The New UNDONE Basecamp Watch Timepiece

UNDONE, the watch brand democratizing custom luxury timepieces, is excited to release their new, highly-anticipated model, the Basecamp. At StylePilot we couldn’t be more excited to try it on.

In their own words, it is “a modern, high-performance tool watch with on-trend vintage aesthetics, the Basecamp is now the brand’s most durable custom watch in the collection”.

“We’ve been producing top-quality, great looking, customizable watches at UNDONE since 2014” Michael Young, UNDONE Co-Founder. But the Basecamp is really the first of its kind in terms of its utilitarian caliber. We took two years to develop this timepiece and every single detail and complication was considered to make this watch stand out in terms of both form and function.”

So what is so special about the Basecamp watch?

THE DESIGN

Ultra-Domed Crystal

Today, watch crystals are mostly flat. Basecamp’s 3mm crystal is patently arched for a real, retro look. The desired shape took the UNDONE team two years to develop in the lab using LEXAN™, a polycarbonate thermoplastic found in headlamps and motorcycle helmets with 250 times the impact strength of glass.

The connoisseur will notice that one of the most prominent features is the highly-visible orange hour-hand, which is a tribute to one of the founder’s favorite watch brands, Rolex, and their famous Rolex Explorer II. Watch aficionados will also notice the nod to Blancpain’s 50 Fathom ‘sterile’ bezel — the Basecamp featuring that same beloved and uncommon triangle hour pointer.

Exceptionally Legible
Unlike most watches, Basecamp boasts three drastically different hands, so the hour, minute, and second are immediately distinguishable. Importantly, the hour hand is the eye-catching hue of vivid orange – striking, and symbolic of safety.

WHAT ELSE?

MAKE IT PERSONAL.

With a philosophy that luxury lies in boutique, tailor-made products in small quantities, the Basecamp, like all other models, is made-to-order at UNDONE facilities for each customer. There’s not only a choice between case materials like stainless steel, black PVD, rose gold and gold, but also bezel function types and a personalized display caseback.

Because you can.
Staying true to UNDONE philosophy – that individuality matters – Basecamp is yours to customize. Your wrist, your story. Time on your terms.

4 Case Options
Basecamp’s 316L stainless steel case comes in four options: silver; gold; rose gold; and matte black. Except the silver case, all the others are thinly vacuum-coated using PVD, for softened shine and heightened hardiness.

3 New Straps
While compatible with any 20mm watch bands, Basecamp comes with a new and exclusive NATO strap selection in orange, olive green, and black, in two different coatings. “NATO” is a nickname for the “G10” strap first issued to British soldiers in 1973 – waterproof, fail-safe and easy-to-change.

2 Bezel Choices
The choice is between a vintage, understated ‘sterile’ bezel displaying just one lumed pointer to indicate the hour, or the more conventional ‘graduated’ bezel for accurate minute-by-minute measurement (available in May 2019).

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight

Tool watches should be light and compact, and in no way clumsy or cumbersome – they are designed to fuse effortlessly with an explorer’s physique, so they never have to be taken off during a journey. Weighing in at just 66 grams, Basecamp ticks all the boxes (and scales).

Dimensions

Perfect for everyday wear, indoors or outdoors, office, off-site… Sans crown guards, Basecamp has slimmed down to smarten up for all sorts of occasions. At 40mm in diameter and 15mm thick, Basecamp sits snugly on any wrist. Lug-to-lug length is 48mm and lug width is 20mm, allowing easy exchange with all UNDONE 20mm straps.

Movement

Basecamp is driven by one of the most reliable and robust workhorse in the industry – the Seiko Instrument Inc. NH35a automatic movement. The Japanese are known for precision and efficiency. The watch fuels up by wrist motion, but can also be wound manually via the crown; fully wound, it’s armed with a 42-hour power reserve.

The Basecamp has just been released today!

From £220 RRP for the Basecamp Standard watch.

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Nike – Engineered Fleece Meets Engineered Knit

The huge Nike fans that we are at StylePilot have been lucky enough to try on their launched tech fleece. First thing we love is that there’s no need to be at the gym to wear it. It’s just great to have a smart item of casual wear.

This Season’s Take On Tech Pack

Nike’s Tech Fleece collection reimagines classic sportswear silhouettes by pairing Nike Tech Fleece with Nike Tech Knit for the first time. 

The collection’s classic crew and hoodie each feature a Tech Fleece body constructed of a pliable, lightweight layer plush foam situated between soft cotton jersey that traps air to provide warmth, breathability, insulation and articulation. 

Ergonomic zones are engineered into the fabric for flexibility and enhanced ventilation. High-use areas are subtly reinforced and core regions strategically knit for structural warmth.

This is engineered for warmth and designed to respond to its wearer’s environment and activity level while introducing a new, progressive aesthetic.

What About Those?

The Nike Roshe Two Flyknit – picture below and above – are a perfect fit. They are available in Black, White, Volt and Dark Grey.

Mesh is incorporated for breathability. Minimal seams and built-in stretch offer maximum comfort.W

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And don’t forget the 10 things to know about Nike’s redesigned Nike+ Training Club App

Angel Champagne, An Entirely Unique Experience

What is it that is so special about this new luxurious Champagne?

Angel’s Brut Champagne has an enticing and sensual nose with notes of fresh almonds, vanilla and honeysuckle, red peach skin and even a hint of liquorice root. Very attractive on the palate, with slowly dancing and caressing bubbles. Creamy yet vibrant with lots of personality and energy. A fresh, luxurious and elegant cuvée.

Blending

Angel is a much admired, selected cuvée containing only the most exquisite and richest pressings from Premier Cru harvested grapes. With the aid of their highly acclaimed oenologists, each year the wine of the vintage is skilfully blended with some of the sacred reserve wines from years gone by. This ensures greater levels of consistency which enables the finish, after assemblage, to become more delicate and complex in its nature.

Ageing

After perfecting the blend, the wine is bottled, sealed and stored approximately 100 feet underground. Specifically, designed cellars dug deep beneath the chalky substrate create the perfect conditions for protecting our delicate cuvées. Complex and time consuming methods adopted over hundreds of years by true artisans and time served craftsmen owe much to our celebrated wines. The non-vintage brut ages on average 30 months, whilst the rosé takes 36 months and the vintage cuvées age over 7-8 years.

Remuage

When the ageing ends the process of Remuage, or riddling, begins. It’s the process of turning each day the bottles one quarter turn so the sediment from the second fermentation migrates down into the neck of the bottle. Some Champagnes now undergo mechanical riddling. Angel Champagne however prides itself on using the time-honoured methods of hand turning in its pursuit for perfection.

Dégorgement

Is a term attributed to the method in which the sediment collected in the neck of the bottle is removed with minimum loss of wine after Remuage is complete. The process involves freezing the neck of the bottle and removing the resulting plug of ice that contains the sediment.

Dosage

Following Remuage and Dégorgement each bottle is given the addition of liqueur-de-dosage, a mixture of wine and fine sugar cane. Each Champagne’s liqueur-de-dosage is a sacred recipe and closely guarded secret often passed down from generation to generation. This unique aged liqueur-de-dosage is precisely what gives Angel Champagne its superb taste and in fact, it’s very soul.

Finishing

Finally, Angel’s skilled artisans apply the final touches, with each precious bottle delicately hand finished. A special black matt paint, gently cloaks our Non-Vintage Brut Champagne and a warm tactile white matt coats each bottle of our Rosé. Finally, a more traditional dark green glass encases and encapsulates our most precious Vintage Champagne’s.
When the bottles are ready, Angel’s dedicated craftsmen apply a four-piece label set. Each set includes our unique motif, embossed in highly polished pewter for both our Non-Vintage Brut and Rosé cuvées and in Black Pewter for our Vintages.

Non-Vintage Brut 750ml RRP £100,00

There can never be any mistaking the undeniably distinctive aesthetic of each and every bottle of Angel Champagne.

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Nike Pro Hypercompression Tights

At StylePilot we are massive fans of Nike, and it’s always with great excitement to try out their latest garments. As spring has just started, what a better occasion than testing the Nike Pro Hypercompression tights.

To transform into the best you ever you have to train fast. Pick your sport, speed is the determining factor between success and failure.

Speed can be broken into different components – detection, reaction, acceleration, linear speed, change fo direction, agility, endurance. No matter what type of training you are training faster to become the best you ever.

The breathable Nike Pro Hypercompression Men’s Training Tights give you compressive support and freedom of movement during your toughest workouts.

Control vibration

Silicon-injected Hypercompression technology at the calves and quads offers targeted support, helping to reduce muscle vibration during high-intensity training.

Zero distraction: dry and lightweight stretch woven fabrication does not take on moisture.

Stay cool

Smooth, warp-knit mesh panels in high-heat zones enhance airflow where you need it most, helping you stay cool when your workout heats up.

Ventilation: breathable stretch mesh allows for heat to escape.

Move freely

The tights’ woven fabric offers four-way stretch, giving you the natural mobility you need for lifting, cardio or plyometric drills.

Zoned compression: injected silicon provides lockdown in strategic muscle groups for a coiled and compact feel.

More details:

. Dri-FIT Technology helps keep you dry and comfortable

. Elastic waistband for a comfortable fit

. Flat seams feel smooth against your skin

. Fabric: Body: Dri-FIT 84% polyester/16% elastane. Mesh/mesh lining: Dri-FIT 77% polyester/23% elastane.

. Machine wash

. Imported

Tips on how to put your compression garments on

Those are designed to be tight fitting and as such you should take care when putting them on to prevent damage to any part of the item. We would recommend taking your time and don’t force larger limbs through small openings whilst the materials used compression clothing do possess excellent elasticity qualities. Be especially careful with the clothing gripping areas which are always slightly less stretchy. It is often easier to progressively pull the clothing into place rather than try and get it on in a single movement. Enjoy 😉

Sunglasses by Superdry | Top by Decathlon | Shorts, tights and Flyknit shoes by Nike.

Shop your Nike tights here.

And don’t forget the 10 things to know about Nike’s redesigned Nike+ Training Club App


Trevor Sorbie Launches New ‘Mg’ Men’s Grooming Products

At StylePilot we do like when it comes to testing a new product. This time we have not been disappointed: we had not one, but three products from the International salon and haircare brand Trevor Sorbie to try.

Those three new additions to the product range – revitalising silver & grey hair, taming natural curls and thickening hair – result from a growing demand for men’s grooming products, so we were told.

Below, the three new men’s grooming products to Trevor Sorbie’s haircare range:

Trevor Sorbie Mg – Silver Caffeine Shampoo

RRP £5.99, 250ml

Trevor Sorbie Mg Silver Caffeine Shampoo reduces unwanted yellow tones and revitalises grey, white or blonde hair.

It has an amazing fragrance, and its (purple) colour makes it even cooler.

The ‘small prints’:

• Perfect for grey, white or blonde hair
• Developed, tested & approved in the Trevor Sorbie award winning salons
• SLS, Sodium Chloride & Paraben free
• Cruelty free & vegan
• 95% naturally derived ingredients
• Made in Britain

Trevor Sorbie Mg – Curl Tamer Styling Cream

RRP £7, 150ml

Trevor Sorbie Mg Curl Tamer Styling Cream controls, defines and enhances your natural curls. Perfect for those who want to get long-lasting control and definition whilst nourishing and strengthening the hair. It can be applied on dry or wet hair.

The ‘small prints’:

• Perfect for naturally curly hair
• Contains a styling agent to give long-lasting control & definition without stiffness
• Developed, tested & approved in the Trevor Sorbie award winning salons
• SLS, Sodium Chloride & Paraben free
• Cruelty free & vegan
• 92% naturally derived ingredients
• Made in Britain

Trevor Sorbie Mg – Thicker & Fuller Thickening Spray

RRP £7

Trevor Sorbie Mg Thicker & Fuller Thickening Spray contains botanical blends, multi-vitamins and amino acid complexes to add body and thickness to fine and thinning hair and care for the scalp.

The ‘small prints’:

• Perfect for helping hair look and feel thicker
• Contains a botanical blend, multi-vitamin & amino acid complexes to help promote thicker hair & care for the scalp
• Developed, tested & approved in the Trevor Sorbie award winning salons
• Cruelty free & vegan
• 97% naturally derived ingredients
• Made in Britain

Available to buy online from trevorsorbie.com, Boots.com , Boots stores and Trevor Sorbie salons now.

Additional information:
Vegan, cruelty free and featuring over 90% natural ingredients, this new collection has also been developed, tested & approved in the award-winning Trevor Sorbie salons.

A Winter Break In The French Alps

The ski season will not last forever, so let’s enjoy the peacefulness!

Just breathe-in and breathe-out!

The French call it the ‘Tire-Fesses’!

Stay put!

Ski goggles!

A Swiss Chalet (in Switzerland!).

And ‘voilà’ ready to go again!

(Orange) Jacket and Sunglasses & Goggles by Superdry #superdrysport

Essential Tips: Blazers

A blazer is a key component of the modern man’s style offering. It smartens up casual looks with a tailored edge, yet exudes a more relaxed impression than a suit. It will pair equally well with a denim and tee combination, or a crisp shirt and tailored trousers.

Some believe the garment’s name is derived from the navy uniforms made for the crew of the HMS Blazer in 1837, others claim it was due to the ‘emblazoned’ family and school crests that were applied to 19th century blazers. Whatever the origins of its name, its adoption into mainstream menswear stemmed from the necessity of a casual style of jacket to thrown on at more laid-back occasions.

Here, we take a look at the crucial styles and factors to consider when investing in this wardrobe all-rounder.

The Cotton Blazer

A cotton blazer is suitable for dressing up a fine-gauge knit during transitional months, or pairing with crisp shirting and crew-neck tees during warmer weather. A navy two-button style is a wardrobe failsafe you can rely on time and again; the shade is timeless and will complement both micro-print patterns and solid colours layered beneath.

Where to wear it: To the office with your formal shirting and silk accessories, at the weekend with a crew-neck tee or merino knit. You can’t go wrong at most smart-casual occasions with a navy blazer.

The Wool Blazer

Given that the British climate is generally of a cooler persuasion, a wool blazer is an indispensable style suitable for wear throughout most of the year. A quality virgin wool or mohair blazer in a neutral shade will prove its worth and versatility each season, and retains warmth while remaining breathable.

Where to wear it: Wear it in the week dressed up with a striped silk tie and a crisp poplin-cotton shirt, or try it with an Oxford shirt and lean indigo denim for weekend drinks. Finish the look with leather derby shoes for the office, or penny loafers at the weekend.

The Linen Blazer

Linen tailoring has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent seasons, and its suitability for warmer climes makes it ideal for maintaining a polished appearance in summery conditions. The fabric is renowned for its cooling, lightweight qualities due to the breathability of natural linen fibres.

Where to wear it: Holidays to tropical climates or warm Mediterranean city breaks. Linen is also acceptable city wear in summer for those who want to beat the heat while remaining smart. Try it with a minimalist white polo tee abroad, or chinos and an open-collar shirt in town.

The Tweed Blazer

Heritage fabrics have been big news in menswear design for successive seasons, with designers and brands reinterpreting this traditional British fabric in a modern context with slimmer, more contemporary cuts. The dense weave of tweed cloth means it retains warmth exceptionally well, explaining why it was used in the past exclusively for outdoor sports. This makes it the perfect way to combat the cold and damp British winters.

Where to wear it: Traditionally confined to the country, tweed has now made its way into the urban closet. Sunday lunch, weekend drinks, or strolls in the rural wilds are all acceptable occasions to don a tweed number. Wear it with sturdy boots in the country or polished leather brogues in town.

The Double-Breasted Blazer

The double breasted blazer is rather like sartorial marmite – you either love it or hate it. There’s certainly been a concerted effort to reinterpret this style for modern tastes, and retailers from high-street to high-end are full of them. Appearing a touch more formal than the single breasted, the overlapped, double-button front creates a structured silhouette that broadens the shoulders, offering a more masculine shape. It’s ideally suited to gents with taller, more slender frames – avoid it if you’re shorter and stockier as it broadens the chest and will make you appear squatter.

Where to wear it: In the city for work or play – it can transition nicely from the boardroom to after-hours dinner, and will make a sharp impression on a date. Try it with a lightweight cashmere roll-neck and printed silk pocket square for an elegant retro-inspired look.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT

Fit illustrations from Artofmanliness.

Finding the right fit for a blazer can be a bit of minefield, but following our simple guide below will hopefully find you one that fits like a glove.

Sleeve Length

The ideal sleeve length should finish just on your wrist bone and show about 2cm of your shirt cuff. It shouldn’t be approaching your knuckles, nor should it be so short that it shows your entire shirt cuff.

Blazer Length

The hem of the blazer should finish at your knuckles. It shouldn’t extend beyond this and shouldn’t finish above the wrist (unless specifically a cropped blazer).

The Front Fastening

When fastened, the jacket should sit comfortably showing the loose outline of your waist. The material should not be ruching or pulling (too small), not should there be so much excess fabric that your body shape is lost (too large).

Whether you’re wearing a two-button or three-button blazer, always leave the last button unfastened.

The Shoulders

The shoulder seam of the blazer should sit naturally on the end of your shoulder. If it’s too small, the jacket will pinch and ruche around the shoulders, too large and the seam will be drooping over the edge of your shoulder.

ESSENTIAL HINTS & TIPS

Buying your blazer

  • Avoid synthetic fibres – they don’t breathe like natural cloths and ultimately won’t last as long
  • Don’t buy into trends if they don’t suit you. You may be reading about the virtues of the double-breasted blazer everywhere, but if you have a shorter, stockier frame, it’s only going to make the situation worse
  • Wear what you’re comfortable with – everyone has their own taste in apparel, and rules are there to be broken, so if you feel like wearing a tweed jacket to the office, go for it, but keep the rest of your ensemble smart and city-appropriate
  • Don’t just buy the first thing you see – do you research into brands to find the perfect fit. Many brands have a signature cut which will suit certain individuals, and once you’ve found yours, you can return to the brands each season knowing what to expect

How to Care for your blazer

  • Give your blazers a rest – don’t wear the same blazer day after day. Instead, invest in several and rotate them. Hang your blazer up after a day’s wear and let it air before putting it back in your wardrobe
  • Get rid of those flimsy wire hangers you have left over from your last dry-cleaning trip and invest in some broad-shouldered wood hangers for your blazers. These will help maintain the shape of your blazer
  • Don’t dry clean too often. The dry cleaning process uses chemicals which gradually break down material fibres with each treatment. We recommend dry cleaning no more than twice a year for each garment to prolong its lifespan.

Essential Tips: Footwear

Whether you’re in the market for a pair of polished Oxfords for the office, a set of solid boots for outdoor pursuits or some sandals for an escapade to warmer climes, our ultimate footwear guide will ensure you are well-shod in all situations.

LACE-UPS

The Brogue

With their distinctive punched and wingtip detailing, the brogue is one of most traditional lace-up styles in the modern man’s shoe compilation. The decorative punched details are the key to shoe’s name: they were originally perforations to allow drainage when crossing damp bogs – ‘brogue’ is derived directly from this. Sturdy, versatile and striking the perfect balance between smart and casual, the brogue makes an easy pairing with tailored trousers, denim and chinos, making it a suitable style companion to most outfits. With a marked return to heritage dressing in menswear, the brogue has become an indispensible footwear investment.

The Oxford

Developed from a short boot with side slits popular at Oxford University in the 1800s, the Oxford shoe is the most formal footwear style today. Simple and clean-cut, they feature a ‘closed lace’ design, where the bottom of the lacing panel has been stitched to the front of the shoe (the vamp). Oxfords tend to be constructed from smooth leather and feature a simple toe-cap design, although variations in suede and other materials are common. The shoe of choice for city gents on office-bound days or formal functions, the classic Oxford is best styled with tailoring.

The Derby

A more casual and multi-faceted take on the Oxford, Derby shoes feature an open-lace construction, (in contrast to Oxfords) where the bottom of the eyelet lace panels have not been stitched to front of the front of the shoe (the vamp). Suitable for wearing in both casual and dressier situations, the Derby shoe can be crafted from leather or suede and usually sports a simple clean-cut design, but can also feature a toe cap.

Best foot forward: Heavier-soled lace-ups tend to look better on well-built men. If you have a slimmer profile, opt for a less chunky construction. Extend the lifespan of your leather shoes by investing in a good wax-based shoe cream and giving them a good polish and buff once a fortnight. With suede shoes, use a quality suede brush and a waterproof protector spray to keep them in order.

BOOTS

The Hiking and Work Boot

Inspired by the footwear of explorers and working-class labourers of yesteryear, these heavy-duty designs have come to dominate the men’s boot market in recent seasons – largely due to designer’s proclivity for mountaineering gear and heritage dressing. No longer the preserve of the intrepid country rambler, this type of boot has found its way from the country to an urban setting and is ideal for tackling city pavements in challenging weather. With a lace-up front and a solid grip-sole, these study boots afford superb support for keen walkers and will also lend a rugged finish to any look. Wear them year-round with jeans and chinos, lightweight sporty jackets, textured knits and woollen peat coats.

The Chelsea Boot

Since their rise to popularity in the Sixties, Chelsea boots have earned cult status. Identified by their slip-on design featuring elasticised ankle inserts and a round or slightly pointed toe, Chelsea boots are ideal for the gent who wants to introduce a hint of rock ‘n’ roll attitude into his aesthetic. Designs are traditionally in leather or suede, with contemporary styles featuring details such as colour-pop inserts and metallic embellishments. Chelsea boots look their best when worn with slim or skinny jeans, or close-fitting trousers.

The Desert Boot

Also known as the Chukka boot, the style owes its name to the footwear worn by British troops engaged in the Western Desert Campaign during the Second World War. Typically made of suede or leather, these softly constructed boots feature a simple open-lace construction, a crepe sole and round toe. Comfortable and lightweight, Desert boots are a smart choice for the warmer months and will easily pair with all your casual apparel. Opt for a colour-pop or pastel hue to put a contemporary spin on your summer footwear.

Best foot forward: Boots are by nature are more casual than shoes, so pair them with your weekend looks unless you work in a more creative office where the dress code is more relaxed. Invest in a few pairs that will see you through the seasons: hiking and work boots will help you keep a firm footing in inclement conditions, whilst desert and Chelsea boots are an astute choice for the warmer months.

LOAFERS & MONK STRAP SHOES

The Penny Loafer

This classic style, usually crafted from leather or suede is defined by its simple slip-on design which features a cut-out detail on the front of the shoe. The smartest type of loafer, it’s easily adapted to wearing with tailored trousers and denim alike.  Opt for classic tan, black and navy colours in the cooler months, swapping for jewel-tone or pastel-hued suede designs in the summer season.

The Tassel Loafer

A more casual style than the Penny loafer, this shoe is guaranteed to lend a dash of natty charm to your aesthetic. Featuring signature tassel fringing on the front, this preppy design can trace its origins to the colleges of 1950s America. Try them with lean dark-hued denim or tweed trousers for a sophisticated nod to vintage mode.

The Driving Loafer

These softly-constructed loafers feature a heelless sole, with leather lace detailing around the upper and front and a bobble-grip sole designed to provide firm traction on the pedals of a car. An easy summer style, they can be worn with almost any casual leg wear option.

The Monk Strap Shoe

A stylish alternative to lace-ups, monk straps have a decidedly elegant edge over other traditional shoes, and strike a well-executed balance between a formal Oxford and the more casual Derby. Defined by their buckle and strap fastenings (single or double straps are the norm), these shoes evolved from the footwear worn by 11th century monks, who appreciated the hard-wearing and practical design. Simply team them with a suit in the week or with your tailored chinos and knits at the weekend and they’ll earn you instant style credibility.

Best foot forward: Loafers are a superb smarter footwear option for the warmer months. Try wearing them sockless (or with invisible socks) and roll up your chinos or jeans a few centimetres for a fresh, contemporary look.

SANDALS & SLIP-ONS

The Fisherman Sandal

Fisherman-style leather sandals, which owe their origins to the ancient coastal communities of the Mediterranean, have made a big comeback in recent seasons. Designed so that water could easily drain out (essential when working on a fishing vessel), these traditional shoes will lend a dash of heritage charm to your feet. They’re versatile too, pairing equally well with both shorts and smarter trousers.

The Modern Sandal

Designed with a solid platform and an easy slip-on, slip-off design, these are ideal for wearing in exotic lands where removing your shoes before going indoors is customary. The airy open-toed construction of these styles gives your feet a chance to breathe after being incarcerated in darkness for the best part of the year.

The Espadrille

With their jute sole, lightweight construction and breathable canvas upper, espadrilles are great for gents that want put a summery spin on their footwear, without exposing their toes. They make the perfect style partner to a striped Breton tee and tailored shorts.

The Flip-flop

Best confined to the pool, the humble flip-flop serves the wearer well in situations where water is a constant feature. Remember to pack a pair in your suitcase to wear with your favourite poolside apparel.

The Boat Shoe

This instantly recognisable style is crafted from leather or suede and sports signature lacing around the upper, and a leather lace-up front. First emerging in the 1930s with the rise of maritime pursuits amongst the leisured classes, these shoes are designed to have a firm grip on wet surfaces, making them ideal for wearing in places where water may come into the mix.

Best foot forward: Sandals were previously viewed as strictly holiday-wear only; this is no longer the case. A pair of minimalist sandals will look great worn in the city on a hot summer’s day with a pair of tailored shorts.

Essential Tips: Shirts

Shirting is one of the easiest areas to refresh in our style arsenal, but with such a vast array of designs to choose from, where do you begin? Our easy to follow guide will help you sort your Oxfords from your Marcellas, and have you looking crisp and polished whatever the occasion.

The Oxford Shirt

A menswear staple, every man will have one or two of these in his wardrobe. A casual style, the Oxford shirt is identified by its Oxford cloth, usually made of cotton or linen and woven with a fine basket-weave. Some Oxfords have a chest patch pocket, others are pocket-free and can either be plain or printed. Collars are often of the button-down variety. A casual classic, Oxford shirts are lightweight and ideal for layering with knitwear, or wearing solo in accordance with the season.

Style Tip: The Oxford shirt is a great all-rounder and can easily be smarted up with tailoring, or worn casually with denim. During colder spells, pair with a tweed blazer, swapping for a navy cotton jacket when the weather warms. On down days, simply team with a pair of indigo jeans and pop-colour diving loafers

Where to wear it: During casual weekends paired with chinos or denim, or smart- casual occasions with tailored trousers and a blazer.

The Printed Shirt

Menswear is largely dominated by solid tones, so a printed shirt can add a welcome dash of pattern to your aesthetic. Whether you opt for an artful micro-print style, a traditional check or stripe or a bold floral print, a printed shirt will bring a fresh dimension to plain wardrobe staples. If a more subtle approach is your aim, a geometric micro-print shirt is a great way to introduce pattern in a quieter fashion, while the check shirt remains an essential ingredient in today’s menswear offering. For the more daring gent, an abstract or bloom motif is will lend a summery edge to any casual look.

Where to wear it: To offices with a creative outlook, after-hours drinks, weekend gatherings.

Style tip: It’s best to avoid pattern overkill. If you’ve opted for a printed shirt, pair it with solid-tone separates for a more considered approach. A micro floral-print shirt will look great layered with a slim-fitting navy blazer and dark-hued denim.

The White Shirt

A backbone to both formal and casual looks, the white shirt remains a timeless menswear classic. With formal white shirts (defined by a stiff collar and long sleeves, sometimes with double cuffs), gents with a stockier or larger frame should opt for the classic fit, which offers a little more room. For slimmer gentlemen, opting for a closer slim cut can bring a more modern feel to the look. Lightweight casual white shirts are a great option for summer, and a loose-fitting linen or cotton style will be cooling whilst lending an artistic touch to your outfit.

Where to wear it: To work with your weekday tailoring, formal events and off-duty occasions layered beneath knitwear

Style tip: For a casual summer take, try a loose-fitting linen shirt with a pair of pastel chinos and loafers. Finish by nonchalantly rolling up your sleeves.

The Short-Sleeve Shirt

Previously seen as a relic of our grandfather’s closet, short-sleeve shirts are back in a big way. Cotton or linen, plain or printed, the style is the perfect for the warmer months, making them a holiday wardrobe essential. Hawaiian shirts have shaken off their Magnum P.I. and tasteless tourist associations, and have become a bona fide summer style necessity, with high-end and high-street designers creating luxe, contemporary versions. Short-sleeve shirts have equal styling merit with shorts and sandals as they do with tailored trousers and chinos.

Where to wear it: Holidays in warmer climes, sultry days in the city, barbeques and summer outdoor jaunts

Style tip: Avoid dressing up a short-sleeve shirt too much, and leave it out of formal office ensembles. It definitely still works best in casual situations. Invest in a dark-hued Hawaiian shirt for your next jet-set break to warmer climes and team it with a pair of light grey linen shorts, leather sandals and your favourite retro-inspired sunnies for a nonchalant holiday look.

The Dinner Shirt

The dinner shirt or dress shirt is a style we see less and less of these days with the relaxation of dress codes and the waning of black-tie events. Traditionally worn with a dinner suit, the style is identified by a pleated, plain or textured pique ‘bib’ front (known as a Marcella shirt) and double cuffs and is fastened with either enamelled metal dressed studs, or buttons. This style of shirt can have a wing collar or a classic spread collar. Traditional dinner shirts are cut in a classic fit, but contemporary slim fits are a considered choice, particularly if you’ve opted for a close-fitting jacket.

Where to wear it: Formal black tie functions

Style tip: Don’t feel obliged to opt for the more ubiquitous wing collar when choosing a dinner shirt. A classic spread collar offers a neater look as it folds over the neckband of your bowtie and keeps it in place. This is particularly useful if you don’t know how to tie your own bowtie and wish to conceal the clip and adjuster.