Now that Britain is seeing a bit of sunshine, you’re probably beginning to think about your summer wardrobe. Maybe you’re thinking of buying some chinos and going down the Ivy route. Maybe you’re thinking of making your heritage look a bit more hot weather friendly and are considering a pair of Made In England New Balance trainers. Maybe you’ve decided to go full on streetwear this year and will be decked out in head to toe Supreme. However you’ve decided to dress this summer, here are some tips to make your outfit dazzle and impress all of your friends.
1. Oxford Shirts
Oxford shirts are a staple of any self respecting fashionable young male. Loved by the Ivy set, the Oxford is a true American classic. A versatile piece that is well suited to both the office and the bar, it’s ideal for when a sneaky after work drink turns into a full blown night out. By tucking your Oxford into a pair of black jeans, you can be both smart and casual. Just remember to refer to it as ‘shirting’. No-one does ‘shirts’ any more.
2. Candy Stripes
Not one for the faint hearted, candy stripes are this season’s must wear print. Nothing says I’m a confident, outgoing kind of guy then a beautifully striped jacket or shirt. The combination stripes of white and colour scream “Summer’s here and I’m ready to party!” Walk into a bar wearing a jacket like this, and all eyes will be on you.
3. A good wallet
Whilst backpacks may have been the on trend accessory for winter, this summer travelling light is key. With this in mind, we recommend you invest in a good wallet. It needs to be a good quality leather so that it can withstand you stuffing it with all that cash, numerous credit cards, an oyster card and receipts. If you find yourself sitting at an angle, then you’re on the right track. Talk about getting a lean on!
4. Short Hair
With the hot summer months around the corner, now is an ideal time to get rid of that long, failed indie band moptop, and adopt a retro short back and sides. The short hair will leave you feeling much cooler in the hotter months, and the retro look will fit right in with your basic Ivy look. Make sure you keep the parting straight and to the side, and keep the top slick. If you go to Enzo, tell him we sent you.
5. The urban sombrero
A hat is both a practical and fashionable accessory for the summer. It will keep the sun out of your eyes and make you look like the coolest cat whilst you’re chilling out on London Fields. Whilst everyone else will be rocking Supreme snapbacks, we recommend the Urban Sombrero. It combines the spirit of old Mexico with a little big city panache. The daring shape and wide brim will set you apart from the crowd, and we think it will be a key look this summer.
Hopefully our tips will help you put together the ultimate summer look this year. Come back next week for an ill-informed How To Dress Like Don Draper feature. Everyone else is doing it.