With the launch of its new Big & Tall range, River Island has expanded its existing selection of stylish menswear staples across more sizes than ever. Pieces like this Gosling-inspired colour block polo shirt now range up to 4XL, with 48” waist, 55” chest and size 13 shoes also available.
Available at River Island, priced £22.
Homegrown menswear designer Lou Dalton has once again teamed up with fellow Brit brand Jaeger for a capsule collection of modern essentials. This lightweight jacket, cut from a rich Italian-made fabric, comes with all the traditional bomber features, but with enough of a twist to keep the trend interesting.
Available at Jaeger, priced £255.
Macs are a spring must-have, case in point: this 100 per cent cotton example in stone from Topman. Along with shielding from April showers, the longline shape and single-breasted cut add slimming vertical lines, while the contrast buttons and three-pocket fronting add expensive-looking details at a very high street price.
Available at Topman, priced £70.
Can’t decide between and high- and low-top sneakers? Step into the middle ground with these unique (if not slightly BDSM) kicks from Raf Simons and Adidas. The traditional canvas body has been given an avant-garde spin with a tonal leather belt-fastening ankle strap. Buckle up.
Available at Style.com, priced £220.
Brooks has been manufacturing quality leather cycling goods in England since 1866, so it’s safe to say the brand knows a thing or two about building things to last. The Piccadilly is a versatile backpack-style bag that features both top and back straps, and a front buckle for secure cycling.
Available at Brooks, priced £240.
Melbourne-based Okuh Studios cites everything from Japanese pop to sun-bleached Australian scenery as its inspiration. For SS17 the label is bringing the same global outlook to the shores of the UK. This short-sleeved striped T-shirt makes a more interesting choice for that Breton-striped hole in your wardrobe.
Available at Okuh, priced £35.
When a T-shirt is too cold, but a hoodie leaves you sweating, transitional jumpers are the answer. This cotton-blend throwover sits somewhere in between the weight of both. Better yet, the raised stitching, dropped shoulders and neat crew neck add a smart athleisure twist.
Available at Scotch & Soda, priced £84.95.
Drop the Easter eggs for something more satisfyingly chocolatey. London-based contemporary brand Folk has introduced four new crepe-soled shoes for SS17, and these deep brown leather lace-ups hit the sweet spot. Crafted in Portugal and featuring Folk’s subtle circular logo, pair with blue denim for a casual weekend look.
Available at Folk, priced £185.
Retro sportswear is having an extended moment, and few brands have capitalised on this more than Tommy Hilfiger. Make like Zayn with a tri-colour zip-up that looks like it’s straight out of 1993. Hadid girlfriend not included.
Available at House Of Fraser, priced £72.
With a heritage unlike any other, Capitol Records is one of the most iconic music brands in the world. Drop the Metallica hoodie and pay homage to the label that gave the world Pet Sounds and Sgt Pepper’s with a T-shirt that harks back to its golden era.
Available at Uniqlo, priced £12.90.
Tailored joggers were a big hit last season, but for a workwear-appropriate slant, opt for a formal fabric with just a touch of athletic detailing. These technical joggers are made using the same fabric as Zara’s suit trousers, but the slight pull-cord on the hem adds a seasonal twist.
Available at Zara, priced £29.99.
Nineties style denim is back in a big way, but in real life, it can look more Fresh Prince than fresh to death. Sticking to a contemporary shape like these relaxed fit cropped jeans keeps things in the right decade, while the retro-tinged, not-too-light wash will still pair easily with modern pieces.
Available at H&M, priced £34.99.
Joining forces with Tokyo-based Kolor, Adidas’ latest capsule collection fuses technical expertise with the Japanese hype label’s design nous. The resulting line-up of high-performance, versatile pieces includes these metallic-trimmed joggers, which will keep you on track both on and off the treadmill.
Available at Harrods, priced £155.
Bold shirts can be surprisingly flattering – providing the right shade and pattern is picked. The neutral hues of this zig-zag shirt from New Look keep it on the right side of gauche, plus the busy lines will minimise bulk up top, especially when paired with a neat black jacket.
Available at New Look, priced £17.99.
Since launching in 2012, French design collective Études has prided itself on representing a global visual culture. It’s no surprise, then, that the label’s comment on the EU comes in a very stylish package. It’s also available in the traditional gold-on-blue colourway, but this yellow version packs the real punch. We’re in.
Available at Farfetch, priced £141.
Pastels are not always the most wearable shade in the average man’s wardrobe, but mint green is surprisingly versatile, especially with a lighter denim. Crafted from a technical fabric, the duck-egg hue of this coach jacket from Reiss is a way to nod to Easter without wearing a bonnet.
Available at Reiss, priced £175.
Shock, minimalist sneakers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. While the high-end market has been cornered, the lack of labels at the lower end is allowing the high street to get in on the action, too. These clean, beige examples from Burton are made using real suede to punch well above their price point.
Available at Burton, priced £39.
Band merch is getting a hype-label remix thanks to Off-White this season. Like an embarrassing mum, the streetwear brand has pillaged the music archives to dig out old-school band photos. This Oasis T-shirt is a long way from Manchester but is sure to be a collector’s item for years to come.
Available at Matches, priced £188.
Blue tailoring is a surefire summer staple. Save yourself from rushing around before that garden wedding and invest early for a suit that you can wear the whole season. This jacket from Parisian stalwart Sandro is cut from prized Super 120s wool and would pair just as well with the matching trousers as with a pair of slim chinos.
Available at Sandro, priced £420.
Marks & Spencer’s Autograph range has been offering reliable, smart-casual separates for years now. This textured jumper is a timeless example of what the British chain always gets right. Classic enough to wear anywhere but with detailing that adds interest, it’s guaranteed to keep the evening chill off through to autumn.
Available at Marks & Spencer, priced £29.50.
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