23rd July 2022

Summer Holiday Season

The easiest (and most elegant) ensembles

My oh my, what wonderful weather outside. Safe to say: summer has well and truly settled, and one swift look at the foreseeable weather forecast confirms that the hot temperatures are here to stay. Both in England and abroad, the latter of which likely sits on your upcoming social agenda. Cue the holiday wardrobe.

The concept of what to pack for a vacation is often placed under pressure, resulting in a suitcase filled with way too many items thrown in the night before your departure. If you fall victim to this last minute stress, you’re only human, but we’re here to tell you that holiday style starts (and ends) with a few well-crafted staples: each of which you can dress up or down depending on your outing of choice. So to oversee your packing, here’s five pieces from our current collection to accommodate any holiday scenario – and most importantly, have you looking impeccably stylish in the process.

For the beach: A pair of seersucker shorts

Now that travel isn’t as strictly dictated by the pandemic, it’s pretty likely you’re heading to a beach this summer. We’ve waited long enough, right? Swimwear aside, if you’re looking for a light and stylish layer to bring some elegance to your seaside silhouette, our tailored seersucker shorts are a go-to. Crafted from a breathable wool and cotton blend, they’re guaranteed to keep you cool and comfortable during a sunbathing session. Plus, they also work outside the beach: best paired with a loose shirt and penny loafers.

Sure, the beach is an obvious port of call for a summer holiday, but some prefer to stroll around a foreign city, and for this, a light finishing layer is a good companion to have. Specifically, our take on the essential workwear jacket. Cut in a lightweight, dusty linen, we confidently call this design in its purest form. Pairing perfectly with shorts, linen trousers or denim (if your destination allows for the latter) as a base, it’s best worn unbuttoned over a crew neck t-shirt or vest top (if you dare). Just one tip if you’re interested: be sure to add it to your basket soon, as it’s limited to just ten pieces. Unique or what?

Cocktail o’clock? It’s pretty much every hour (within reason and consumption, of course) when your out of office reply is delivered from a foreign country. This excursion is a good excuse to dress things up a bit, and nothing subtly exudes formality on holiday more than a cuban collared shirt. A consistent classic in our Spring/Summer collections, the current style on offer has been woven with intrinsic construction to create a soft striped etching across its navy, short-sleeved silhouette. This is a brilliant way to insert a discreet dose of print into your suitcase, and for the surrounding styling, we suggest sticking to soft brown tones for a complete earthy palette.

While we’re on the subject of print, if you’re inclined to embrace it with a touch more pizzazz, a saturated accessory is the solution. Fear not for temperatures though; we’re talking about the lightest accessory possible: our Tamaki Niime scarf. Each piece unique thanks to the Japanese banshu weaving style, this is the piece to call upon when the light breeze hits in the evening. Gently layer it over your upper layer of choice (the work jacket in particular bodes well) to seal the flair of your foreign style stance.

Classic tailoring lends itself to any location, but if said location has a hotter climate, a breathable texture is essential. Practically, we’re thinking of the wool / cotton mix that constructs our current seersucker set: built on a half lined construction and fastened in both a double breasted and single breasted structure. Promising a sophisticated silhouette without leaving you feeling too restricted, its relaxed charm is ideal for an evening dinner – styled simply with a lightweight shirt underneath. As they say, less is more, just as long as your refined designs are built on the utmost quality. And that’s what we deliver.

Words by Faye Fearon