It is safe to say that summer is officially upon us. Temperatures have been in the mid twenties & blue skies have been spotted all over town. However, the Jubilee weekend is approaching & no doubt, being the country we are, the weather shall predictably take a turn for the worst, as it does with every Bank Holiday.
Regardless of the current British weather forecast, it is most definitely time for all vacays to be booked & therefore we must inevitably turn our attention to the most important of tasks, assembling our capsule summer wardrobe!
Menshapes & menswear are always the biggest allure to me, so I feel it is a relevant place to begin. These are my main summer season essentials...
The Swim Shorts. An essential part of any man's vacation wardrobe. I've gone for this snazzy printed pair from Orlebar Brown. An investment at £165. These bad boys are practicality with an edge. Team with plain cotton tees during the day & crisp white shirts in the evening.
This printed £225 Burberry Prorsum tee is a definite favourite of mine. Although it could be considered as a bold, almost statement piece, I think it can easily be dressed up or down, but definitely takes someone style savvy to bring the best out in it.
A light cotton blazer is always an essential item, especially when frequenting Cannes & such locations. Easily smartens up the most casual of attire. But remember, single breast is best! Double is death to the waistline at any age! This slim-fit number by Ami is parfait & the light blue hue is very amenable. At £490, this is definitely an investment that will bring a return!
These Common Projects low-top leather sneakers are to die for! Simple aesthetics make for incredible versatility. More hard wearing than your average pair of canvas Converse & enough credibility to sport after hours. To be teamed with everything! These babies are worth every penny of the £260 price tag.
When it comes to shades, beware! There are three classic shapes, which will never date; The Wayfarer, The Clubmaster & The Aviator. Now, just because these will never date, it does not mean to say that they suit everybody! Experiment. Once you've found a shape that suits, stick to it. Do not, I repeat, do not deviate from this shape into unknown territory, unless you are absolutely sure you can pull it off. Please be sure to have a second or third opinion on that! These acetate frames by Cutler & Gross, lean towards the classic Wayfarer shape. Their transparency means that they will affectionately compliment a multitude of things in your burgeoning wardrobe. Therefore making the £300 asking price seem rather reasonable.
These pieces are investments. Items that will stand the test of time & offer you summers of love. All you need to do is shell out a small sum on some basic essentials to fill in the gaps & you're ready for what is turning out to be a rather sizzling & soon to be stylish summer!