Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Staying out for the summer

THE SUN is out and with the up and down English summer weather in many was its open season to combine looks.
Working a relaxed American chic look is always a winner in the summer months, light denim and iconic preppy shoes, with a cool dark t-shirt.

To start I am plumping for the the Armani Jeans, the J10 Grigio grey, which provide a slim fit jean with a faded grey colour, all the classic Armani touches, including a leather trim on the back, zip fly, with five pockets.

If you want to go all the way James Coburn Magnificent Seven style then plump for the Paul Smith Off White jeans, delicious contrast stitching, five pockets, button fly, with branded buttons.

Of course there are countless styles of Bass Weejuns shoes, but I like the Larkin or Layton for this look if you are after a tassel shoe, there really isn't much better. In burgundy or black the hand own moccasin construction shoe, this beautiful penny loafer shoe is an icon with colours working well against the lighter denim colour.

The Merz B Schwanen Worker shirts provide clean lines, with a slim fit, three button placket crew cut top, coming in red, navy and grey, you could also go for the quieter finish of the Button Facing shirts, red, navy or nature, which is light grey, which have contrast with a ribbed pattern. These have and outside placket and ribbed cuffs, and provide an nice alternative to the bold one colour feel of the worker.

You cannot avoid socks in this situation and of course the classic argyle print of the Burlington, I reckon Manchester navy, but obviously there are so many variations, as you would expect from this legend of sock design.

Now, I would always drop a jumper into the equation, more the case as insurance with something like the Carhartt Toss jumper in maroon or metro blue, simple effective and very comfortable the crew neck jumper works a treat worn on the shoulders and coming in Mouline yarn. Or if you fancy splash of English colour and quality try the Hardy Amies crew, in navy, dark grey or dark green, this two tone corker/ contrast colour arms, this soft lightweight jumper is a perfect summer accompaniment.

And of course no summer set up is complete without a bag, well where else are you keep your shades until the clouds inevitably come out?

The Filson black rucksack, large top opening in black, water repellent, well it is summer, with two large expandable pockets, storm flap and leather carrying handle, this little American wonder packs off a nice little set up I think.

Although you could always stash the Paul Smith off white waterproof jacket, unlined, hidden hood, zip through with storm flap, this nylon wonder is simply that, wonderful and also comes in purple.