Summer’s finally here and with the mercury rising, whether you’re jetting off to far flung shores or kicking back in England, the heat can wreak havoc on even the most stylish gentleman’s wardrobe. While it’s all too tempting when packing for a trip away (be it two weeks or a long weekend) to throw every item you own into a suitcase, this is less than efficient and will fail to answer your wardrobe woes. The trick is to invest in versatile and interchangeable pieces allowing you to create a plethora of outfits that will look effortlessly stylish while being comfortable. Our style basics will have you smugly swanning pass baggage reclaim, and avoiding any suitcase-induced back injuries this August.
A Classic shirt
Nothing says class better than a well-fitted good quality shirt. The Hamilton 1883 Non-Chambray shirt combines crisp tailored lines with a laid back edge to encapsulate summer style perfectly. The soft cotton material makes it breathable enough to don for a gin & tonic on a summer’s evening, and the classic blue hue looks equally as stylish worn with a pair of chinos or luxe suite trousers.
A Pair of Aviators
Unsurprisingly, sunglasses are must for the summer months, and aviators are always a failsafe winner; suiting every face shape and providing an effortlessly slick finish to any outfit – no matter how smart or casual the ensemble may be. Obviously, Ray Bans are the go-to choice but do check out Saint Laurent’s selection of aviators that come in an array of colours – they’ll see you through many summer soirees to come.
The lighter, smarter and infinitely more stylish alternative to jeans. The chino will take you from a casual lunch to a trendy beachside bar without breaking a sweat; simply swap your cotton tee for a loose linen shirt, add a pair of deck shoes, espadrilles or plimsolls to complete this laid back summer look. Steven Alan’s chinos from matchesfashion.com are the perfect purchase – the muted terracotta tone make them the perfect transitional piece from summer to autumn.
A Simple Boat Shoe
The boat shoe oozes old school class, and looks equally as great with shorts or trousers making them the perfect summer footwear. Pair yours with a pair of rolled up chinos and a simple crewneck sweatshirt for a stylish and easy outfit for an early morning walk along the beach. We have our eye on these Gold Cup Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe by Sperry To
p-Sider, the combination of tan and tones make them classic and versatile.
The Minimalist Swimming Trunk
Gentleman, this isn’t a covert message endorsing speedos. The Merise Solid Swimsuit by Viebrequin is the epitome of the perfect swimming trunk – falling on the mid-thigh with a slightly tailored fit these black trunks are understated and flattering. The button detail adds an extra thoughtful touch, meaning once you’ve dried off from your dip, these shorts will serve you well whether you’re in a swanky restaurant or lounging by the pool.