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Oli's Pick: The Isle of Wight

Aug 6, 2018
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With an unbelievable summer of beautiful weather, staying here in the UK and enjoying the unprecedented amount of sunshine is on everyone’s mind and rightly so. However, finding the best place to go can be a challenge and with the popularity of short weekend breaks increasing, we thought we would help to plan your long weekend and give some suggestions as to what you could be wearing.

Beside the Isle of Wight's natural attraction with it's sweeping coast lines and breath taking views, it is also the home to the annual Cowes Sailing Regatta; a week-long celebration of yachting, racing and boat culture. With up to 40 daily races it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. The small seaport town of Cowes usually is home to around 10,000 people but during the week of the regatta, it attracts crowds of up to 20,000, which makes it an exciting and bustling place to visit.

A lobster on its back in a chefs' hand

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat then look no further than The Little Gloster in Gurnard, which sits on the other side of the headland from Cowes. With panoramic views of the Solent and a menu that uses the seasonal seafood and local produce available to them; this Scandinavian inspired restaurant is a great place to escape the busyness of the Cowes week festivities. It is also one of Oli's favourite places to eat when he is on the island. 

A large lighthouse stands in front of a a large white rock with white cliffs in the background.

If a full weekend of boat related activities isn’t for you, then the small British island is home to some stunning natural landscapes and beaches. On the westernmost point of the island’s coast you can find the Needles; a series of jagged white rocks that protrude from the ocean to form an amazing costal spectacle. Further along from the Needles is Alum Bay, which is best known for its multi-coloured sand cliffs. The unusual coloured rock face is formed from oxidised iron compounds that result in strains of coloured rock forming creating a beautiful landscape.

What to wear

Packing for a weekend away needs to be concise and practical, it's still possible to look stylish and feel comfortable in what you are wearing. In this case a pair of comfortable shorts for the daytime (our drawstring shorts should do the trick) and good pair of trousers for the evening is all you will need. We recommend a pair of our Drawstring Trousers as they are both relaxed, smart and can be dressed in different ways depending on the occasion. 

With fluctuating weather patterns and the chance of breeze, a lightwieght jacket on a trip away needs to be practical and easy to fold down into a bag. Our Buck Jacket in Linton Navy is a great solution and is cut from a mid-weight linen that will provide a layer of protection against an impromptu shower or chilly evening. Finally, a sturdy bag is necessary when traveling and is the perfect accessory to complete any holiday look. Our full-grain Doctors Bags are made from a hard wearing, pebbled British leather that has an additional strap for throwing over your shoulder or short handle when moving from the car to the hotel. 

 

 

Image 1: Boats Racing at Cowes 

Image 2: The Little Gloster Resturant and Bar 

Image 3: the Needles rock formation 

Oliver Spencer

From early beginnings as a self-taught tailor and shopkeeper, Oliver Spencer has built a brand around his vision: hand-crafted quality paired with stylish accents and details. In the words of GQ, a ‘uniquely British take on relaxed style’.

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