Warm-Weather Prep

While we’re still very much in the midst of winter, there’s no harm in looking ahead to a – literally – brighter future.

In fact, by starting your spring/summer preparations now, you’ll soon be able to sit back and relax in your new warm-weather get-up while everyone else scrambles through the remains of the high street clothing rails at the first sight of sun.

If you’re keen to keep your shopping list as concise as possible, here are the five essential items you’ll need to instantly update your look for SS15.

1. The Striped Blazer

Showcased in several SS15 collections from some of menswear’s biggest names, the striped blazer is straight in at number one on our list. While checked tailoring continues to make its presence felt, both on the runways and the streets, this season the pattern takes a back seat to stripes, which come in all forms, from horizontal pinstripes to thick, block-coloured variations.

Guaranteed to give your tailoring collection a summer-ready lift, a striped blazer will serve you well for a slew of different occasions, from formal garden parties to sun holidays abroad.

To tease out its smarter potential, combine with slim- or straight-fit chinos (hems rolled up slightly), a white button-down shirt and pair of chunky soled brogues or tasselled loafers. For something less dressy but inarguably stylish, team it with a classic fitted white crew neck T-shirt and pair of leather sandals.

Alternatively, if those two options are a little too safe for you, consider tapping one of the season’s major styling trends: mixing and matching stripes. You’ll need a healthy dose of confidence and a reasonably lean frame to pull this one off, but layering a broad vertical awning striped blazer over a thin horizontal Breton tee makes for a clash that flouts old sartorial rules, but is undoubtedly fashionable.

The key to mixing patterns is to try and vary the orientation and scale (size) of each piece you add to the look – for example, a boating striped blazer matched with a pinstripe shirt and horizontal club tie.

Lookbook Inspiration

5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Pieces

  • Skopes Lucerne Blazer5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Blue Stripe Blazer5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Hammond & Co Designer Navy Otley City Stripe Blazer5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Seersucker Gilford Sport Coat Blue/white5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Austin Reed Boating Stripe Jacket5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • M&s Collection Luxury New Linen Rich Tailored Fit 2 Button Striped Jacket5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Blue Harbour New Notch Lapel 2 Button Striped Jacket With Wool5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • New & Lingwood Rowan Stripe Boating Blazer5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Band Of Outsiders Schoolboy Knitted Wool And Cotton-blend Blazer5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
2. The Printed Shirt

Whether worn on its own as a statement piece or layered underneath a lightweight jumper or blazer, the printed shirt is back in all new guises for SS15, offering a sure-fire way to breathe life (and colour) into your warm-weather wardrobe.

A spring/summer 2015 favourite for labels such as Agi & Sam, Alexander Wang and Hunter Gatherer, one of the best-executed looks came courtesy of Topman Design’s 1970s-inspired show, with the brand teaming a vibrant yellow floral printed shirt with loose-fitting black trousers and a pair of retro trainers.

But whether you opt for a vintage floral design or plump for something sportier in the shape of a geometric print, you’ll want to keep everything else minimal and fuss-free in order to ensure your shirt is your look’s undisputed show piece.

Key motifs to consider this year include: florals, tropical prints, large dots, geometrics, camouflage, and statement stripes (block-colours, thick vertical designs, etc.).

Lookbook Inspiration

5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Pieces

  • He By Mango Modern Slim-fit Floral Shirt5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Camo-print Chambray Shirt5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Farah Vintage Shirt With Dot Pattern Short Sleeves Slim Fit5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Topman Floral Print Short Sleeve Shirt5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Paul Smith Jeans Shirt With Feather Print In Short Sleeve Classic Fit5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Spiro Slim-fit Graphic Shirt Blue5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Scotch & Soda Floral Poplin Shirt Navy5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Gant Malibu Madras Stripe Shirt Multi5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Pollock Spotted Shirt Blue5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • River Island Blue Tile Print Short Sleeve Shirt5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Marni Striped Cotton Shirt 10140385 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Hentsch Man Printed Cotton-poplin Short-sleeved Shirt5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
3. White Trainers

Clean, timeless and fuss-free, white trainers are set to be spring/summer 2015’s key footwear style.

Less brash and much smarter than the technicolour designs that have been favoured in recent seasons, white trainers will slot seamlessly into an array of smart, casual and smart-casual looks.

If you’re searching for a quality pair that will earn you plenty of style kudos, look to the market leaders in the genre: Common Projects’ Achilles, Converse’s Jack Purcell, adidas’ Stan Smith and Filling Pieces’ New Era models should be high on your wish list.

Given the neutrality of white trainers, you’ve pretty much got free reign when it comes to deciding what to wear them with. We’d suggest pairing yours with tailored chino shorts and a simple Breton T-shirt for a timeless high summer outfit, or dressing them up with a navy suit and white button-down shirt for a look that’s smart but far from stuffy.

Lookbook Inspiration

5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015

digel ss15 banana republic ss15 selected homme ss14 saturdays surf nyc ss14 el burgues ss15 bally ss15 Woolrich John Rich & Bros ss15 mango man ss15 windsor ss15 h&m spring 2015 new look ss15 boomerang ss15

Key Pieces

  • Lacoste Carnaby Evo 2 Trainers5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Asos Trainers5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Adidas Stan Smith Trainers In White And Green5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Leather Sneakers5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Jack Purcell Leather Jack Purcell Trainers White5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Filling Pieces New Era Off-white5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Dolce & Gabbana Leather Sneakers5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Want Les Essentiels De La Vie Lennon Leather And Mesh Sneakers5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
4. Jeans/Denim

No surprises here then. Still, as much as a good pair of jeans is a year-round mainstay, denim is set to well and truly take pride of place in your wardrobe this SS15.

At the core of collections from some of luxury’s most revered labels, including Prada and Tom Ford, this hard-wearing fabric has been significantly smartened up for the season ahead. The key to tapping into this trend is incorporating a variety of different denim pieces into one look. Forget double denim – we’re talking triple, quadruple etc.

To put together an outfit, simply pair your trusty indigo jeans with a crew neck jumper and light wash denim jacket for a low-key night out, or try a chambray shirt with slim black jeans and a cotton blazer for dress-down Friday in the office.

As a rule of thumb, denim-on-denim looks work best by ensuring the two (or more) pieces you choose are different shades/washes. So, if you opt for light blue jeans, then make sure you’re wearing something darker on top.

Top Tip: Don’t forget that denim comes in a variety of colours these days – from grey and black to white and khaki, mixing denim pieces together is so much easier when the hues change entirely.

Lookbook Inspiration

5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015

mango man fall 2014 Scotch & Soda Amsterdams Blauw Resort 2015 bally ss15 burton ss15 allsaints ss14 next ss14 house of fraser ss15 wrangler 2011 j crew fall 2013 m&s ss15 lbm 1911 ss15 river island ss15

Key Pieces

  • Allsaints Setsu Cigarette Jeans5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Topman Light Wash Stoney Regular Slim Fit Jeans5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Cheap Monday High Slim Jeans In Blue5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Nudie Jeans Organic Thin Finn Slim Fit5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Straight-fit Vintage Wash Bob Jeans5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Asahi Razor Jeans5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Redford Slim-fit Stretch Jeans Blue5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Nn.07 Peter Slim-fit Washed-denim Jeans5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Acne Studios Ace Dry-denim Jeans5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Officine Generale Slim-fit Selvedge Denim Suit Jacket5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Royce Washed Denim Shirt Indigo5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • A.p.c. Washed-denim Jacket5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
5. Pastel Legwear

Over the past few years, pastel colours have been making the slow and steady transition from ultra-feminine to unconventionally masculine, helped along most recently by some of British tailoring’s most significant brands.

Savile Row stalwarts Gieves & Hawkes, Hardy Amies and Richard James all included pastel tailoring within their spring/summer 2015 collections, with everything from baby blue suits to mint green blazers on show.

While you could opt for a jacket or shirt, sticking to a pair of well-cut pastel chinos or shorts means you have something to team with your new striped jacket or printed shirt (separately, mind), as well as something that would work as a statement piece when combined with pared-back staples like a white button-down shirt, neutral fine gauge knit or navy linen blazer.

What’s more, pastel legwear in lightweight materials such as cotton or linen makes for a much more appropriate alternative to your trusty pair of jeans once it’s time to board the plane to Bali or Barcelona.

Lookbook Inspiration

5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015

burton ss15 lbm 1911 ss15 house of fraser ss14 el burgues ss13 reiss ss15 gant rugger ss14 mango man ss14 matalan ss15 gucci resort ss15 massimo dutti may 2014 new look ss15 dunhill ss15

Key Pieces

  • Asos Chino Shorts In Mid Length5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Topman Washed Lilac Chino Shorts5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Asos Skinny Chinos5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Bellfield Twisted Chino Short5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Burton Duck Egg Blue Chino Shorts5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Garment-dyed Chinos5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Alexander Mcqueen Lightweight Cotton Trousers 10124685 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Lanvin Slim-leg Wool-blend Trousers 10173555 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • Gucci Stretch-cotton Jodhpur Trousers 10022635 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • River Island Yellow Slim Chino Shorts5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • J.crew Broken In Slim-fit Brushed-cotton Chinos5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
  • River Island Pale Green Slim Chino Shorts5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015
Final Word

Now that you know what should be top of your shopping list for the season ahead, you can start building a spring/summer 2015 wardrobe to be proud of.

Whether you’re going for a full overhaul, or want to subtly freshen up your look, we want to know your key pieces for SS15. Will you be adding any/all of the above to your check list? Have we missed something off?

Let us know in the comments section below.

5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015

5 Key Menswear Pieces For Spring/Summer 2015

Image: ramsey SS13

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