Gloverall Car Coat
The word ‘coat’ sounds a bit foreign between the months of June and September, but then again the word ‘sun’ does too most years. A lightweight top layer, such as a stylish and practical car coat, in the style of Gloverall’s bonded cotton version, means you’re ready to take on whatever the season throws at you.
Available at Gloverall, priced £209.
Mews Mallorca T-Shirt
They say if you have a plan, you should write it down. That’s what Spanish brand Mews has done with its ‘Hang Out Fall In Love’ T-shirt. As well as being a subtle twist on a menswear staple, we’re having a fling with this piece because of its super lightweight and breathable construction.
Available at Western Assembly, priced £40.
Khaki Slider Flip Flips
The full name for sliders is pool slides, which should be enough of a hint that if your summer is more Margate than Magaluf, then they should be swapped for something a little more, well, anything else. If you do indulge, opt for a pair like Burton’s, which comes in the colour of the season – green.
Available at Burton, priced £16.
Paul Smith Men’s Track Design Watch
What would the British man be without the design genius of Sir Paul Smith? Probably a lot less stylish is our guess. The menswear don’s latest range of watches includes this stripped-back timepiece, which still finds room for his signature use of colour with dual sub dials for the date and 24-hour function.
Available at Watch Shop, priced £229.
Champion by Wood Wood Hugo Sweatshirt
For almost a century, iconic sportswear brand Champion has been one of the driving forces behind the humble sweatshirt’s shift from athletic apparel to menswear staple. This season, the American firm has teamed up with Danish brand Wood Wood to update its designs, resulting in pieces like this black melange version, kitted out with a pink chest label.
Available at Wood Wood, priced £115.
Hunter Norris Field Short Wellington Boots
Mud, crowds, portaloos and your five-day un-showered feet. Your poor festival footwear puts up with a lot. So it pays to invest in a pair that can take a beating and still look good. Even with a name like ‘Norris’, Hunter’s new wellington boot still sets the gold standard and saves your trainers (and your toenails) to fight another day.
Available at Snow & Rock, priced £80.
Boohoo Man Grey Tweed Skinny Fit Cropped Trousers
Tweed trousers – not exactly what you’d consider the backbone of a rapper-cum-Kardashian-ex’s wardrobe. However, Tyga’s collaboration with Boohoo Man is full of surprises, mainly that it’s actually, well, pretty good. Alongside the usual oversized hoodies, there’s also a nod to trends with wide-leg trousers and plenty of battered denim.
Available at Boohoo Man, priced £25.
Remi Relief Slim-Fit Cotton-Blend Corduroy Shorts
Even with a name that sounds like an indigestion tablet, Remi Relief has managed to establish itself as one of the coolest Japanese labels around. Inspired by Californian skater and surfer culture, design mastermind Yutaka Goto has created an exclusive capsule collection for Mr Porter, which includes these cotton-Blend Corduroy Shorts.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £140.
ASOS Choose Love T-Shirt
A style move straight out of the eighties playbook – the mullet is back. We’re kidding, thankfully. The original designer behind George Michael’s ‘Choose Life’ T-shirt has reworked the iconic piece to help to raise funds and awareness for people caught up in the refugee crisis.
Available at ASOS, priced £19.
Neubau Toni Sunglasses
There’s no such thing as too many sunglasses in the summer. This season, search beyond the obvious brands and find gems like Austria-based Neubau and its matte black and gold shades, which come packing a keyhole nose bridge and metal eyebrow bar.
Available at Pretavoir, priced £140.
Stutterheim Ekeby Raincoat
Ahh festivals. One minute you’re applying factor 50 sunscreen, the next you’re selling your worldly possessions to afford a plastic poncho. This year, go armed with a lightweight raincoat like the new Ekeby model from the specialists at Swedish brand Stutterheim.
Available at Stutterheim, priced £153.
Howick Acosta Linen Trousers
Linen trousers: the easiest and most stylish way to avoid the attention of Betty Swollocks this season. Of course, colour is a key consideration. Go too dark and even the most breathable fabric will absorb heat. Go too light and you’ll look like a middle-aged mum in Spain named Tracy. Sorry, Tracy. Howick’s stone coloured pair hit the mid-point perfectly.
Available at House of Fraser, priced £40.
Topman Navy Bandana
There once was a time when the only guys that wore bandanas were cowboys and Hulk Hogan. But today it’s the go-to accessory of every fashion editor and fop about town. Wear yours with a simple white T-shirt or layer under a shirt for a cool alternative to a tie. Brother.
Available at Topman, priced £7.50.
Vans Vault X Brain Dead Era LX
You’d be hard-pressed to find a brand that rivals the cooler-than-cool collaborations turned out by Vans. The Cali brand’s latest is with creative collective Brain Dead, but that doesn’t mean picking up a pair of these punchy pink Era LX sneakers is anything other than a smart move.
Available at End, priced £69.
Luke 1977 Hammerheads Charcoal T-Shirt
Trends (as much as we love them) can have the lifespan of a mayfly. Menswear mainstays like T-shirts are in it for the long haul, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Bolster your rotation with this partially faded charcoal version from British brand Luke 1977.
Available at Luke 1977, priced £35.
Eastpak Padded Pak’r Welded
During the warmer months your beer-to-park transportation device – sorry, backpack – will spend a lot of time in the sun. Swap cheap, plastic versions that will melt for one that can stand up to the heat. Eastpak’s Pak’r model, part of its new premium sub-label, is tried and tested, built with 150°c heat-welded seams.
Available at Eastpak, priced £140.
New Balance x J Crew 998 Beach Ball Sneakers
For the most ballin’ trainers of 2017, New Balance and the brand’s old buddy J Crew looked to an actual ball for inspiration. Taking cues from a beach inflatable, the primary coloured remix of the 998 runners looks like something straight out of a nineties Happy Meal. Which we’re okay with.
Available at J.Crew, priced £180.