A luxury train trip is one of the most memorable and indulgent experiences on earth, however, packing for one can be a bit daunting. Many luxury trains come with strict dress codes, be it black tie attire for dinner or certain footwear being banned on the train. Whether it’s a glamorous night on the Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient Express or a journey through South Africa on the famous Blue Train – here’s what to pack for, and how to stick to the dress code on, a luxury train train trip.
Reiss Jessica Panama Hat
Best for: Sun-soaked train excursions
A wide-brim hat, especially a straw hat, is the most glamorous way to shield yourself from the sun – being both functional and glamorous. Reiss’ Jessica hat is perfect for excursions in the heat, such as exploring the Australian outback on the Ghan or the African planes on the Rovos Rail Pride of Africa. It’s detailed with star-effect weave and chic black detailing.
Jessica Panama hat, £95, reiss.com
Ganni Tiered Midi Dress
Best for: Cocktails on board
Ganni’s floral-print red dress is crafted from tiered pleated georgette creating a flouncy flattering silhouette. Its classic round neckline is complemented with fluid balloon sleeves, creating a modern take on a classic look. We love the bright colours, and would pair with mules or heeled sandals for cocktails or lunch.
Ganni tiered pleated-georgette midi dress, £205, matchesfashion.com
Stella McCartney Cardigan
Best for: Getting cosy in your luxury sleeper cabin
Perfect for lounging in your cabin or wandering through the carriages, Stella McCartney’s navy cable-knit and faux fur cardigan is both comfortable and chic. A must-have essential for any cooler-climate train, like the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.
Stella McCartney able-knit faux fur cardigan, £750, net-a-porter.com
Emilio Pucci PVC Tote
Best for: Cabin essentials and off-train excursions
Emilio Pucci is known for its dazzling designs and colourful prints, and this tote is no other. It fits a laptop and change of flats perfectly – ideal for your travel essentials and everything you need for an off-train excursion.
Twist leather-trimmed logo-print PVC tote, £365, theoutnet.com
Marks & Spencer Satin Blouson Shirt
Best for: Versatility – can be dressed up or down
This stylish M&S blouse is a suitcase essential, ticking all the boxes for a luxury train’s dress code. Simply pair with linen trousers for a chic day look, or tailored trousers and heels for a chic evening appropriate ensemble. Buttoned cuffs and an exaggerated collar lend a smart finish.
Satin blouson sleeve shirt, £39.50, marksandspencer.com
MSGM Sequinned Midi Dress
Best for: Bucket list trains like the Venice Simplon-Orient Express
Make the most of your luxury train trip by going all out, and this shimmering gown by MSGM is the only way to do so. Its crafted in Italy with a deep V-neck, gathered bodice, full length sleeves and a flowing A-line skirt. Pair with heels and a red lip.
MSGM sequinned midi dress, now £225, matchesfashion.com
Stuart Weitzman Pumps
Best for: Lavish dinners on board
Stuart Weitzman’s metallic pumps have an approachable heel and elegant pointed toe, ideal for wandering from your sleeper carriage to the dining car. The small heel makes them very wearable and comfortable, so you won’t really feel like you’re dressing up.
Stuart Weitzman textured-lamé pumps, £213, matchesfashion.com
Paravel Canvas Weekend Bag
Best for: Travelling light
Shorter train journeys may not call for a whole suitcase, and this stylish weekend bag is the perfect alternative. It’s made from water-resistant canvas and has sturdy leather straps and gold feet to protect the base from scratches. Inside you’ll find twill lining with two zipped pockets and a shoulder strap to attach.
Paravel duffel leather-trimmed canvas weekend bag, £265, net-a-porter.com
Jennifer Behr Dolcina earrings
Best for: Dressing up a smart-casual outfit
These earrings are pretty nifty, simply pair them with a day look and you’re pretty much instantly dressed for dinner. Shaped into delicate blooms framed with detailed leaves, this golden-hued design is the perfect piece of luxury for your lobes.
Jennifer Behr Dolcina earrings, £131, mytheresa.com
Marks & Spencer Leaf Print Midi Skirt
Best for: Days on board and warm city excursions
Up your on-board loungewear game in M&S’ comfortable and stylish pleated midi skirt in leaf print. It comes with an elasticated waist for a flexible fit and has a pleated design for extra stretch and comfort.
M&S leaf print pleated midi skirt, £35, marksandspencer.com