Gathering flight this summer for an inner-city sojourn? Pack like a pro with these stylish essentials

Whether you're jetting off to New York or Paris come July, or just taking a long weekend in Melbourne or Sydney; staying city chic can sometimes pose a challenge. Sure, you might be tempted to throw in a bikini for a rooftop pool session, but may we suggest you leave the beachwear behind and opt for something a little more street smart instead?  

While you'll always need your sunnies, Apple Watch Hermès and a riveting book (we can't go past Patti Smith's Just Kids for a slice of bohemian '60s New York), avoid the corporate city girl cliché and abstain from wearing all black. Tonal accessories in tan and clever separates in beige and cream pack a punch in any cityscape, just don't forget to pack your best pair of slides for pounding the pavement with ease.

And if you're really planning on moving from the museum to pre-dinner cocktails, don't forget to apply a generous dose of humidity spray and stay-all-day foundation - you want your look to last the day, don't you? Finish with a spritz of your signature scent and a swipe of your favourite lippie and you'll be as chic as the girls in Paris, Rome or NYC. Promise.

Your summer getaway essentials: urban escape