The Five Menswear Items You Must Invest In This Season

3rd May 2016

From the deck shirt set to become a new classic to the staple summer jacket everyone loves, consider our Joules Capsule Collection the building blocks of your new season wardrobe.

You know the drill. The nights are getting increasingly longer and lighter, the temperatures (albeit only when the sun’s out) are beginning to tease of things to come… It looks like summer could actually be just around the corner and for your wardrobe that means the change to prepare for more comfortable climes.

All of a sudden doing the commute in a thousand woolly layers or going down the pub in those old, slouchy two-sizes-too-big jeans you’ve been living in all winter just seems a little bit wrong. The slightest whiff of pollen and thought of dusting off the BBQ signals change and what better place to start than with your clobber.

Cue the Joules Capsule Collection, a finely tuned edit of key wardrobe heroes that we guarantee you’ll come to rely on over the coming months. Start with these five essentials and you’ve got yourself the foundations of one hardworking kit that’ll have your back all summer.

1: Easy Breezy Deck Shirt

Soon you won’t be able to remember a time when this staple wasn’t hanging pride of place in your shirt selection. A future classic, let the powers of this relaxed popover style work their magic whether you’re in the market for an off-duty go-to or looking for a smart-casual alternative to the everyday button up shirt. Weekend chores and pub lunch approved, the hard bit is choosing stripes or checks.

2: Fun Functional Trilby

Have you written off the trilby hat as a little bit too cool and not really one for you? You’re not alone. But while it might be second nature for pool party pros and field-loving festival goers, pulling off the trilby is really not as out-there as it first seems. Navigate with ease by pairing with smart separates like collared tops and tailored bottoms when needing to keep things sharp and refined. On holiday, opt for espadrilles and cotton shorts over flip-flops and swimmers.

3: Wear Everywhere Chino Trousers

Ah, the humble chino. Like a good builder’s brew, you know where you’re at with this no brainer trouser buy. The alternative to jeans for warmer months, embrace a dapper spin with your trusty tan brogues or lose the socks and opt for boat shoes off-duty for that first BBQ invite of the season. (Don’t forget to roll the hems up a little.) Also spot on for travelling in style and comfort at the airport (or down in Cornwall if you’re on staycation this year.) In navy, stone and red, the focus here is on cut and comfort with slightly tapered legs and added stretch for all round chino satisfaction.

4: Layer And Go Jumper

Until the climate well and truly reaches double digits an extra layer is vital. Relaxed enough to create room when layering over a shirt, yet fitted enough to stay slim and neat over a tee, this genius closet failsafe is polished and toasty in one fell swoop. What’s more, both bright blue and French navy hues have the power to battle any late May frosts with equal impact. Bonus.

5: Shower Fighting Lightweight Jacket

The odd rogue shower – however short lived – is easily avoided this season. Step forward, the Salterton Waterproof Jacket. Standing out from the crowd with its flattering marine navy finish, cool contrasting white zipper, and neat, cosy chambray hood lining, fight the rain over your office suit jacket, pack it up in your rucksack for weekend exploring and throw it on with weekend jeans and shirt combos. Outerwear with style and longevity.

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