Summer’s best statement pieces
What is summer if not the time to make a statement?
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When it comes to accessories the rule of thumb is usually that less is more. This is especially a good rule to follow for accessories in the summer when your outfits are even more pared-back.
Accessories in the summer aren’t just about looking good – although there is always a place for that – they’re also practical. The hat that keeps the sun off your head, the bag that stores that SPF (or extra layer) and the sunglasses that protect your eyes. These are the hats, bags and sunglasses we think you should consider for summer.
If you never leave home without your rucksack, you can still make that work for you in the summer, but instead of the darker tones go for something bright, like this rectangle orange rucksack from Pier One. If you don’t want to go really bright, try a more neutral tone or fabric, like this canvas style from Boden. It feels instantly more summery than the classic black leather style.
A tote bag is always useful – after all a lightweight canvas option can be tucked away in a pocket when you don’t need it. They’re also a low-impact way to have a little fun with pattern or colour, like with this summer scene from Sunspel or a bright aqua option. If summer accessories are about practical solutions, then you can’t overlook this tote from Patagonia that can be a tote or a backpack – ideal whether you’re going camping or only venturing as far as the local beer garden.
When it comes to hats for summer, you can’t go wrong with the wide-brimmed straw hat or Panama. The Panama hat (which actually originated from Equador) is a wide-brimmed straw hat that is probably one of the only appropriate hats for a man to wear with a suit to a summer wedding.
The other essential summer hat is no longer just the preserve of the ball game. The baseball cap is now popular all year – even popping up in more casual office environments – and it’s no surprise because there are so many styles available. For the summer, avoid black if you can it will only make your head hotter, go for neutral shades like khaki or navy. You can even go for a style with a logo or pattern, like this Maison Kitsuné fox emblem cap.
We acknowledge that the humble bucket hat is not for everyone. And if it’s not your style no problem, but if you’re tempted, then summer 2019 is a great time to try it out. The 90s are back and, if you remember them the first time, you’ll know bucket hats were very much in style then (thank you, Gallagher brothers). How you wear yours now doesn’t have to nod back to 90s Britpop. Modern styles cover everything from a fisherman friendly navy to bold and bright patterns – perfect for a festival.
Admittedly sunglasses never really go out of style, so the ones you’ve been wearing on those occasional bright and sunny winter days will probably still be great. But, if you want a summer refresh (and why shouldn’t you?) then these are things to consider. Decide if you’re a will-wear-these-forever type of guy or happy to switch things up. Then find a style to suit you.
If you know what you like (and like what you know) then stick to the classics like Ray Ban’s Wayfarer’s, which have been stylish for decades. Or the ever flattering Aviator (not just for fans of Top Gun). If you want something for right now, then clear frames, likethese round ones from Reiss, tick the box, or geometric shapes, like these from River Island, won't steer you far wrong. Now just wait for the sun to shine.
Words: Nadia Balame-Price
Photography: Jon Cardwell
Styling: Alexander McCalla
Styling assistant: Toby Standing
From wayfarers to clear frames, these are the styles you need to know this summer