The modern style-conscious gent realises that his personal style should never take a day off. To be classed as a well dressed male, your look should be on-point at all times, even on those relaxing, dress-down days.

However, this is especially tricky to pull off whilst holidaying, where baggage limits restrict how many pieces you can pack and unpredictable weather/temperatures (we live in Britain after all) means having to consider every eventuality.

The key to holidaying in style is to pack a travel version of your capsule wardrobe – a selection of versatile, simple and classic pieces that will see you through any situation, be it sunbathing or shots at the bar. This way you’ll know that regardless of what you pull out of your suitcase, it will pair effortlessly with everything else and still look great.

Luckily for us, Reiss have created what we consider to be the perfect high summer menswear collection…

Reiss High Summer 2013

For summer 2013, Reiss have blended their signature timeless and refined approach to design with seasonally-appropriate fabrics; producing a collection that is effortless, versatile and able to adapt to any environment.

Reiss High Summer 2013 Menswear

Linen, tropical wools and cotton blends take centre stage, and are used to create everything from sharp tailoring and suiting to casual summer staples such as sweaters, short-sleeved shirts and polos. With the ability to be mixed and matched for any occasion, these lightweight pieces enable you to develop effective layered looks that transcend from day to night whilst keeping you cool and sweat-free throughout.

In terms of palette, the hues are light, bold and summer-appropriate, without being brash or overbearing. Subtle and sophisticated pastel shades sit alongside striking trend colours such as cobalt blue and orange, helping inject a sense of flair and a stand out touch to any ensemble.

Key Pieces

Highlights include the wide range of lightweight blazers available. Whether you prefer timeless two button styles in linen or cotton, or statement tailoring that is designed to get you noticed (FashionBeans wholeheartedly recommends the ‘Parody Double-Breasted Shirt Jacket’ in cream), Reiss have produced something for all personal styles and tastes.

For those that have yet to embrace the natural charm that a wrinkled linen blazer can bring to your look, why not consider one of Reiss’ beautiful wool/linen or linen/cotton blends? The mix of fabrics will help keep wrinkles at bay, ensuring they look just as sharp in the office as they do with a cocktail in hand on holiday:

  • Reiss Bradley B Micro Check Cotton BlazerReiss Bradley B Micro Check Cotton Blazer
  • Reiss Alsace B Two Button Notch Cotton MixerReiss Alsace B Two Button Notch Cotton Mixer
  • Reiss Parody Double Breasted Shirt JacketReiss Parody Double Breasted Shirt Jacket
  • Reiss Sunseeker B Cotton Check BlazerReiss Sunseeker B Cotton Check Blazer
  • Reiss Kingdom B Two Button Notch MixerReiss Kingdom B Two Button Notch Mixer
  • Reiss Sydney B Pocket Linen BlazerReiss Sydney B Pocket Linen Blazer
  • Reiss Pinot B Two Button Cotton BlazerReiss Pinot B Two Button Cotton Blazer
  • Reiss Monty B Mixer Two Button Peak Cotton BlazerReiss Monty B Mixer Two Button Peak Cotton Blazer
  • Reiss Pinot B Two Button Cotton BlazerReiss Pinot B Two Button Cotton Blazer

Knits also play a key role within the collection. Although many would initially scoff at the suggestion of knitwear in summer, lightweight knits in 100% cotton or linen blends are breathable and can be worn on warm days without causing you to overheat. This allows you to create well-layered, interesting looks that are a notch above the rest.

A thin cotton v-neck is perfect for when the temperature drops at night (the ‘Hurst Grey V-Neck’ should be considered a wardrobe staple) whilst the superb range of knitted polo shirts on offer will help add a touch of texture and character to any high summer outfit:

  • Reiss Marky Textured Vertical Knit PoloReiss Marky Textured Vertical Knit Polo
  • Reiss Royce Multi Stripe Half Placket PoloReiss Royce Multi Stripe Half Placket Polo
  • Reiss Bayer Short Sleeve Textured Knitted TeeReiss Bayer Short Sleeve Textured Knitted Tee
  • Reiss Hurst Logo Vee Neck JumperReiss Hurst Logo Vee Neck Jumper
  • Reiss Mies Textured Pinapple StitchReiss Mies Textured Pinapple Stitch
  • Reiss Rodman Merino Crew Neck JumperReiss Rodman Merino Crew Neck Jumper

Of course, being Reiss, the all-important timeless summer staples are not neglected. Iconic Breton tops sit alongside white trousers, tailored shorts (in multiple colour ways) and vests, with leather loafers and plaited belts providing the finishing touches to any ensemble.

These are the type of pieces that will never go out of style – outlasting fleeting trends and able to be worn season after season:

  • Reiss Island Long Sleeve Reverse Loop Back Stripe CrewReiss Island Long Sleeve Reverse Loop Back Stripe Crew
  • Reiss Wickham Clean Cotton Pressed ChinoReiss Wickham Clean Cotton Pressed Chino
  • Reiss Apollo Stripe Casual ShortsReiss Apollo Stripe Casual Shorts
  • Reiss Vince Striped VestReiss Vince Striped Vest
  • Reiss Stasko Tassel LoafersReiss Stasko Tassel Loafers
  • Reiss Kupple Lattice Weave Trimmed Leather BeltReiss Kupple Lattice Weave Trimmed Leather Belt
Reiss ‘Turn Up The Heat’

In order to showcase their new high summer collection – and the key pieces you need in your wardrobe – Reiss have produced a feature entitled ‘Turn up The Heat’, which is designed to show you how to deal with the unpredictable British summertime:

“As we all know, even summer weather can be unpredictable. Luckily our versatile SS13 collection has everything you need to turn up the heat. From lightweight knits to summer blazers, here’s how to stay stylish yet practical during the volatile season.”

Below you will find a selection of our favourite lookbook images from the editorial. To see the full feature click here:

Reiss Turn Up The Heat Feature

Destination Style

Another superb on-site feature, ‘Destination Style’ cements the current Reiss collection as a go-to for any summer holidaying scenario.

Whether you are soaking up the culture on a well-earned city break, spending time on the coast or jetting away to an exotic location, the brand provides you with a carefully curated selection of pieces that are designed to cope with any situation that may arise.

City Getaway

Designed to have you looking effortlessly stylish on a city break – whether shopping on the Champs-Élysées, taking a ride on a Venetian gondola or dining in the heart of Barcelona – this considered selection of pieces includes soft tailoring, printed shirts and elegant footwear:

Reiss Destination Style Feature

Coast To Coast

Inspired by California’s relaxed coastal style, this selection features a strong blue and peppermint palette that is not only on trend but perfect for any coastal location – or for those that like the traditional nautical/Riviera aesthetic:

Reiss Destination Style Feature

Exotic Escape

The exotic escape edit is catered specifically to those that are jetting off to warmer climes – the type of holidays where you are guaranteed sun, sea and sand. Lightweight vests, retro-inspired swim shorts, bold statement prints and luxe sandals will see you through both hot days and balmy nights:

Reiss Destination Style Feature

See the full feature and shop the edit here.

Final Word

Reiss are renowned for producing timeless, refined and versatile collections each and every season; their high summer 2013 range is no exception.

By focusing on seasonally-appropriate materials and colours, they have provided customers with the opportunity to put together their perfect summer capsule wardrobe – one that is designed to deal with the unpredictable British weather, weekend getaways, sun holidays and everything in between.

You can shop the full Reiss summer 2013 collection in store and online at now.