What to pack: Mexico

Mexico is a thrilling country of contrasts: the easy, relaxed style of Tulum and Baja California, and the design exactitude of the capital. When you go you want to see it all – the glorious beaches of the peninsulas, the thrilling interior, the buzz of cities – and that means packing a versatile bag. For the coasts you want to go light and loose, pack pieces that are easy to slip on and slip off. For the city, you need to channel the spirit of Mexico’s greatest architect, Luis Barragán, and pack pieces in textured fabrics that are inspired by his colour palette: punchy pinks, burnt oranges and the brilliant blue of the Mexican sky

His Bag

Frescobol Carioca Blue Leblon Beach Bat Set

When it comes to beach games, the Frescobol Carioca Blue Leblon bat and ball set is the real deal. With the bats crafted from sustainable wood and the handles featuring a bright blue neoprene grip with a heat-stamped logo – this chic set will soon become a beach holiday essential.

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Agnona Straight-Leg Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts

The great thing about these Agnona printed mid-length swim shorts is that they are smart enough to wear off the beach as well as on it. Their form and modern print mean they can easily double up for sitting at the dining table with a shirt or T-shirt and they’re also perfect for any quick trips into town.

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Isabel Marant Oscar “Marant” Sweater

For an artisanal place like Mexico that exudes both colour and texture, there is nothing better fitting then this polyamide striped crew neck by Isabel Marant, which has the feeling of the stripes being almost painted onto the jumper. Easy to style up with your favourite loose cotton trousers for an evening drink poolside.

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Frescobol Carioca Navy Veloso Suede Espadrilles

These Frescobol Carioca suede espadrilles are probably one of the most versatile shoes you can pack when travelling to a beach resort as they not only look great worn with chinos and shirts when going out, but you can easily collapse the back when travelling to and from the beach! 

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Etro Floral-Print Silk Shirt

Some shirts just have that feeling of resort adventure written all over them and this green silk printed shirt by Etro belongs to this group. Cut for a relaxed fit, this can easily be styled outside shorts as well as inside trousers and can be layered over a vest or a T-shirt for a more casual-smart feeling.  

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Dries Van Noten Cotton Baggy Pants

When it comes to modern colours no one does it better then Dries Van Noten and these effortless baggy cotton trousers in a tint of faint rose with an elasticated waist are as relaxed as they come. Easy to style up with printed shirts or patterned jumpers but also look great when paired with block colours of similar pink hues.

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Her Bag

Pippa Holt + Net Sustain Embroidered Cotton Huipil

Made by artisans, this fun, airy, cotton embroidered huipil by Pippa Holt is a must-have when travelling to any resort destination. It’s the perfect piece to slip on over your swimsuit and sit by the bar or even go into town with your leather slides and woven panier for that afternoon excursion.  

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Isabel Marant Tulum Leather-trimmed Crocheted Raffia Hat

This hand-crocheted raffia hat by Isabel Marant is aptly named “Tulum” and is a perfect accessory for any resort trip. With its wide brim, it will be perfect to shield your eyes from the sun but still always apply SPF factor for that added protection. Style up with a mini dress for daytime or simply wear by the sea with your swimsuit.

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OAS Sunset Pop Iodio Bathing Suit

This OAS swimsuit is called “Sunset Pop Iodio” and reminds us of a vertical sunrise at the beach with its beige gold, green and pink tones. Its artsy pop appearance is the perfect match for any cool Mexico beach hut resort and would also look good styled with a pair of cropped denim shorts for any evening event. 

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Saint Laurent Panier Small Leather-trimmed Raffia Tote

Whether going to the beach or into town, bags don’t get any more versatile than the Saint Laurent cream panier.  With durable leather handles and woven from raffia in a tote bucket shape, this is the perfect bag to carry all your beach accessories, books, scarves, sunglasses, hats and phones.  Plus, there’s a handy inside pocket for your smaller items so they won’t get lost at the bottom. 

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Johanna Ortiz Time Gone By Cutout Linen Mini Dress

When it comes to resort wear, Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz creates the most inspired ready-to-wear pieces, balancing fun, colour and print. This “Time Gone By” mini dress would be the perfect ensemble when visiting any of Luis Barragán’s famous buildings. Wear it with your favourite mules or clogs and a pair of large sunglasses and wide-brimmed raffia hat for that complete resort adventure. 

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Isabel Marant Jaso Embellished Leather Slides

When you invest in an adventure, you want to walk out in style and these Isabel Marant “Jaso” slide mules in black leather with gold tone eyelets and studs have plenty of attitude to boot. Easy to slip on with your favourite mini dress, bikini or huipil.

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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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