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10 trends you'll be wearing this summer

10 trends you'll be wearing this summer

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to start investing in your warm-weather wardrobe. From short suits to chic basket bags and ugly sandals, we've handpicked the top ten summer fashion trends we predict you'll be sporting this season. Now, what happened to that sunshine, Mr. Weatherman? 

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1. CITY SHORTS 

Mint Velvet Ivory Striped Paperbag Short

 

With steamy tube platforms and malfunctioning air-con days at the office on the horizon, we couldn’t be more thankful that the short suit is having a moment.


Mint Velvet, Ivory Striped Paperbag Short, £69

 


2. FLORAL MIDIS

Whistles Ditsy Blossom Midi Shirt Dress

 

For summer, blooms and blossoms are flourishing in all possible guises - the freshest variety being bold, saturated hues. Heels, sandals, trainers... pretty much everything works with a floral midi, making it the most hardworking piece in your wardrobe. 


Whistles, Ditsy Blossom Midi Shirt Dress, £155

 


3. UGLY SANDALS

Tommy Jeans Neo Flatform

 

The ‘ugly sandal’ is going nowhere for SS19 and will provide the perfect antidote to the abundance of florals and romantic ruffles that are appearing. Just think of it as the natural continuation of winter's hiking boot trend, but breezier.

Tommy Jeans, Neo Flatform, £59.99

 


4. BALLOON SLEEVES

Oasis, Button Puff Sleeve Crop Top

Not dissimilar to the '80s iteration, but this time around, the balloon sleeve is more of a feminine addition to your summer blouses and dresses rather than full-on power shoulders.


Oasis, Button Puff Sleeve Crop Top, £29

 


5. BASKET BAGS

Seaspray Palm Detail Raffia Bag

 

Straw, macramé, and wicker are once again on our accessories radar this summer. As wearable in the city with jeans as it is on the beach, a basket bag is a summer must-have. 


Seaspray, Palm Detail Raffia Bag, £59

 


6. POLKA DOTS

Free People Love Street Polka Dot Print Top

 

Call us dotty, but we’ll never tire of the polka dot craze. From puff-sleeved blouses to sundresses, skirts, and accessories, the iconic print can be worn an endless amount of ways this summer.


Free People, Love Street Polka Dot Print Top, £88

 


7. MARIGOLD YELLOW

Mulberry Small Harlow Satchel Bag

 

This one is for the sun seekers among us. An eye-catcher and a statement-maker all in one, sunny, marigold yellow is going to be everywhere this summer - let's just hope for the matching weather.


Mulberry, Small Harlow Satchel Bag, £650

 


8. BLOCK HEEL SANDALS

Moda in Pelle Laurentia High Smart Sandals

 

Hallelujah, there’ll be no sinking in the mud at those garden parties this year because we’ll all be ditching spiky heels for their comfier, cooler counterpart – the block heel.


Moda in Pelle, Laurentia High Smart Sandals, £79.95

 


9. THE SAFARI JACKET

Mint Velvet Neutral Belted Safari Blazer

With a nod to the emerging safari trend, the cargo jacket is making a return as the perfect transitional summer piece. We'll be wearing ours with a lot of animal print and off-white denim.


Mint Velvet, Neutral Belted Safari Blazer, £119

 


10. SHELL DETAILS

Thomas Sabo Ocean Stars Zirconia Starfish Ring Band

From the runways at Altuzarra and Anna Sui to our Instagram feeds, the nostalgic shell jewellery craze isn't slowing down anytime soon. Get ready to embrace this kitsch holiday souvenir style in a big way. 


Thomas Sabo, Ocean Stars Zirconia Starfish Ring Band, £89
 
 
 
 

Your summer event guide

Your summer event guide

 

This summer is set to be a cracker. But with a dizzying amount of events going on and invites flying left, right and centre, knowing what to wear to said event can be a troublesome process. So to help out, we’ve pulled together a foolproof guide. Consider this your hot-weather handbook…

 

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Wimbledon

Wimbledon is as much an opportunity for people-watching as it is watching tennis itself, so the pressure for what to wear can be high. We recommend summery smart-casual: a great shirt, stone chinos, summery loafers, and the almost obligatory shades. Leave all-white to the pros and go for neutral colours. This is not the place for peacocking – who knows who you might run into?

Work do

Is it just us or as soon as summer hits, does your calendar go haywire? Work drinks, functions, lunches and the like mean it can be hard to get any actual work done. What’s more, sometimes choosing something that'll work from desk to do is more hard work than the event itself. We recommend a great, short-sleeved shirt in a print or subtle pastel shade. Team it with summery suit trousers, chinos or, if your office dress code so allows, tailored chino shorts. Minimalist trainers are helpful if running to and from venues and so is a leather backpack.

Polo

It comes as no surprise that a quintessentially English event calls for a preppy outfit. Try a blazer, a short-sleeved shirt, and slim, tailored shorts. A polo shirt is another obvious choice – but steer clear of white jeans and a white polo unless you want to be mistaken for a player. Keep colours neutral and summery and natural fibres will be more breathable which is a definite winner. Boat shoes look great here – smart but still carefree and breezy.

 

 

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The only workwear guide you’ll ever need

The only workwear guide you'll ever need

 

Apparently, we spend a third of our lives at work, which sounds like a scary amount of time. If we’re going to spend that long at our desk, we might as well look good doing it, right? This is where our handy guide comes in. With the days of white-collar dressing long gone, modern-day workwear gives you the freedom to dress up, dress down and embrace your personal style. Follow our guide to the new ways to do 9-5 dressing and those hours at work will fly by. 

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The new smart 

Despite the dramatic casualization of workwear generally, some professions still dictate that you look, well, smart. Just when you thought, especially with fashion’s obsession with streetwear of late, that you could throw out the suit, think again. The spring/summer catwalks were a love letter to tailoring.

When it comes to suits, a wardrobe of four great ones is a good shout: a classic navy and black two-piece, a three piece in a heritage check and a charcoal suit in a slimmer, slightly more modern fit. Don’t scrimp on quality, these are going to last you. It’s best to rest your suit for a day or two in between each wear as well.

Shoes are of the utmost importance here (judging a man by his shoes and all that). With your navy suit, black, rich brown or cognac Oxfords or Derbies look great. With your black suit, stick to black shoes. With a grey, heritage suit, opt for dark brown, maroon or black shoes and with your charcoal number, black or burgundy will set it off.

Ties, watch, cufflinks… again go for quality and modern. Smart no longer means stuffy. 

 

 

 

The new smart-casual

Smart-casual used to be a minefield and often the kerfuffle led us to regrettably the same dark jeans and shirt awkwardly tucked in or the suit sans tie that you’d rather forget. Today smart-casual is an invitation to options aplenty.

Our hero pieces? Number one, the tapered trousers. Suit style trousers, cropped, with a great fitting tee tucked in and smart sneakers is a sartorial winner.

Number two, the shacket (shirt-jacket) or utility jacket paired with great knitwear. On that subject, knitwear is the smart-casual dream. A luxurious roll neck, or a fine crew neck under a suit jacket, is one of those not-so-secret style secrets.

Number three, a trench. This coat is the genius springtime stalwart for all weathers.

Number four, deconstructed suits. Oversized, loose jackets in light fabrics a la the spring/summer catwalks say not too smart, not too casual.

 

 

The new casual


The prospect of a casual or ‘dress code free’ workplace may induce a sigh of relief. But before you pull out your seen-better-days sweatshirt, remember, casual workwear also means class. Generally speaking, keep cuts tailored and quality high. Think a denim jacket, chunky knitwear, heavy cord trousers and great sneakers. Alternatively, go for mid wash, straight jeans, a retro tee, trainers and chunky socks, or a clean-line tee, chinos and loafers.

The great news is you can show your personality, the bad news is don’t go overboard. Intro trends – such as neon or bulbous sneakers – while keeping the rest of your outfit crisp and on-point. The coolest guy in the office? We’re now looking at you.

 

 
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10 best men’s summer shirts

10 best men’s summer shirts

While summer wardrobes gone by may have been all about the t-shirt, for 2019, the summer shirt is taking over. Take your cues from dads in Hawaiian shirts the world over and embrace tropical prints, hot florals and ‘90s tie-dye this year. And for those feeling less adventurous, softer yellows and breezy stripes are also on offer. Keep reading for our pick of the best men’s summer shirts that’ll get your warm-weather wardrobe all ironed out. 

 

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1. Mellow yellow

Lyle & Scott Lyle Resort Linen Short Sleeve Shirt

 

In a deft move, this shirt ticks the retro ‘90s trend, which is officially A Thing this summer, and the uplifting sun-in-a-bottle look is the very reason to wear a summery shirt in the first place. We’re voting with our wallet.


Lyle & Scott, Lyle Resort Linen Short Sleeve Shirt, £65

 


2. One of a kind

IZOD Island Short Sleeve Shirt

 

The trick with summer shirting is not looking like every other guy at said festival and no way is that easier than with a printed shirt that’s exclusive to us. IZOD – the classic American brand – has hopped straight to House of Fraser in a UK only so you can own this shirt before everyone else does. Winner.


IZOD, Island Short Sleeve Shirt, £40

 


3. Stripe right

Jack Wills Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt

 

Striped shirts, carelessly half tucked, or even more carelessly on the baggy side, featured heavily in the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks. In real life, the trend has a slight tendency to look not so much high fashion as highly forgetful, so we recommend a toe-in-the-water approach to this one. Choose a loose but still elegant striped shirt with a nonchalant granddad collar.


Jack Wills, Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt, £59.95

 


4. Jungle display

Ted Baker Short Sleeved Jungle Print Cotton Shirt

 

The saying ‘fashion is art’ is immortalised in this delightful teal shirt, the print of which could well feature in the fauna section of your local museum – which is always a good thing, trust us. Pair with chinos when you’re working hard and dark denim when you’re hardly working.


Ted Baker, Short Sleeve Jungle Print Cotton Shirt, £89

 


5. Think again 

Diesel Jeans Short Sleeve All Spike Shirt


The patterned shirt doesn’t have to be a weekend-only joy, but rather, add a little printed magic into your daily get-ups with a work-appropriate geometric print. If work itself gets boring, you can always ponder whether your shirt is white with a black pattern or black with a white pattern and other such sartorial musings.


Diesel Jeans, Short Sleeve All Spike Shirt, £80

 


6. Bloomin' lovely

Original Penguin Short Sleeve Floral Shirt

 

Ah, the botanical shirt. The one that slipped from the back of the costume store to Instagram feeds in a matter of summers. Go bold or go home, right? If, like us, you live by that mantra, choose this standout, colour-popping number that’ll make even the ‘gram light up.   


Original Penguin, Short Sleeve Floral Shirt, £65

 


7. Dip and dunk

Farah Vintage Matthias Short Sleeve Shirt

 

Everyone’s favourite ‘90s throwback, tie-dye, is back in a big way this summer. If tie-dye itself feels a bit too much then we recommend a touch of ombre which will bring that breezy, nostalgic style to your ensembles in a more sophisticated way.


Farah Vintage, Matthias Short Sleeve Shirt, £70

 


8. Pretty parrot 

Levi's Parrot Shirt

 

A prime example of the perfect Cuban collar shirt, this Levi’s number is a) bright b) cool c) features a whimsical parrot character which, to be honest, is exactly what we’re looking for in a look-at-me and then look closer statement shirt. Wear on repeat.


Levi's, Parrot Shirt, £45

 


9. Hey bud

PS By Paul Smith Large Flower Short Sleeve Shirt

 

This shirt is your printed shirt but on mute. Beautifully toned-down, the painterly flower print is subtle enough for work events but interesting enough that you’ll never be accused of being a wardrobe wallflower.


PS By Paul Smith, Large Flower Short Sleeve Shirt, £125

 


10. Join the dots

Armani Exchange Dot Shirt

 

Summer in the office, let’s face it, can be grim. While you may stare longingly out the window, let not your wardrobe be another hot-weather regret by choosing a cool, breezy shirt. A geometric pattern makes going sans tie feel totally natural and can be paired as easily with chinos as with tailored shorts if your office dress code so allows.


Armani Exchange, Dot Shirt, £75