New Look Dark Brown Suede Jacket
Men blow hot and cold on suede. We revel in leather’s laid-back, more tactile cousin, enjoying its Barry White-smooth texture and endlessly versatile appeal… right up until we taste misery first-hand and get it wet.
But it’s time to get back on the horse (actually, it’s usually lamb) or risk missing out on the key pieces of the season: like New Look’s ultra-supple jacket, which comes in a 1970s-inspired shade of brown. Wear with a healthy dose of suede protector.
Available at New Look, priced £99.99.
NN07 Theo Slim-Fit Stretch-Cotton Chinos
Contemporary clothing label NN07 hails from Copenhagen, but claims to have ‘no nationality’. We imagine that’s a nightmare at passport control. But luckily one thing that isn’t a concern when crossing borders wearing this brand is creases.
NN07’s high-quality, slim-cut chinos, shown here in polished navy blue, are made from crisp and flexible stretch-cotton that maintains its shape even after hours of wear.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £130.
Cos Patterned Round-Neck Jumper
The sun might be setting on summertime but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight off the boredom of cold-weather clothes by keeping a punchy knit to hand.
Sure, there are days when a neutral-colour crewneck is a go-to choice. But if you want something with a bit more personality, opt for a piece that’s as bold as brass, like this marble stone patterned knit from Cos.
Available at Cos, priced £59.
Topman Stand Collar Long Sleeve Smart Shirt
We’re all for options, but sometimes the sheer number of shirt collars available can feel a bit overwhelming. Do you go spread, club, cutaway, point, tabbed, shortened, even oversized? And should it be buttoned down or secured with a pin?
An unbeatably easy-wearing collarless grandad shirt not only takes out the worry of having to match your tie knot to your melon, but also lends itself to loosening up your formalwear.
Available at Topman, priced £30.
RM Williams Craftsman Boots
Australian bootmaker RM Williams has stood the test of time for more than 80 years. Originally intended to kit out men working in the outback, today the firm uses age-old techniques to turn out a full clothing and tailoring range.
The popularity of boots like the beautifully constructed Comfort Chelsea style have even lead the company to open a standalone store in Westfield, London, and attract investment from Hugh Jackman (yes, as in Wolverine.)
Available at RM Williams, priced £390.
Hawksmill Denim Co Flannel Shirt
Never mind all those lumberjack and grunge scene associations, the flannel shirt is indispensable to any casual wardrobe roster.
Based in Britain, Hawksmill Denim Co believes in creating well-made menswear staples with longevity in mind. So it makes sense that the brand has branched out into checked textiles, which can be traced back to 400BC. This red and blue brushed cotton flannel shirt features a single breast pocket and external placket detail for ultimate off-duty cool, no timber in sight.
Available at Hawksmill Denim Co, priced £115.
River Island Black Faded Raw Hem Sid Skinny Jeans
Let’s face it: after a summer of back-to-back festivals and boozy barbeques you probably need to replace those jeans that split at the crotch and now carry questionable stains.
Just in time, River Island has revamped its denim offer, showcasing more new fabrics, premium washes, weights and styles than ever before. Rugged rip and repair techniques, badging and vintage treatments are key features on models like the skinny Sid jeans.
Available at River Island, priced £40.
Jaeger Reversible Nylon Shacket
Unless you’re Superman (or very messy with lunch), you probably don’t often find yourself needing an outfit change mid-day. That said, there are merits to reversible garments, like getting two for the price of one, for instance.
Jaeger’s wardrobe refresher takes on the shape of a transitional shacket. The showerproof style can be worn one way with a salt and pepper fleck or flipped inside out to reveal an on-trend olive lining.
Available at Jaeger, priced £125.