The Carry On: August 2020

The Carry On is our monthly round-up of our favourite travel items we'd happily haul from Stansted to Seville, Heathrow to Hydra. Be it a functional fedora or the latest in skincare science, we've probably got it in our carry on. Riffing on the adage "if you can think it, you can be it", we're saying: "If you can jam it in your carry on… you can bring it." Catchy.

Note: weight restrictions and other practicalities do not apply.

Bandeau bikini tops, beach jewellery and Italian style - here's what we're coveting this month…

Costa printed bandeau bikini top

Tory Burch

Found: the sweetest bandeau bikini ever. Tory Burch's Costa bikini top is made from an Italian-sourced stretch fabric with SPF 50+ protection and is sure to bring a playful vibe to your vacation edit. As suited to splashing around as it is for hanging on dry land, this snug and shapely bandeau is especially accommodating for smaller busts (and great for minimising tan lines too). Complete the equation with the matching bikini bottoms in the label's whimsical Legacy Paisley motif.

Buy now at Tory Burch£120.00

Siena set of three gold-tone bead, pearl and shell earrings


Mismatched pearls, diamanté-dotted shells and beachy charms; éliou's Siena set is vacation-ready jewellery 101. Wear these trinkets individually or styled together in any combination for feel-good vibes (beads in every shade of the rainbow and studded cowrie shells take us over the edge). These are the epitome of fun in the sun. Style your gold-tone metal earrings with tailoring for a juxtaposed look to add a little zest to your summer outfits.

Buy now at Éliou£125.00

Etere lemon-print silk-twill trousers

ISSIMO X F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers

Following the success of The Grand Tour Italy in 2019, MATCHESFASHION has partnered up with Marie-Louise Sciò and Pellicano Hotels once again to launch a collective of high-summer capsules as part of Sciò's ISSIMO - a lifestyle platform that celebrates the very best of Italian style, design and culture. The collections span swimwear, homeware, handbags, nightwear and ready-to-wear, working in collaboration with Solid & Striped, Lisa Corti, Anya Hindmarch, Loretta Caponi and F.R.S respectively. Uplifting pieces ideal for sunny climates (or relaxing closer to home) abound. Of the lust-worthy lot, these lemon-print silk-twill trousers really caught our attention. Liberace-style sleepwear-as-daywear - we can't say with confidence we'll ever take it off.

Buy now at ISSIMO X F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers£660.00

Aperitivo Nibble Bowls

Clodagh McKenna

These pretty, flower-etched aluminium bowls, chosen as part of chef Clodagh McKenna's new range of homewares, are perfect for completing your Aperitivo tray. If you're exploring via food rather than flight this month, these silvered servers are a welcome addition at your next dinner-at-my-place night. Perfect for holding all types of cocktail nibbles, from nuts to olives to dried fruit, they're compact and hardwearing - and also make for an excellent cheese platter addition. Post-party - i.e. when they aren't filled with food and doing the rounds - they look lovely on a countertop overflowing with buds and foliage.

Buy now at Clodagh McKenna£5.00

Gommino Driving Shoes in Yellow Suede


Each pair of Tod's Gommino driving shoes - so-called for their signature pebbled rubber soles - are cut and stitched by hand. Plus, these mustard mules have all the iconic details - penny bar, rubber pebble sole, exposed hand stitching - for which the brand is heralded. A supportive inner footbed makes them a practical option for city breaks (back on the travel cards once again) that demand four or more hours of pavement pounding, while their supple mustard suede renders them suitable for formal suppers and laid-back picnics alike.

Buy now at Tod’s£340.00

Sky Blue Tie Dye Sweatshirt

tūla + tye

Tie-dye is having a moment, and sustainable loungewear brand tūla + tye's relaxed-cotton sweatshirt nails the temperament effortlessly. Its ridiculously soft crewneck tie-dye sweatshirts are fleecy on the inside and cuffed at the wrist and waist. Double down on the matching joggers and it's kick-back gold. Hand-dyed using eco-friendly, non-toxic pigments, all tūla + tye products are made from a mixture of recycled cotton from factory offcuts, recycled polyester from plastic bottles and certified organic cotton. Keep an eye on its site for soon-to-launch items - including some chic face coverings - and new colour options.

Buy now at tūla + tye£48.00

Eye Mask Pack


Forget counting sheep and other failed relaxation methods, Spacemasks' self-heating eye masks are a sure-fire way to get you Zen in record time. Providing instant relief from headaches, tiredness and eye strain, each box of Spacemasks comes with five individually wrapped foil masks (printed in a luxe galaxy pattern no less). To use, tear open the pouch to activate the self-heating, unfold the mask and place it over your eyes, fastening the loops around your ears and kick back for 15. A great cabin (or bedside-table) stowaway.

Buy now at Spacemasks£16.50
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