If you’ve been paying any attention whatsoever to men’s fashion in recent years, you will have undoubtedly noticed that things have been getting a lot more laid-back. Neat-fitting joggers are now as viable an option for the everyday as tailored trousers, and the hoodie is no longer reserved solely for hangovers and schlepping to the shops in search of milk.
This new age of menswear has opened up an entirely new way of dressing; a way of dressing that allows day-to-day and downtime wardrobes to become intertwined, and to excellent effect.
Les Girls Les Boys may not be a name you’re immediately familiar with, but as the shift toward slouchy style gathers pace, we guarantee it won’t be long until you’re well acquainted.
The British label founded by Serena Rees – the brains behind world-renowned lingerie firm Agent Provocateur – is pioneering ‘bed-to-street’ fashion. And although it may be a while before we can actually endorse heading straight out the door from the sheets, the brand has achieved in creating a range of high-end, modern intimates and unisex loungewear that can look good in both settings.
The collection features all the modular building blocks required of a contemporary wardrobe, including premium joggers, hoodies, boxers and socks to simultaneously raise your smart-casual and stay-at-home style game.
To help you get a better feel for what the brand is all about, here are six of our favourite pieces for the months ahead.
It wasn’t long ago that the hoodie had somewhat of an unwanted reputation. But now, thanks in no small part to the relaxing of men’s style, it’s nothing short of a wardrobe essential.
Les Girls Les Boys offers several of its own understated takes on this modern classic. With subtle branding and boxy, oversized fits, these are the perfect hoodies to wear for everything from sitting on the couch to grabbing a cold one.
For the weekend, we’d suggest throwing a grey marl version on with a pair of dark wash jeans, minimal sneakers and a bomber jacket. Or try teaming yours with tailored trousers and leather sneakers for the ultimate high-low look.
The Henley Top
The Henley top takes its name from the small English market town of Henley-on-Thames, home to a world-famous Regatta. These collarless polo-style shirts have been the uniform of rowers since around the 1840s, but it just so happens that they work rather well for other, non-water-based activities too.
As well as coming ashore as a popular piece of loungewear, the classically styled shirt – typified by its banded collar and front button placket – slots seamlessly into both smart as well as casual outfits.
Well aware of this sneaky sartorial shortcut, Les Girls Les Boys produces an excellent selection of ribbed cotton Henley shirts, which will look just as good with a blazer as they do in front of the box.
A look is only as good as its weakest link – so by that thinking, your socks deserve every bit as much attention as your outerwear.
To pull yours up, swap cheap polyester versions for pairs crafted from premium fabrics. Hosiery from Les Boys Les Girls is spun from luxurious Italian soft-handle cotton, making them not only insulating but supremely comfortable too.
Despite being made in the UK, the designs feature a distinctly American appeal, with classic collegiate-style tube socks tapping into one of the season’s key trends.
What good is it strutting about town, head-to-toe in crisp, clean clobber, if lurking beneath is a pair of sagging, off-coloured Y-fronts? Fortunately, Les Girls Les Boys can help get your underwear game back on top.
The label’s line-up of soft jersey trunks and briefs are a prime example of what the brand is all about: premium fabrics, tasteful branding and bucket-loads of style.
If you happen to end up removing your trousers in front of anyone other than just your cat, you can guarantee these will make the right impression.
This ultra-comfy legwear option once only used to make outings during particularly chilly five-a-side football games, but the athleisure trend has brought joggers to the attention of a whole new audience – and they’re here to stay.
For an on-point (and, more importantly, socially-acceptable) sports-luxe approach to dressing this season, look no further than Les Girls Les Boys’ selection of premium track pants.
Here you’ll find flattering fits, loopback jersey construction and subtle branding, which combine to create laid-back pieces that won’t make it look like you forgot to get dressed.
Few garments can claim the same throw-on-and-go appeal as the humble crew neck sweatshirt. Whether bought in classic shades of navy and grey or collegiate-inspired colourways such as red and green, it’s almost impossible to go wrong when wearing one.
Les Girls Les Boys has a range of styles to pick from, complete with subtle details such as small patch branding to the chest and bolder statement logos to the arm. Whichever you opt for, you’ll be met with superior comfort thanks to a relaxed fit and dropped-shoulder construction.
For an off-duty outfit that’s more luxe than layabout, wear one with a pair of tailored chinos; then simply grab a pair of sneakers, throw a jacket over the top and you’re ready to venture outside in style and comfort.
Shop the full Les Girls Les Boys range now at lesgirlslesboys.com.