Thinking about Summer Fabrics
With the recent soar in temperatures, it’s time to start thinking about summer fabrics – if you haven’t already. So, put away all those winter weights and woollen jumpers in favour of materials and fashionable shirting styles better suited to summer.
The white shirt
The white shirt is a staple all-year-round but is perfect come summer. While some might consider it rather basic, it’s the simplicity of this shirt that makes it ideal for your summer wardrobe. Wear with a suit, team with chinos, and pair with canvas shorts. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the crisp, light, and bright white shirt.
We recommend: Windsor Plain White
One of the crucial requirements of summer shirting is to switch up the texture. Opt for lightweight materials instead of heavier fabrics and feel cool and fresh no matter what the weather. Poplins are generally lightweight and are ideal for hot summer getaways or the sunny British weather; or for a more laid-back look, why not opt for bamboo shirting or linen fabrics?
We recommend: Windsor WA Sky, Linen Plain White, Barbados Plain Powder
Key colours for summer fabrics
The catwalks saw a number of great colours make a comeback this summer. Military green, navy, and grey were all huge hits – even though you may not usually associate these colours with summer. The key to wearing these hot shades is to combine them with plenty of texture. Opt for different materials, subtle patterns, and even combine different shades of the same colour.
We recommend: Linen Plain Navy, Keswick NB Grey, Zephyr plain Sage Green
Learn to layer
Layering isn’t only handy for the winter months, it’s also a great idea come summer – especially when you consider our unpredictable weather! As denim featured heavily on the 2016 catwalks, why not try teaming your favourite white shirt with a denim jacket this summer? You could also opt for one of our trendy plaid fabrics, which also works well with denim, or pair an unbuttoned denim shirt with a t-shirt.
We recommend: Cambridge Plain White, Tartan Gordon
Embrace the pattern
If you’re brave enough to wear a patterned shirt, summer 2016 is the year to wear it. One trend that emerged on the spring/summer 2016 catwalk was pattern, in just about any style and colour. So, why not pick your favourite from our patterned fabrics and let the print speak for itself?
We recommend: Devonshire 01 Cherry, Hampton 402 Wine, Hampton 302 Blue