The Style Councillor

Avoid the sales and get ahead instead

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Shop smart with an eye to next season’s new arrivals, says our Style Director

With temperatures still nudging the upper twenties, searching for a new season winter coat or trying on two-ply cashmere knitwear are probably not terribly high on your priority list. Although the summer sales are in full swing, our advice is to avoid the end-of-line rails and shop smart to get ahead. No matter how great those bargain shorts or linen shirts are, they’re unlikely to get much wear beyond your summer holiday now.

So, we’ve chosen five new season pieces from some of our favourite brands that are dropping into store now, and there’s not an overcoat or cashmere cable-knit among them. It’s not that they don’t offer these winter staples, its more that these are pieces you can start to wear now; from suede shoes to a lightweight wool suit, that will take you comfortably into the next season, and further still to the depths of winter-proper.

1. Hugo Boss checked virgin wool suit

While July and August signify holiday time for many of us, and a chance to change out of our work attire into something more relaxed, others will be soldiering on in the city. Certainly, come September, it’s back to work for us all. Given we’ll be seeing a lot of checked fabrics coming to the fore this autumn, this sharp looking two-piece suit is one we’d recommend investing in now. The virgin wool cloth is light enough to wear on warmer days, while it’s also practical to wear beneath an overcoat come winter. Prince-of-Wales check will be an important pattern in tailoring this winter, so show some forward thinking and get ahead of the trend. Wear it as a full suit with either a white shirt and dark solid-coloured tie, or break it up and wear the jacket with a navy or dark grey flannel trousers and a rollneck. Or, you could even pair the trousers with navy double-breasted blazer.

£795, shop now

2. Ichizawa Hanpu for Trunk canvas tool bag

We love this canvas bag from contemporary Chiltern Street outfitter Trunk Clothiers. Trunk is known for it’s inventive buy, and owner Mats Klingberg’s constantly looking for ways to work with little-known brands from across the globe. This hard-wearing tote from Japan’s Ichizawa Hanpu comes in 8oz cotton and is finished with brass hardware, and made in a workshop in Kyoto by two skilled craftspeople. Yes, you read right, just two of the them. Tan is a great colour for summer, and will also work nicely with rich autumnal colours in a few months time. It’s a great size and shape to use on casual weekends away, and looks smart enough to use for work, too. Snap it up as your easy access carry-on luggage for business or leisure trips.

£140, shop now 

3. Albam hooded jacket

This yellow sailing smock from Jackal favourite, Albam, might not be the first thing that pops into your head when it comes to seasonal outwear, but hear me out. Firstly, yellow is tipped as a hot colour this autumn and we expect to see a lot of it around, so you’d be ahead of the pack with this piece. Plus, there are lots of references to the great outdoors coming in next season; from hiking jackets to mountaineering parkas, and this hooded smock won’t look out of place. Moreover, given its practical pockets and hood, it’s also a contender for any of those summer music festivals you’ve yet to hit up, especially if the weather turns. The only real rule when wearing this jacket is to keep it casual – team with a striped Breton tee and boat shoes for an authentic seafaring look, or give it an urban edge with slim washed denim and lace-up hiking-style boots.

£170, shop now

4. Cheaney ‘Deal’ suede derby shoes

The Jackal learned about footwear back in January, when we were on our biannual merry-go-round of style previews. First, there’s going to be a huge amount of brown around this autumn, and second, suede is on equal-footing with leather. Moreover, these chocolate suede derbies from Northampton-based shoemaker Cheaney, really stood out: they’re as easy to wear as can be and made from top-notch suede, to boot. These will look great now with turned-up chinos or white jeans, and come winter will look equally good with heavier dark denim or checked wool tailored trousers. The non-slip rubber soles will keep you steady on your feet come the wet and icy conditions, too. They might seem seem a distant memory this week, but we’ll be up to our ankles in slush before you know it.

£350, shop now

5. Burberry merino wool sweater

I know it seems a little early to be thinking about winter knitwear, but before you can say ‘Cumulonimbus’, the clouds will return and you’ll be back in a sweater and wellies. This candy coloured design from Burberry is made from soft merino wool, using multi-coloured mouline yarns that create a mottled, marbled texture across the knit’s surface. It also ticks the big knitwear trend box for next season, which is set to make bold striped jumpers a focal-point for your autumn wardrobe. Don’t be put off by the children’s TV presenter vibe, either. Colourful pieces like this will fit in right across your casual wardrobe; from dark navy cotton trousers and white sneakers to smooth grey flannels and brown full-grain chunky brogues.

£550, shop now