Boohoo Man Navy Single Breasted Mac
The single-breasted mac is a springtime staple, and luckily the high street is awash with high-end dupes this season. None, though, will please your purse strings more than this bargain blue example from Boohoo Man. The deep navy and tortoiseshell-effect buttons hide the bargainous price point (this week there’s even an additional 40 per cent off, so it’s less than a score).
Available at Boohoo Man, priced £30.
Subscription services for menswear items can be hit and miss, so props to Tapp Tees for taking it back to basics. For £15 a month, the firm delivers three 100 per cent ringspun cotton T-shirts (black, grey and white) direct to your door. Meaning you’ll always have a crisp base to build your spring layering on.
Available at Tapp Tees, priced £15.
River Island Brown Suit
Call it the Gosling effect, but the brown suit is back from the depths of seventies despair. Cut from a woven fabric in a slimline shape, the earthy hue is a fresh take on formalwear right in time for spring. Just pair with a crisp white shirt and black accessories for a great summer wedding look.
Available at River Island, priced £100.
Topman Khaki Shacket
Overshirts are a key player in any man’s layering arsenal. As it’s such a versatile piece, don’t limit yourself with the palette – go for a dark green shade that’ll pair with almost everything already in the wardrobe. This Topman version swaps the button fastening for a zip-up, bringing a sporty twist to smart-casual.
Available at Topman, priced £35.
Zara Knitted Polo Top
The perfect short-sleeved polo shirt should be a slightly loose fit, with arms ending halfway up the bicep and the body just grazing belt height. Sticking to the rules while throwing a curveball, this Zara piece takes the fundamentals and introduces this season’s coolest texture resulting in a retro knit.
Available at Zara, priced £25.99.
Hilfiger Bomber Jacket
Take the bomber back to its roots with a no-nonsense sports jacket. This Zayn-worthy throwover is a step up from the usual toned-down tracksuit, but the primary palette keeps it on the right side of shellsuit territory.
Available at Amazon Fashion, priced £175.
Primark Pink Botanical Shirt
Patterned shirts are set to be huge once again this summer, but if you don’t fancy shelling out for a short-term trend piece, try this fauna-printed shirt from Primark. Despite being cut from the same viscose blend you’d find higher up the price range, it comes in at less than a tenner. Ferntastic.
Available at Primark, priced £9.
New Look Cross Hatch Trousers
Lightweight trousers have made the transition from dad’s holiday wardrobe to bona fide style statement. These cotton-blend trews are the perfect shade of stone to pair with crisp white kicks and a plain T-shirt – does it get much easier that that?
Available at New Look, priced £29.99.
Grenson Ezra Shoes
This Frankenstein’s monster of a super-shoe brings together some of Grenson’s most-loved design features into one must-have model. On a slimmer sole, the Derby facings derive from a monkey boot, with the shape of a sneaker and the soft nubuck of a formal shoe. The result? Versatile footwear that’ll work in all seasons.
Available at Grenson, priced £225.
Burton Long-Sleeved Navy Polo Shirt
Sporty pique polos are perfect for sunning yourself, but while the ground is still thawing, pick up a knitted, long-sleeved version like this one from Burton. Going for a rich navy will work well with other wardrobe staples, and while it might be no good for actual tennis, it’ll score an ace at dinner.
Available at Burton, priced £20.
Our Legacy Check Jacket
Swedish brand Our Legacy knows a thing or two about making a statement with outerwear. Thanks to the perennial love for the lumberjack look, this neutral-hued checked jacket will never go out of style.
Available at Goodhood Store, priced £315.
Editions Mandarin Collar Shirt
Capturing the Parisian look without going full Gallic fancy dress can be tricky, so thanks to Editions M.R’s collection of easy appeal separates for providing the answer. This effortlessly cool mandarin collared shirt comes with a curved hem – what’s French for ‘do not tuck this in’?
Available at Matches Fashion, priced £130.
Reiss Yuri Cuban Collar Jacket
Combining the old with the new is, er, nothing new, but it is a surefire way to ensure that clobber is both wearable and interesting. Reiss has taken the classic Cuban shirt’s collar and blouson shape and combined it with an elasticated bottom for a contemporary update.
Available at Reiss, priced £225.
Sophnet Star Embroidered Shirt
Red, white and blue will never go out of style, but if you don’t fancy flying a flag to get your fix, this star-embroidered shirt by Japanese wardrobe guru Sophnet is a pared-back, more international take on the stars and stripes.
Available at Browns Fashion, priced £290.
Cole Haan Leather Trainers
With a mantra of creating ‘good goods and nothing but good goods’, you can be assured that Cole Haan kicks are going to be worth their weight in gold. Ironically, though, these super lightweight trainers come in at only 250g – quite a feat when considering they’re crafted from hand-stained leather.
Available at Selfridges, priced £115.
Rapha Loopback Trousers
Cycling to work may be on trend, but strutting into the office wearing lycra will never be stylish. These high-wicking, hard-wearing trousers straddle the line between desirable trousers and practical cycling gear. Made from a lightweight Nylon Pertex, they’re both showerproof and smart.
Available at Rapha, priced £110.
Fred Perry Pique Shirt
Iconic design pieces often cost an arm and a leg, but the Fred Perry pique shirt is still as emblematic (and affordable) as ever. This latest rendering comes with side-panelling detailing, creating a slimming effect that’ll hide any lumps and bumps that currently show in the polos left over from a few years ago.
Available at Fred Perry, priced £65.
Peacocks Black Denim Jacket
Shelling out on a luxury denim jacket is a rite of passage when your bank balance is bolstered. For when you’re just looking for something to layer up with during the springtime, save the pennies. This no-nonsense jacket will hold its own against other wardrobe classics – just be sure to size up for a more contemporary fit.
Available at Peacocks, priced £25.
Albam Yogi Lawson Khaki Shoe
Crepe soles are a comfortable way to keep footwear on trend this season. This pair from Portuguese brand Yogi combines the sole with a premium suede upper that sits somewhere between a shoe and a sneaker.
Available at Albam, priced £129.
Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1976 501 Jeans
Legend has it Levi’s was trying to make replica 1976 501s using real deadstock from the decade. However, when the denim arrived the twill was the wrong way round. Instead of returning it, they went with the flow, creating this – one-of-a-kind, limited edition collectable jeans that are a perfect mirror image of the iconic Levi’s 501.
Available at Levi, priced £300.