Summer Island Planning with MR PORTER

After four years and two failed attempts, I am finally heading to Greece this summer! Intentionally avoiding the super touristic islands of Mykonos and Ios, I have opted for something a little more relaxing, where I can soak up the sun while listening to Tame Impala on repeat. Casa Cook Resort in Rhodes is where you’ll fine me 🙂

To help me prepare for my extravagant getaway, I have teamed up with MR PORTER around the newly launched Summer Shop. Below are five wardrobe staple pieces that will help you curate the ideal summer outfits.

The Polo

The first thing I always seem to pack for a summer getaway is a polo shirt. Temperatures throughout Europe, especially on the Greek Islands, can exceed thirty degrees in the evenings, so if you are not in the mood of throwing on a casual shirt, a polo shirt still ticks all the boxes of a smart casual look.

Ensure you invest in the quality of your polo shirt. Cotton is the best option in my opinion as the material does not crinkle as bad as linen, and when you are in a rush with no time to iron, this helps.

Rubinacci Cotton-Piqué Polo Shirt (buy)

Loro Piana Stretch-Cotton Piqué Polo Shirt (buy)

The Shorts

A pair of well-tailored shorts will become your most worn item during the trip…trust me. However, no one likes a pair of ill fitted, baggy shorts. So when choosing my pair, I tend to always lean towards a cuffed style that fall just above the knee in length.

Paired with your cotton polo and comfortable pair of espadrilles, this makes for the perfect afternoon outfit.

Incotex Slim-Fit Linen and Cotton Blend Shorts in both a beige and navy.

The Shirt

Seeing as you will be spending the majority of your time poolside, you will still need to pack a shirt for when your partner repeatedly requests a beach front dinner and you finally give in for a “not so crazy” evening.

Again, if not linen, cotton is your best bet when choosing the shirt of your choice. Make sure the fit is a little loose allowing your body to breathe and possesses a unique characteristic or style.

Thom Browne Slim-Fit Penny-Collar Striped Cotton Oxford Shirt (shop)

The Pants

Leave your tailored pants, denim jeans and chinos behind. What you need is a light pair of linen/cotton blend trousers with a loose fit that you can roll up and hit the town in any day of the week.

Prada Slim-Fit Stretch-Cotton Twill Trousers (buy)

The Shoes

Yes, you will be spending seventy percent of your time bare foot, however, you will still need shoes, and flip-flops do not make the cut *I am sorry*. I always pack three different style of footwear that will suit all occasions: the espadrille, the loafer and the sneaker.

Castaner Pablo Canvas Espadrilles (buy)

Tod’s Gommino Suede Driving Shoes (buy)

Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers (buy)

Be sure to check out the Summer Shop by MR PORTER for all your summer essentials!



Founder of SMF, Elias spends most of his time travelling the world, attempting to become the first Lebanese surfer and rocking the white pant + double breasted blazer combo.