There’s no denying it – summer is well and truly here to stay. If you’re getting into the swing with sunset drinks at skyline bars, al fresco dining and summer cocktails, now it’s time to think about your wardrobe. Here are five bright buys to inject some colour into your summer look.
1. Paul Smith Miyata Trainers
Once the thermostat starts to rise, your Chelsea boots and brogues just won’t cut it any more. Tread the line between smart and casual in these almost-impossibly summery suede trainers from Paul Smith. In powdery beige suede with contrasting leather trims, this design is kept streamlined with tonal laces, understated stitch detailing and subtle silver eyelets. They’ll work equally well with your lightweight summer work suit as they will with cream shorts and a printed shirt at a weekend picnic.
2. Desmond & Dempsey Medina Striped Shirt
Inspired by the vivid, saturated colours of old Marrakech, this striped Medina shirt from Desmond & Dempsey couldn’t feel more right for rising temperatures. With this season’s must-wear camp collar, the laid-back style of this shirt is also informed by Cuba’s ‘60s surf culture – the boxy silhouette makes it ideal for tackling sweltering summer days with aplomb. Simply throw it on over some tailored shorts, Call Me By Your Name-style, add some canvas sneakers, and you’re good to go.
3. Super By Retrosuperfuture Air Havana & Gold Sunglasses
Tired of your go-to wayfarer or aviator frames? Let us introduce you to Super by Retrosuperfuture, an eyewear brand dedicated to taking the other road. All its frames are crafted by artisans in Italy, with an emphasis on clean, contemporary designs with distinctive twists. The Air style is based on a classic Aviator model, which is upgraded with bottle-green lenses, slim gold frames and tortoiseshell arms. Frames to wear if you want to stand out from the crowd.
4. J.Crew Stanton Shorts
Crisp cotton shorts are a warm weather essential. Want to go one better? This preppy Stanton style from J.Crew comes in a pastel pink hue that’s as wearable as it is summery. From the tennis club to the beach-side bar, these are sure to help you stand out – in a ‘I’m comfortable with my masculinity’ kind of way. The slim fit is flattering, paired with a breezy linen shirt and the above Paul Smith trainers, or with a simple denim polo.
5. Battenwear Ikat Print Shirt
We’ve already established that printed shirts are a must-have this summer, and we’ve got one more to add to that list. Inspired by classic surf culture, this cotton shirt comes in a vibrant ikat print that’s tempered by a retro, boxy fit. It’s the ideal feel-good piece to wear to all your upcoming barbecues and al fresco dinner parties – the playful print says is fun and fashionable, but surprisingly easy to wear. Just keep the rest of your look simple: cuffed jeans or dark chinos are all this shirt needs.