Over at Hippyshopper yesterday they were marvelling at Bamford and Sons organic range. The reange is made from 100% organic cotton, which is made into muslin shirts, jeans, jackets and t-shirts. They also have a range of ecologically produced leather goods made without chemicals, and tanned using vegetable dyes. Choose from a range of wallets, belts, bags and sandals. Their main range isn’t organic but features the same classic looks with slightly sharper tailoring.
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Fine knit jumpers are great for layering and much smarter than a hoodie, and very useful this time of year. John Smedley is perhaps the king of men’s knitwear, producing quality pieces that will last for years. This subtly striped Lambeth jumper in Waterloo colour combo is 100% cotton which will keep you cool and features a flattering v-neck. It will set you back £114, but quality doesn’t come cheap; this is a cassic piece well worth the investment.
I have been looking for a stripy navy top for ages, the kind that the French call a marinière. Monsoon have got a navy stripy v-neck which will look great with white jeans and espadrilles for Gallic summer look. You could also team the jumper with some brown cords, or some khaki shorts for a more low-key outfit. It definitely gets my vote for chic holiday cover-up.
Tesco have got some great summer basics that are simple and deceptively expensive looking and will look great teamed with some of your old favourites. The linen knitted shirt has a quirky texture that will make it stand out, and the 3/4 length trousers are a great compromise between the very fashionable knee high tailored shorts and slightly passé cropped cargo pants. Lastly the baby blue button up polo from Katharine Hamnett’s E range is a very flattering colour, and will look great with navy and white. See after the jump for details and links.
Fancy looking like a Mexican Wrestler on his day off? G-Sus have come up with their fancy Powermasters hoodie which comes in a fetching pink and turquoise colourway. It’s also got short sleeves, which is kind of kooky but actually quite sensible when you think about it. Warm but not stifling for the colder summer days and evenings. I give this the mark of a great hangover top; wverybody needs an amusing hangover top to lift their spirits when they’re feeling like something the dog sicked up, and I think this is a perfect one for the summer
White was touted as the in colour last summer, and the look is still as hot this summer. Team white pieces with pale greys, navys or pastels for an unfussy smart look. I’ve picked a few separates that will keep you looking fresh all summer, but don’t wear all-white unless you want to look like Johnny Borrell from Razorlight. See after the jump for full product links.
The rise of the cardigan has surely sounded the death knell for the blazer and jeans look. A few years ago a blazer looked edgy but it’s now only worn by sloaney types, especially with distressed and ripped bootcut jeans, which surely are a confection of the devil. The cardigan offers a much leaner, modern silhouette; it’s a natural partner for skinny or slim jeans and can be dressed up with smart trousers and a slim tie. Simon Amstell does this look perfectly, teaming a dark cardie with a
floral shirt, or choosing various tones of khaki and olive green for an
eye-pleasing cardigan, tie and shirt combo. I’ve come up with two cardigan outfits so if you are one of the few people who haven’t purchased a cardigan there won’t be any excuse not to. See after the jump for images and product links.
That said, it doesn’t mean all their gear is average. This smart little number is simple and stylish and features a great little red and white detailing around the buttons to give you that rude boy look. Better news for you is that W1 Style has got this in the sale, retailing for £12.50. For a bargain, click here.
The folks at Wrangler have brought this shirt out just in the nick of time and it’s simple, yet suave. Featuring a stylish cowboy check and slim fitting, this shirt is perfect for wearing out over the coming months. Coupled up with the iconic Wrangler denims, you’ll be dueling punks in no time at all. Available at Urban Outfitters for a very reasonable £35.00
Topman have got a sale on, and even though you’ll usually find me in Topshop looking at the dresses and shoes I ventured downstairs and picked up a lovely shirt for a mere tenner. Steer clear of the trucker caps and rock dude belts and you won’t go far wrong. Take this black gingham shirt, reduced to £15 it’s a great fit thanks to their new slim sizing. Another good pick is their navy bomber reduced to £20, navy is a great colour for summer, especially teamed with brown and fawn colours.
It can be a bit tough finding shirts that reside between formal and plain. Well, this Pepe Grandad Shirt, available from Urban Outfitters for £55 is the perfect tonic.
It’s got a great cut and of course, with it being a grandad shirt, it’s got the neat collar that you’d expect. This is a shirt that will be perfect for the summer months and will go with just about anything in your wardrobe. A really great allrounder.
I mentioned yesterday that knee high shorts aren’t easy to carry off, but it’s a bit of a dilemma because purely from a fashion (rather than comfort) perspective 3/4 length trousers are looking a bit dated. I’ve picked out an outfit based around a pair of navy tailored shorts from Topman trying to keep it looking quite casual; keeping all the other items in an outfit low key and in a neutral colour palette is a good way of trying out new trends. See after the jump for full outfit image and product links.
J Lindeberg’s retro tank top is only for the brave, the retro fractal-like pattern is a bit garish especially in those minty fresh colours. Teamed with the right items though, and you could look great. You could take the jumper back to its golfing roots and opt for ironic retro insanity by teaming it with plaid grandad slacks, slip ons and a clashing plaid shirt. For a subtler look team with dark denim jeans and a pale grey shirt but either way the tank top is half price, making it a bit of a bargain.
Once summertime arrives out come the hordes of men in 3/4 length trousers. I’m not entirely convinced by them, as they’re very Blue circa 2004 but the alternative are knee length schoolboy shorts which are even harder to carry off. As long as you don’t wear those awful brown leather slides that were all over the high street a couple of years ago I will let 3/4 lengths pass. This tailored pair from Marks and Spencer look quite smart and they’re well worth the £25. The crease and slim cut keeps them sharp, and they would look great with simple summer canvas shoes and a short sleeved shirt.
Fancy strutting your stuff around town looking like a young mod Pete Townshend? Well, unless you fancy going buying a tailor made union flag blazer, you could be a little bit lazy and buy this hip Paul Smith shirt .
Part of the Mainline range, this fitted shirt has a muted/soft Union Jack print and features a cut out cuff with two fastenings and an elongated collar (which you can stiffen with, well, collar stiffeners if desired). It’s 100% cotton and is retailing at £155. Perfect for the summer. Click here to buy and for more infomation.