weekend in this effortlessly stylish city.
First, leave behind the clean lines, sharp tailoring and formal jackets; this city is renowned for a more rugged approach to fashion. To blend into Berlin life, aim for a grungy look of leather, denim and cotton tees.
But most importantly, pack light! Don’t overcomplicate your wardrobe – pack with signature German efficiency, choosing adaptable items and avoid any flamboyant touches. Here’re a few ideas of what to take:
The white t-shirt is an essential item in any man’s wardrobe – and arguably in any man’s suitcase too. A bright white tee is a great way to liven up a monochrome look and works brilliantly against muted, grungy colours. This jersey cotton t-shirt from Pretty Green has a classic, regular fit and an eye-catching crowd logo.
European weather can be unpredictable, particularly during those tricky weeks in between seasons. With the style of a shirt, an overshirt is designed in heavier cotton, giving it a bit of extra warmth without the bulky inconvenience of a full-on jacket.
This khaki shirt from Stone Island combines muted green and urban style, and looks great with a pair of faded jeans.
The checked shirt is another great garment when it comes to layering. It’s also the perfect way to add detail and colour. This shirt from Paul Smith is made from soft brushed cotton, with the button-down collar and buttoned chest pocket adding stylish details.
German winters can get pretty chilly, so be sure to pack some knitwear. A blurry blend of black and white, this stylish sweater from Lacoste L!ve has a great monochrome look and features chunky details like a ribbed crew neck collar.
Wherever you’re heading, there’s nothing like travelling with a trusty pair of jeans. A slightly lighter blue pair, such as these from Nudie, can lighten up your grungy colour palette.
These jeans combine a stylish tight-fit with comfort stretch denim, perfect for travelling. And with a worn look and organic materials, you can’t go wrong with Nudie Jeans.
Complete your Berlin look with a classic, black biker jacket. This design from Diesel is made from real leather, with a bold red lining and a classic stand-up collar. Ideal for if the weather turns; this biker jacket is a great final touch to your look and works well with jeans and muted layers.
In the Bag
This holdall from Paul Smith is the ideal size for a city break. With its dark canvas design, stylish leather trim and striking stripes, this bag is a winner.
On Your Feet
A weekend in a foreign city inevitably involves a lot of exploring by foot. These trainers from Paul Smith combine comfort with a stylish black design – the stripes adding a touch of detail and colour. Mixing leather with suede panels, these trainers are eye-catching and fit in perfectly with the Berlin look.
Looking for some inspiration for your weekend away? Discover the life and soul of Berlin’s streets with this photographic guide.
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