What to pack: Cornwall

There is only one rule when it comes to dressing in Cornwall: don’t try too hard. Indeed, don’t try at all. The whole look down here is about salty lips, sun-kissed hair, slumpy hoodies, cut-off shorts and slip-on shoes – clothes that are built to be bashed about, stuffed into bags and thrown off as you run hollering to the sea. To get that Cornish thrown-on-without-a-thought look that they do so well down in Polzeath, do as we do and pack the enduring classics: Quiksilver and Vans. And leave the iron at home.

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VISVIM Boomer Check-Print Shirt

This wool and linen check shirt by Japanese label Visvim is perfect for summer and beyond. With its square-cut hem, it can easily be worn both inside and outside trousers and shorts. It has two square pockets for a more utility feel and, layered over a white T-shirt, is perfect for walking into town. Equally, it’s a great match for shorts and relaxing on the beach. 

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VANS Classic Slip-On Shoes

First introduced in 1977, the Vans classic slip-on shoe has become an everyday essential. With supportive padded collars, elastic side accents and signature rubber soles, this shoe is perfect for all your sports pursuits, such as skateboarding as well as chilling out with friends after a day’s surfing. It’s cool to wear with board shorts and equally good worn with cuffed chinos and a checked shirt.

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GRAMICCI Fuzzy G-Logo Hooded Sweatshirt

This ash-grey cotton hooded sweatshirt by Gramicci sports an illustration of a blue canoe on its front, which is a cool reference to the brand’s origins in outdoor apparel. The hoodie is soft and breathable camping attire that’s designed to keep you warm during outdoor activities and perfect to slip on when you get out of the water after a morning surf.

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MANASTASH Flex Climber Straight-Leg Belted Cotton-Blend Twill Cargo Trousers

Designed in Tokyo, but inspired by the Pacific Northwest, these Flex Climber straight-leg cargo pants by Manastash are perfect for outdoor adventures. Made from durable cotton-blend twill and topped with an adjustable belt, they are easy and comfortable to wear. Cornwall is an adventure playground and in these trousers you be well equipped for all action terrains.

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FINISTERRE Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Sleeve Top

This Nieuwland 2e Yulex blue natural-rubber long-sleeve cold water top by Finisterre offers core warmth and sun protection, whatever your water adventure. Whether you plan to swim, surf or paddle board, the Nieuwland top is ideal for all ocean explorers. While you may not want to invest in a full-on wetsuit, this top works equally well partnered with board shorts to prevent surf rash.

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QUICKSILVER Surfsilk New Wave 20″ – Board Shorts for Men

Quiksilver has been making board shorts for over 50 years and, with the brand’s strong commitment to sustainability, the Surfsilk New Wave 20 board shorts are not only tough on the outside but are made with 53 per cent recycled polyester, so are the perfect shorts to invest in for all water sports. And in bright blue, they are versatile enough to be worn with a navy blue wetsuit top for surfing or a simple white T-shirt for walking into town.

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RAPANUI Organic Cotton Green & Grey Surf Towel

Whether you are warming up after a cold-water swim or have just finished a morning surf session, this multicoloured Surf Towel poncho by Rapanui is the perfect way to stay warm. And with its super-thick and absorbent terry loop towelling made from soft organic cotton, it’s the ideal shape for seaside changes too. It may be designed for the beach, but you’ll want to wear it everywhere.

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UGG Goldenstar Cross Slide

Ugg history is closely linked to surfing and the classic fur-lined boots were adopted by surfers to keep their feet warm after a session in the sea. But, as well as boots, the company also does a great line in Cross Slide sandals and these minimalist platform sandals crafted from velvety suede can be worn with everything and everywhere. They’re easy for slipping on when out of the water and, matched with cropped denim shorts and a T-shirt, perfect for walking back up from the beach. 

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One of the coolest street labels with attitude is Aries. It certainly is having its moment in the sun – and long may that continue. This classic printed T-shirt, back and front, is both easy to slip on over your swimsuit if you need to venture to the shops or great styled with a pair of jeans for going out at night. Just don’t buy it too oversized or you might find your boyfriend borrowing it!

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NILI LOTAN Yoann frayed denim shorts

Denim shorts come in all shapes and lengths. But what’s particularly great about the Nili Lotan Yoann frayed denim shorts is that they are cut higher on to the waist and also longer on the thigh. They look great styled with T-shirts tucked in or with a cropped bomber jacket. And in a rigid blue denim, they can easily be styled up with boots and a jacket for going out to dinner or equally with a vest top and cardigan for a summer evening by the beach.

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ABYSSE Ama printed recycled swimsuit

If you’re looking for a swimsuit that is stylish, practical, eco-friendly and perfect for all water sports, then look no further than the brand Abysse. Made using 82 per cent recycled nylon and 18 per cent spandex for extra stretch and comfort, the Ama swimsuit gets its name from Japanese pearl divers and is ideal for swimming, surfing and paddle boarding. The long sleeves also give you added sun protection and the beige and brown coral print looks great worn with denim shorts on the beach.

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Gramicci makes some cool accessories and none more so than this sturdy tote bag with plenty of room for beach or camping gear. Featuring a large mesh section, the bag allows for easy accessing of essential items such as sunscreen, sunglasses or hats, while the internal mesh pocket lets you conveniently store dirty items away from others. It’s the perfect go-to adventure beach bag.  

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By James Sleaford, style director of Secret Trips. James has worked in the fashion industry for 20 years and has held the post of fashion director of French GQ. You can find more of his work at jamessleaford.com

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