Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel
As the body’s first line of defence, your skin has to stand up to a lot. Bolster the fortifications with this lightweight gel from Kiehl’s which is loaded with SPF 50 to protect against UV rays and vitamin E to combat pollution while also minimising the appearance of those craterous pores.
Uniqlo Hokusai Cuban Collar Shirt
The battle for the best printed shirt of the summer has well and truly begun. This early entry from Japanese high street store Uniqlo is hoping to take the crown in the Cuban collar category. It’s one of four in a series that uses the artwork of legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. It has our vote.
Asics x Vivienne Westwood Gel-Kayano Sneakers
In one of the most unexpected collaborations since Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone, Queen of punk fashion Vivienne Westwood has splattered her off-kilter style over the classic Asics Gel-Kayano trainer. The results are fire emoji times three, the sort of shoe you can expect to see all over Instagram in the coming weeks.
Rotary Stainless Steel Watch
Rotary is one of the most affordable names in the top watchmaker cannon, making it a very tidy investment for any guy taking his first steps up the career ladder. This example might mimic the more expensive diving watches of its rivals, especially with its rotating bezel, but there’s substance to back it up too including water resistance up to 100 metres and a sapphire glass case.
Troubadour Tote Bag Rucksack
London luggage brand Troubadour is offering two for the price of one with its latest bag drop that combines the ease of carrying a rucksack with the easy chuck-it-all-in of a tote. It gets bonus points for the waterproof outer, retractable bottle holders and shoulder straps engineered to prevent too much pressure on your back.
2Hr Set Don’t Stab Your Future T-Shirt
Actor, DJ and, dare we say it, future James Bond Idris Elba is already working on saving the world with the latest drop from his clothing label 2Hr Set. All proceeds from this monochrome printed T-shirt will go towards charity #FAZAMNESTY, which takes knives from London teenagers and anonymously passes them onto the police.
Adidas x Donald Glover Continental 80 DG Sneakers
Adidas may have already snagged Pharrell, but its latest star signing is arguably an even bigger catch. Actor, rapper and skilled suit-wearer Donald Glover has created three new reincarnations of classic Adidas silhouettes, with an on-trend distressed feel and plush white and cream colourway that’s got more than enough chops to rival the higher ticket luxury sneakers in the market.
River Island Khaki Utility Trousers
Good news, fans of accessibly priced clothing: the utility trend that’s been all over the runways has now filtered down to the high street. Get in on the look with these multi-pocketed khaki trousers from River Island that are cut from a stretchy cotton should you have hit leg day too hard in preparation for summer.
Even if your hair looks like it was styled by the gods, a baseball cap is still a summer essential. Take this example by workwear purveyor Dickies. A thick cotton canvas and wide brim will help shelter your mug from the sun, while that dusty beige is as interesting a neutral colour as you’re likely to get, with the power to go with any outfit you throw on.
SCRT Leon T-Shirt
Inspired by badass French flick Leon: The Professional, this release from streetwear brand SCRT is a nineties throwback done right. We’re particularly fond of this teal T-shirt with its slogan taken from a line uttered by Jean Reno’s inimitable and eponymous character. One word: iconic.
Cheaney Suede Loafers
Sound the ‘almost summer’ klaxon, the great menswear minds at Mr Porter have commissioned seven British shoemakers for a collection of the best loafers a man can stick on the ends of his legs. Grenson, John Lobb and Church’s are all included, as is Cheaney with this simple brown suede pair that have been moulded for weeks to get the perfect shape.
Mango Man Cotton Linen Trousers
Everyone’s talking about statement jackets this and statement T-shirts that, but what about statement trousers? Cast your pantaloons as the star of the show with these stripey sensations from Mango Man that come in a universally flattering straight fit. Just remember to keep everything else in a supporting role.
Folk Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt
Struggling for what to wear in this awkward transitional period between seasons? Don’t sweat it, just nab this breezy cotton-jersey sweatshirt from British independent menswear brand Folk. Clad in a handsome powder blue, it’ll be an able deputy to your daily outfit.
American Vintage Overshirt
Wardrobe basics extend beyond the classic white tee. Case in very stylish point is the goods from American Vintage. The confusingly French label adds subtle details to everyday pieces like this elegant overshirt with a rounded Cuban collar and an extra two pockets.
Head Porter Plus Nevermind T-Shirt
Few Japanese menswear brands don’t deserve a place in guy’s wardrobes. Take Head Porter: high-quality bags are its usual M.O. but here they tackle the logo T-shirt by reinventing the title of Nirvana’s grunge classic into a modern streetwear masterstroke.
Superdry Chino Shorts
If there are two things it’s easier to wear in summer it’s shorts (duh) and the colour pink. Put the two together and you’ve got these stylish thigh skimmers from Superdry, which are ace for getting the holiday vibes going before you’ve even hit the tarmac.
Vans x Pass Port Bomber Jacket
Doing their bit for international skate relations, US brand Vans and Aussie-born Pass Port have just dropped a stellar collaboration. On the surface it’s a slick and simple bomber jacket but open it up to reveal a quilted brick wall lining and flip it over to find a large vinyl print design. This is halfpipe gear that’s not just for the ‘sk8er bois’.
Topman Check Blazer
Topman has built a worthy reputation as one of the go-to places to pick up a suit on the high street. The retailer’s new tailoring collection, released in time for prom and race season, is another expectedly strong edit, loaded with pieces like this flashy but classy check blazer.