If you’re a single man heading to a fall destination wedding in Spain, the right apparel can make or break your trip. Rather than taking more than you need, pare down your vacation wardrobe to the essentials so you can focus less on packing and unpacking and more on enjoying the attractions.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled a guide containing packing strategies for Spain in fall, along with some men’s outfit ideas. You’ll discover ideas for wedding-guest attire, along with swimwear for the beach and all-occasion resort-wear outfits. In addition, there’s fashion inspiration for enjoying the nightlife and lounging in your hotel room after the festivities.
Whether you’re flying to the beaches of Ibiza or the vibrant city of Madrid, there’s no need to pack too much. Even in the fall, many parts of Spain can be warm and summerlike. Depending on your location and how far into the season, you can still comfortably enjoy the beach—which is why you’ll find a section on swimwear in this article.
For short trips, a carry-on bag is all you need. Checked luggage and multiple travel bags are only usually required for longer trips or if you have numerous dressy outfits to bring along. Many destination weddings are casual, and a single bag might be enough if this is the case. Choose the largest one you can carry and use an efficient packing strategy to fit the most apparel and accessories.
Many professional organizers will tell you to roll your shirts and pants into burrito-shaped cylinders for travel. We find this an efficient way of carrying the most clothing on vacation, and it’s fast and easy to do. To create a sturdy foundation, line the bottom of your suitcase with any flat objects or heavier pieces such as shoes. Your rolled clothing can be arranged on top in layers, and toiletries can be safely stashed in zippered grooming cases.
Linen isn’t just for summer. This light-yet-dressy fabric can be worn on warm fall days to a destination wedding. This is especially true if the wedding is outdoors or on the beach. A pair of lightweight men’s chinos in a khaki hue is an ideal accompaniment to a neutral-hued linen shirt.
If semi-casual dress is specified on your wedding invite, consider wearing a men’s polo shirt and a pair of dress pants with boat shoes or other semi-dressy shoes. Men’s polo shirts come in many colors, so you can find one that complements the rest of your outfit. A button-down dress shirt with a tie and linen pants is an outfit idea for a more formal ceremony.
Once you’ve decided on your outfit for the ceremony and reception, you may consider bringing extra clothes. If you plan on swimming, shopping, dining or exploring the nightlife, you’ll need some outfits for each occasion. A small vacation capsule wardrobe can keep you covered for all of the above. Here are some fashion ideas to keep you stylish in Spain after the wedding.
All you need for swimming in a Spanish ocean or catching rays on the beach is a pair of men’s swim trunks and a rash-guard cover-up. Volley trunks come in different lengths, including a modest 8 inches that fall nearly to the knee. They’re equipped with a full elastic waist with drawcord for an adjustable fit that’s always comfortable. If you plan to get active, board shorts are a good bet. Both styles come in various colors and prints to suit your style. When it comes to men’s rash guards, a hoodie with shorts provides ample protection against UV rays. Rash guards are made from light, fast-drying polyester, providing UPF 50+ for covered areas.
You can wear men’s shorts around the resort, hotel, or local attractions. On warm fall days, chino shorts or the more casual cargo shorts pair perfectly with a lightweight men’s sweater or short-sleeve polo. A lightweight button-down can be worn with dress pants or black jeans in a classic straight-leg style for a semi-dressy look. Layered apparel is a good idea for fall, as temperatures can fluctuate from hot to cool even in Spain. Think light cotton sweaters over men’s T-shirts with khakis or a structured pair of shorts.
Men’s outfits for a night on the town can vary from dress pants, a button-down and a men’s blazer to jeans and a tee. It all depends on which after-dark hotspots you’re hitting. For a trip to a renowned five-star restaurant, you’ll want to wear a collared shirt and sport jacket. Maybe you’re going to an after-dark beach party or dance club. In that case, keep cool in a linen shirt and your favorite type of men’s shorts. You’ll want sensible footwear, such as slip-on boat shoes with a rubber outsole or your favorite walking shoes with light, breathable socks. You can wear slides or water shoes without socks for a party on the sand.
Cozy loungewear is needed when you’re ready to kick back in your hotel room and enjoy some relaxation—and maybe some room service. Men’s flannel pajama pants and a roomy T-shirt is an ideal lounge outfit for men. You can also sport on-trend style in a pair of French terry joggers and matching sweatshirt.
These are just some ideas to help make packing for a fall wedding in Spain more manageable. Use our ideas as a springboard to create your destination wedding wardrobe that suits your lifestyle and apparel preferences.