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Our stylists’ summer essentials

Our stylists’ summer essentials

Photographed (l-r, top-bottom): Universal Works Short Sleeve Road Shirt (£89)Wax London Lind Sweatshirt Burnt Orange (£80)Comme des Garçons Play Little Red Heart Long Sleeve Stripe Tee (£90)Birkenstock Arizona sandals (£59)Albam Rail Jacket (£169)Sun Buddies Bibi Sunglasses (£115); Converse Chuck Taylor 1970s (£75)Natural Selection Narrow Jeans in Selvedge Arctic (£160)

When you’re wearing fewer clothes, those clothes have to do more work. Which is what makes summer style such a challenge. Fortunately, nailing it needn’t mean a wardrobe overhaul (that less is more thing cuts both ways); a few well-placed additions can reinvigorate everything you pair them with. So we tapped our in-house experts – the Thread stylists – for their summer must-haves.

Freddie Kemp

“Don’t ditch your jeans in the summer instead try a lighter wash and build your summer style around them. This pair from Natural Selection has a nostalgic, feel-good vibe that feels better suited to a summer colour palette. I’d also recommend a canvas jacket that’s lightweight, but still sturdy enough to be practical. Albam’s version is really versatile, because it looks great dressed up over a shirt and chinos or with shorts and a t-shirt.”

Millie Rich

“Summer is the best time play around with colour and prints, but remember the importance of balance. A geometric print, like this shirt from Universal Works, pairs best with low-key pieces. Try it with neutral or plain colours, or wear it open with a plain crew neck t-shirt underneath to break up the pattern.”

Luke McDonald

“Bretons are the classic summer choice for someone who doesn't want to fully embrace bright t-shirts.The original is in white with blue stripes but if you want to mix it up, then get one like this mustard style from Comme des Garçons, which is a bit more playful. I’m also a big sandal fan, particularly Birkenstocks. They’re legendary for their solidity and comfort. The classic Arizona will keep your feet both cool and supported, perfect for someone with a more relaxed style.”

Alexander McCalla

“If sandals aren’t your vibe, swap your heavier trainers for Converse. They’re lightweight, breathable and easy to run around town in. I’m particularly into hi-tops, which work really well with shorts. I also think summer’s the perfect time to embrace colour and a bright sweater is a nice step in that direction. This Wax London jumper is easy to throw on and take off, so you don't have to worry too much about whether you're making a bold statement.”

Toby Standing

“Summer and sunglasses go hand in hand, so it’s worth taking the time to find a pair that works for you and investing in them. This pair by Sun Buddies works for pretty much any face shape and is really well-built, which is important when you’re going to be wearing them on and off for months.”


Words: Nadia Balame-Price