This week’s edit has turned into something of a bells and whistles shirt story, but that’s no bad thing. As we inch ever closer to summer proper (it is coming, I promise), adding a few breezier pieces to your wardrobe is a smart move – by the time we reach the end of May, you’ll be well stocked for the holiday season and beyond. These are some of the sharpest shirts we’ve seen in recent weeks – here’s hoping you spot something you like.
1. Camoshita terry towelling polo shirt
Camoshita’s signature polo shirt is unashamedly ‘50s in its design. Terry towelling was big back then, and it’s been in vogue for the past couple of seasons too. In this rich rusty ‘sherbet’ colour, this piece is suitably optimistic for summer, but not so light that you can’t wear it now. What’s more, with its generous collar and oversized fit, this polo can be comfortably dressed up or down. Try it with pleated chinos and an unstructured or workwear jacket now, and swap out for washed linen shorts on vacation.
€240 (£205 at current rates), beige-habilleur.com
2. Séfr woven crepe shirt
While we’re in the mood for quirky colours, this mustard melange short-sleeved shirt from Séfr is another on-trend choice for the season to come. Mustard’s in for summer, and looks surprisingly chic with dark, toned-down colours like navy or taupe. I’d wear it with a softly structured navy seersucker or linen suit, but it’d look just as cool thrown over an off-white striped T-shirt and a pair of dark-coloured chinos. In crepe, with a slightly oversized silhouette, this shirt feels super comfy, but it also lends a relaxed, dare I say louche edge to a smart-casual look, too.
3. Beams Plus printed seersucker overshirt
I know this looks mental, but you’ve got to admit it’s got something about it. The design team at Beams Plus aren’t known for their restraint, and this technicolour seersucker overshirt certainly isn’t for shrinking violets. Nevertheless, with its psychedelic faux-patchwork print it makes for a great statement weekend jacket when the mercury rises. The key to wearing a piece like this well is to keep everything else suitably sober – plain navy T-shirts and classic off-white summer chinos are all you need to calm this shirt down. Pop the collar, roll up the sleeves and own it.
4. Universal Works Oxford open-collar shirt
This piece caught my eye a few weeks back – I’ve been walking past a bright yellow version of the very same shirt in one of my local shop windows enviously for weeks. Whether you’re a bright yellow, navy, or olive green guy, this is a smart buy. Universal Works doesn’t make flimsy clothes, and with its soft Oxford cotton and boxy fit, this piece feels reassuringly solid. The open collar is distinctive and easy to wear, and the patch pocket on the chest is the perfect finishing touch.
5. East Harbour Surplus ‘Nolan’ jacket
Unlined and unstructured, this relaxed take on a safari jacket from independent British workwear brand, East Harbour Surplus, is a great throw-on top-layer for spring. Its narrow peaked lapels and waisted shape lend it a tailored edge, while the four front patch-and-flap add a utilitarian feel. This is just begging to be layered over a navy T-shirt and mid-blue washed jeans with turn-ups. Perfect for relaxed weekends around town. Nicely done, Trunk Clothiers.
6. Good News ‘Bagger 2’ trainers
Increasingly agreeable weather means it’s almost canvas shoe season. Instead of the traditional silhouettes, try something a little more elevated. These pleasingly-chunky trainers from new London trainer-maker Good News shoes not only look good, they do good for the planet too (coming with recycled rubber soles, organic cotton uppers and superbly-squishy recycled eco-lite footbeds fitted as standard).
7. J Crew Editions x Barbour ‘Barn’ jacket
We’ve already mentioned the wax jacket revival happening in menswear right now, but if you still need a bit of convincing into getting one for yourself, the fact that J Crew has just launched a collaboration with Barbour should seal the deal. The first in the American label’s new J Crew Editions series (a line that will see wardrobe classics reinvented by the brand), this version of Barbour’s Barn Jacket (originally released in 1983) is cut from Barbour’s 4-ounce waxed cotton, making it perfect for this season’s hit-and-miss climate – light enough for humidity, waterproof enough for sudden showers.