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Four of summer's most wearable trends

Four of summer's most wearable trends

Much like the warm-weather season, many fashion trends are over before you’re able to fully enjoy them. But there are always a few that surface each season that endure, which is great news for those who want to invest in style-forward pieces that will be in their wardrobe rotation for more than a season. And now as lockdown is easing, and we’re able to enjoy time outside with others, there’s no better time to embrace them. We’ve enlisted the expertise of our stylist Millie Rich to break down the top summer styles that you’ll want to be seen in this season, and beyond.

Photographed: Norse Projects Ruben Rugby Shirt ($94)

1. Rugby shirts

The preppy style is back, but with modern twists. From oversized Oxfords, to loafers, to sporty rugby shirts, this is a summer trend to get on board with. “Rugby shirts are an easy, wearable option that can be thrown on with almost anything for an effortlessly stylish look,” stylist Millie Rich says. The contrast collar frames the face, and it’s versatility makes it a winning wardrobe must-have. “The great thing about a rugby shirt is that you can wear it with shorts and hiking boots for a country walk, but also with tailored trousers and loafers for smarter occasions,” Millie says. 

To pull it off, take inspiration from style icons rather than rugby players, who wear it for function rather than fashion. David Hockney is a great example. He channels a relaxed vibe by pairing his open-buttoned rugby shirt with wide trousers and casual trainers like Vans. Or for a smarter take, channel Mick Jagger, who famously layered his rugby shirt under a black wool blazer. If you want to keep the look low key, this plan rugby shirt by Norse Projects is the perfect modern take on a sporty classic.

2. Open collar shirts

As the name suggests, open-collar shirts have no top button, and therefore no restrictive starched fold on the neckline, which makes them a great option for warmer weather. They look great when layered, as the open collar shows off whatever you’re wearing underneath, and they come in a wide variety of materials and patterns to suit your personal style, like this striped shirt from Reiss.

For the body-conscious, the open-collar shirt is a flattering choice as the collar can broaden the upper body, but the loose fit and neckline create a great silhouette when worn over a plain t-shirt, which looks good on all body types. “Open-collar shirts are a great alternative to smart shirts for summer weddings as they still look fab with a suit,” Millie says. “For Italian Rivera vibes, take inspiration from Dickie Greenleaf in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’, who pulled off the look to a tee with flat-front chinos and loafers.”

Photographed: Carhartt WIP Aviation Short ($132)

3. Cargo shorts

If you’re into the utilitarian trend, cargo shorts are a great way to carry the look into your summer wardrobe. They’re a great alternative to the ubiquitous chino shorts that are popular for men this season, and they look great combined with casual pieces like a plain t-shirt or sweatshirt. “Cargo shorts naturally sit longer in the leg, but should always fall above the knee,” Mille says. “Anything below the knee will make you appear shorter.” 

Stick to traditional colours like khaki, navy, and black, like these from Bleu de Paname, and let the pockets do the talking. “These features can emphasise your shape and make areas look bigger,” Millie says, “So be sure to choose the right pocket style for you.” Go larger if you want to add weight, or smaller if you want to look slimmer. Either way, embrace the true, pocketed style of cargo shorts – just don’t over-stuff them so they look bulky.

Photographed: Birkenstock Arizona EVA ($49)

4. Practical sandals 

“It’s true that sandals like Birkenstocks probably won’t suit your everyday summer wardrobe as well as trusty trainers do, but they serve their purpose in warm weather, and are especially great for holidays,” Millie says. They’re comfy, they will stop your feet from overheating, and they are a great way to bring the outdoors trend into your summer looks. 

“These black sandals by Camper are a great crossover into warm-weather dressing for anyone who was into the hiking look this spring,” Millie says. Style your sandals with shorts or turned-up chinos, and never with socks – unless you’re making a bold style statement. “And remember, there’s nothing wrong with getting a pedicure!” Millie says.


Words: Ella White
Styling: Millie Rich