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Vacation essentials, part 2

More packing tips for your getaway from Smartertraveler: Sunglassses offer more than panache, good ones protect your eyes from UVA and UVB burning rays. What would summer be without sandals? Trade up from flip-flops to dressier summer footwear that’s as suited for an upscale restaurant as it is at the beach. Fold in a summer-weight cotton or linen sweater for blustery boat rides, napping in a shady hammock or taking off the chill of hotel AC. Invest in an easy-breezy summer dress for on the plane, beach coverup or dressed up with heels and jewelry for a night out. When you get back, let us clean your vacation clothes – you’ll be ready to go again.

Vacation essentials.

Packing tips for your summer getaway from Smartertraveler: Start with a packable hat to avoid overexposure, you may look like you’re on safari, but you’ll be cooler and sunburn-free;  a one-piece swimsuit will suit activities from bodysurfing to snorkeling; waterproof shoes from rain boots to aquasox, depending on your destination. Be ready for almost anything with a white cotton or linen shirt for coolness from beachy coverup to dressier dinner. Pack a couple of lightweight scarves for dressup, cover up or warmth against evening breeze. Speaking of inclement weather, be prepared for the inevitable with a lightweight waterproof anorak or windbreaker Make the most of your summer – pack light and smart.

Summer fashion.

According to fashion blog Iridescence,  summer fashionistas will be featuring iridescent holographic skirts, dresses and accessories for a shimmering, metallic look.  See-through mesh will move off the beach and into dressy evening. Tea-length skirts continue popularity with a voluminous ladylike silhouette. Classic white button-downs are reinterpreted with necktie detailing, embellishments and asymmetrical cuts. Sweatshirts get a fresh makeover with brighter colors and splashier patterns. Power suits continue popularity for business wear, now with bolder colors and coordinated color separates. Mint green, lavender and blush pink in daywear will be popular. It’s a sportier summer with athletic inspiration seen in baseball caps, tennis-inspired dresses and varsity jackets. Whatever the style, you always look your best in crisp, clean clothes – that’s where we shine, in every season.

Sparkling white sneakers.

White canvas shoes are perfect for summer – until they start looking beige. Here’s how to remove stains, thanks to How to Clean Stuff. Scrub away dirt stains with shampoo on a nail brush, wipe residue away with a damp sponge. Use dish soap on grass stains, and nail polish remover on grease or tar. After you’ve removed as much as possible, apply oxygen bleach with a nailbrush or toothbrush to any remaining off-white areas. If you don’t mind losing the new look, canvas shoes can usually be machine washed on a gentle cycle with warm water. Hang to air dry.

The secrets of men’s underwear.

Ten percent of men have underwear in the drawer that’s at least ten years old, have designated a “lucky” pair or wear the same underpants up to four days in row! 35% have their partner or mother buy their shorts. 65% wear different underwear for sports and 30% admit underwear has caused a wedgie. What do men wear? 43% boxers, 32% briefs, 19% super-briefs and 5% go commando. Men’s underwear is a booming business that’s gone well beyond the classic whitey tighties. Bright colors, technical fabrics and graphic patterns are popular.  No matter what the trend, 91% of men look for comfort and good fit.