Regardless of whether you’re a complete beginner or sartorial connoisseur, the fact remains that, with the changing of the seasons, your wardrobe will always need, and benefit from, some new additions. Not only does it help stop your personal style from becoming stale, but it also allows you to have a bit of rotation in what you wear – ultimately meaning your clothes last longer.

So with that in mind, we present a primer on the versatile pieces you’d be wise to pick up this season, conveniently divided by price range. We’ll start with a £300 budget that focuses on simple, classic and versatile staples that will see you through this spring/summer and many more to come.

Then, it’s on to the £600 upper limit in which we’ll list some slightly more trend-led pieces you can buy that will complement the basics.

Finally, the £1,000 margin will include niche on-trend clothing, accessories and other items that you may not have otherwise considered.

Let’s run these beauties down, shall we?

£300 Or Less To Spend

A typical budget for most students or young professionals, as well as those who have other priorities that come first: rent/mortgage, bills, family etc. When confined to a modest limit such as this, it’s important to prioritise value for money.

Summer Neutral Chinos & Light Wash Jeans

Think of these as a blank canvas on which the rest of your outfit can be painted. To wit, opt for chinos in summer-ready neutrals such as stone, lighter shades of beige and white.

Keep the cut straight or slim for maximum versatility and prioritise styles made from lightweight cotton and cotton-linen blends to ensure comfort in the heat.

Alternatively (or even additionally), you could consider a pair of light wash jeans. Denim is – by most accounts – the material of the season, and lighter washes will work in both relaxed, Bohemian-inspired outfits and smart-casual looks.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

Recommended Budget: < £80

  • Asos Slim ChinosRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Allsaints Stive ChinosRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Cotton ChinosRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Wrangler Jeans Bryson Skinny Fit The Angler Light WashRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Zara Colored Slim-fit JeansRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Cheap Monday High Slim Jeans In BlueRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • J.crew 484 Slim-fit Washed Cotton-twill ChinosRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Garment-dyed ChinosRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • J.crew Urban Slim-fit Lightweight Cotton TrousersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • River Island Light Wash Dylan Slim JeansRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Light Wash Jan JeansRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Levis 501 Ct Jeans 501 Ct Slim-fit JeansRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Dark Denim Jacket

The denim jacket is set to be THE outerwear silhouette for SS15, so what better time to invest in this menswear classic?

Go for a trucker style and don’t be afraid of wearing it too often – this is one piece that will easily transition into autumn and could even be layered underneath an overcoat or mac as the temperatures drop in winter. In fact, just wear the hell out of it – the more beat up it looks the better.

A word of advice on double denim: if you’re worried about a potential Justin Timberlake Canadian tuxedo moment, then remember to opt for a lighter wash on your bottom half (the jeans recommended above would be ideal).

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

Recommended Budget: < £60

  • Asos Denim Jacket In Skinny FitRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Asos Denim Jacket In Slim FitRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Asos Denim Jacket In Skinny FitRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Dark Denim JacketRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • H&m Denim JacketRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Topman Dark Blue Stretch Skinny Denim JacketRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Printed Or Knitted Polo Shirt

Whether you opt for a contemporary geometric motif, vintage seventies-inspired pattern or timeless Breton stripe, a printed polo shirt will help set you apart from the sea of guys whose go-to look in the summer consists of an oversized, block-colour version teamed with three-quarter length cargo shorts.

Not a fan of prints? Consider a plain knitted option instead. Oozing Riviera charm and a slightly retro vibe, a knitted polo shirt offers a subtle differential when compared to classic pique cotton designs. Team with your white chinos or a pair of tailored shorts for an effortlessly chic warm-weather ensemble.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

Recommended Budget: < £70

  • Reiss Knitted Polo Shirt With Window Pane CheckRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Zara Short Sleeve Top With Striped ShoulderRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Zara Short Sleeve Knitted Polo ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Only & Sons Polo Shirt With All Over Floral PrintRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Selected Jersey Polka Dot Polo ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Topman Blue Knitted Stripe Polo T-shirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Folio Geometric Knitted Polo ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Hector Open Weave Polo Shirt EcruRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Uniqlo Men Washed Short Sleeve Polo Shirt By Michael BastianRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Brown/Beige Suede Derby Shoes

Boat shoes and espadrilles may get the lion’s share of attention, but these are the real essential summer footwear silhouette. Ideal for hot weather, suede Derbies are breathable, comfortable and will slot seamlessly into both smart and smart-casual looks.

Hunt down a pair in brown or beige for optimal wearability; they’re perfect for everything from garden parties to summer weddings.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

Recommended Budget: < £90

  • Zara Brushed Suede BluchersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Selected Homme Latin Suede Derby ShoesRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Asos Derby Shoes In SuedeRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • River Island Light Brown Suede Smart ShoesRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Peter Werth Nesbitt Suede Derby StoneRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Frewick Lace Cognac Suede Mens Formal ShoesRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Asos Derby Shoes In SuedeRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Bertie Buzz Suede Desert Derby Shoes TanRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • John Lewis & Co. Surrey Burnished Suede Derby Shoes BrownRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

£600 Or Less To Spend

As the budget increases, you should start to consider statement pieces that will add something extra to your everyday looks.

Lightweight Coloured Legwear

This could be a pair of trousers or shorts, depending on which you feel you’ll get the most wear out of.

Your top concerns in this case are material and hue: lightweight breathable summer fabrics like linen, cotton and seersucker are exactly what you need to stay stylish without breaking a sweat, while pastel shades such as pink, green, purple and yellow will team well with the neutral pieces you already own, introducing a welcome pop of colour to your outfits.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

Recommended Budget: < £80 for chinos and trousers | < £50 for shorts

  • He By Mango Slim-fit 5 Pocket Cotton TrousersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Cotton ChinosRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Zara Colored TrousersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Asos Chino Shorts In Mid LengthRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango 5 Pocket Bermuda ShortsRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Cotton Chino ShortsRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Grayers Newport Slim-fit Cotton ChinosRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • J.crew Broken In Slim-fit Brushed-cotton ChinosRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • River Island Mint Green Slim Chino ShortsRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Short-Sleeved Printed Shirt

The key to pulling off a short-sleeved shirt is in nailing the fit. It should sit comfortably across your chest, back and shoulders, end just below the beginning of your trouser fly and be snug, but not strained, around the biceps – with the sleeves ending roughly around the mid-bicep mark.

Much like their long-sleeved counterparts, short-sleeved shirts look good when paired with jeans, chinos or shorts, worn undone over a T-shirt or buttoned-up under a casual jacket in the evening. When it comes to print, look to this season’s abstract camo and muted floral styles for something that’s on-trend but still has some staying power.

For a true perennial though, opt for an all-over stripe, classic check or subtle pin dot design.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

Recommended Budget: < £50

  • He By Mango Slim-fit Short-sleeve Printed ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Asos Viscose Shirt In Short Sleeve With Polka DotsRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Zara Short Sleeve TopRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Uniqlo Men Geometric Printed Short Sleeve ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • French Connection Vienot Rose Print ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • French Connection Lunda Short-sleeved Floral ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Cos Printed Cotton-poplin ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • River Island Blue Only & Sons Stripe Short Sleeve T-shirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Selected Homme Sley Denim Paisley Print Short Sleeve Shirt Medium BlueRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Lightweight Blazer

Again, fabrics like cotton, linen, tropical wool and blends thereof are what you should keep your eyes peeled for, but the real key with a summer blazer is getting the lining right.

Put unlined and partially lined styles top of your list, as these are much lighter in weight and more breathable than fully lined versions. An unlined jacket is crafted from just one layer of material, allowing it to mould to your body and feel more like a shirt than a hefty piece of outerwear.

As for cut, don’t go too snug – the ideal fit is a little more relaxed than a formal suit jacket, but not so relaxed that you’re swimming in fabric.

Traditional patterns like checks and stripes are always safe bets but classic summer colours like cement grey, khaki and shades of light blue are also worth keeping an eye out for.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

Recommended Budget: < £200

  • He By Mango Linen BlazerRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Zara Basic Linen BlazerRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • J. Crew Ludlow Sportcoat In Fine-striped CottonRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Shannon B Slim-fit Blazer StoneRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Suitsupply Copenhagen Blue PlainRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • River Island Grey Check Linen-blend JacketRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Zara Check Linen BlazerRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Club Monaco Knitted Linen And Cotton-blend BlazerRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Beams Plus Striped Seersucker BlazerRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

The £1000 Budget

Still got some change spare after all of that? Now’s the time to consider luxury items, trend-led pieces and accessories that will help to individualise your look.

High Quality White Trainers

These aren’t your everyday knackered pair of Converse. These are the expertly soled, possibly handcrafted trainers you smugly break out when you need to dress down your navy suit or make a statement at a casual summer gathering.

As for material, canvas is cool, but leather will bring a luxury element to your outfit and is definitely a better investment if you want them to last. Just don’t forget to pick up some appropriate cleaning product to keep your whites white.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

  • Buttero White Leather Tanino Low Profile SneakersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Filling Pieces Mens White Leather SneakersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Garment Project Leather Trainers In WhiteRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Converse Jack Purcell Leather SneakersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Mr. Hare Cunningham Leather SneakersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Common Projects Original Achilles Leather SneakersRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Printed Swimwear

You’re likely to already have a neutral pair of swim shorts in your capsule wardrobe, so why not branch out with a printed style that are designed to make a poolside statement?

Available at all price points, in a variety of shapes and cuts, and every pattern you can think of, there is bound be something suitable on the current market.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

  • Gap Palm Print Boardshorts 1Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • J. Crew 6.5 Tab Swim Short In Blue ColorblockRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Tropical Print SwimsuitRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Onia The Calder 5 Pencil-print Swim ShortsRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Burleigh Dark Bloom Swim Shorts BlackRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Okun Ali Adinkra Swim Shorts Black/whiteRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Swim Shorts Navy/whiteRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Vilebrequin Okoa Long-length Printed Swim ShortsRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Orlebar Brown Bulldog Roc Pool-print Swim ShortsRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Linen Staples

From tees to knitwear to shirts, brands are now using linen in a variety of innovative ways, allowing you to keep cool during the day and warm during breezy summer evenings.

Pick up a handful of linen staples in neutral tones like grey, navy, khaki and brown and you won’t regret it – although it is widely considered a single-season fabric in the UK, you’ll get use out of these pieces for many more years to come.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

  • Allsaints Faxley Crew TshirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Eleven Paris Gatri Dark Heather Grey Linen T-shirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Allsaints Garrett Zip Crew JumperRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Uniqlo Men Premium Linen Long Sleeve ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Manoli Slim-fit Linen Shirt NavyRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Linen ShirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Sandro Striped Linen-jersey T-shirtRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Beams Plus Flecked Knitted Linen CardiganRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Oliver Spencer Knitted Linen SweaterRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Statement Outerwear

Because can you really trust the British summertime? It’s always a good idea to have a piece of outerwear to hand just in case. Yet even though a jacket is designed to be functional, it doesn’t mean you can’t add a splash of attitude to it.

For optimal rain protection, try an unlined trench or mac, or for a top layer that keeps the first few drops at bay, a lightweight Harrington or bomber jacket. Yet whichever you choose, make sure it’s in a bold hue and you’ll stay dry without surrendering any style points.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

  • Asos Bomber JacketRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Selected Hooded Raincoat With Bonded SeamsRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Topman Green Harrington JacketRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Zara Orange TrenchcoatRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Cannes Bomber Jacket Bright BlueRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Snap Button JacketRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Fred Perry Paper Touch Harrington Jacket Wallace RedRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Reiss Earlsworth Lightweight Mac Bright BlueRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Next Bomber JacketRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Spring/Summer Accessories

If you’ve shopped smart enough to have some budget left over, then round out your seasonal haul with some quality accessories.

Key pieces worth considering this SS15 include mirrored and coloured lens sunglasses, woven and canvas belts, no show socks, bold printed pocket squares for formal events and jewellery to add personality to your summer looks.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

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Key Styles

  • Icon Brand Rope RingRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Ted Baker Leather Plaited BraceletRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • He By Mango Suede Braided BeltRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Andersons Woven Elastic And Leather BeltRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Ted Baker Paisley Pocket SquareRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Cutler And Gross Metal Mirrored Aviator SunglassesRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Miansai Rope And Gold-plated Anchor BraceletRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • L.g.r D-frame Acetate SunglassesRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Falke Step Invisible Cotton-blend SocksRecommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Final Word

Making season-appropriate wardrobe tweaks needn’t cost the earth – look to these three budget levels to see just how far your money can go this summer.

What will you be looking to invest in this season? Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

Recommended Wardrobe Additions: Spring/Summer 2015

The menswear pieces worth buying this season, whatever your budget

Image: Massimo Dutti SS15

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