Ah, Mr P., we’ve been expecting you. The in-house brand of premium menswear e-tailer MR PORTER is back with its eighth collection of easy-to-wear pieces that combine a tastemaker’s eye with a craftsman’s hands and make getting dressed in the morning a whole lot easier.
Fifty-six ready-to-wear pieces have made the final cut for this spring and summer with comeback menswear classics like the rugby shirt and boat shoes making a splash alongside perennial favourites like the knitted polo and lightweight jackets.
All your bases are covered, with fine tailoring sitting alongside relaxed and distinctly casual pieces. This is one of those rare collections that really does have everything and anything you could possibly need, sartorially speaking, for the next few months.
To ease you into the vast collection we have plucked our must-have pieces from the release, the garments that are guaranteed to raise your game until, well, until Mr P. drops its next collection.
The FashionBeans Edit
Swimplicity is the keyword here. These simple shorts are tastefully cut just at the bottom of the thigh for a flattering shape that suits all body types, along with a slight taper that won’t leave your pins looking puny on the boardwalk. They’re also crafted out of a fine cotton-twill that’s hard-wearing but also soft to touch – exactly what you want when the weather starts to swelter and trousers begin to stifle.
Camp Collar Shirt
The camp collar shirt, also known as the Cuban collar or the revere, has been a summer menswear hero piece for a few seasons now, possessing an easy-to-wear mid-century style that’s somehow eye-catching and understated at the same time.
The problem is it’s hard to stand your camp collar out from the rest, but Mr P. has cleverly taken that dramatic ruff and given it a slight workwear spin, with long sleeves, patch pockets and a durable seersucker construction that magically withstands creases – perfect for when you’re bundling yourself on a plane for a poolside getaway.
A staple of preppy fashion that has also occasionally flitted in and out of other fashion tribes including skatewear and streetwear, the rugby shirt has slyly risen to become the most wearable and beloved trends of the year. This version by Mr P. leans towards the traditional, with a chunky cotton jersey and crisp ecru and navy stripes, until you’re blindsided by that bolt of pink.
Also note the ribbed cuffs and hem that have been neatly knitted with herringbone bands for a subtle, off-kilter take on a classic that we’re glad to have back.
Knitted Polo Shirt
The easiest way to get that timeless, mid-century style into your wardrobe is with a slick knitted polo shirt. This throwback option comes with a cheeky little Johnny collar that creates a flattering V-shape on the wearers upper body and complementing contrast hems and sleeves that don’t fight with that easy-on-the-eye sky blue. This will go well with your summer tan.
Suede Boat Shoes
This menswear mainstay has been marooned on its own desert island the past few seasons but is set to make a big splash this summer. Rather than a smooth leather outer, these boat shoes from Mr P. buck the trend with a luxe bright saffron and navy suede combo, that contrasts nicely with the minimalist chunky rubber sole.
Pair yours with some navy or white shorts for a look straight out of a superyacht brochure.
Two things sum up the perfect summer jumper – fabric and pattern. Take this breezy sweatshirt from Mr P., for example. It comes with a weighted cotton-blend knitted in Italy, for when your winter wool jumpers are giving you the sweats and a nautical navy and white horizontal stripe that makes us think of the sea rippling in the sun – perfect for wearing on a trip to the coast.
Trousers have been courting increasing attention from menswear enthusiasts of late. No longer the bridesmaid to your upper half, slacks are taking centre stage, and it doesn’t get more statement-making in the world of pantaloons than the pleated trouser.
A pleat is basically a fold, that is stitched into the leg and drapes down the front, drawing the eye down while allowing for extra breathing room around your limbs. This pair is as crisp as you like, and the neutral off-white means they should really pop up against a darker shade up top.
Double-Breasted Suit Jacket
So far we’ve seen Mr P. smash smart-casual style with ease, but this double-breasted suit jacket proves that the label also has your back when it comes to the complicated art of tailoring.
Made out of a lightweight linen and cotton blend that combines the former’s breathability with the latter’s ability to stay crisp in the most trying of conditions, this is a relaxed piece of modern suiting. Many a Hollywood A-lister is wearing this kind of jacket with a bare chest underneath at the moment, but that’s a big look. We prefer a simple crew-neck tee or knitted polo.
Shop the full Mr P. collection here