Don’t wait until the week before flying, or worse still a last minute dash around the airport shops, to stock up on summer sartorial essentials. Whether it’s a winter sun break in the glorious Caribbean or a quick hop down to the French Riviera, these 6 pieces will ensure you have all escapes to the sun sorted.
Sadly, when it comes to dressing on holiday, few nations have a reputation as bad as the Brits. Socks and sandals – guilty! Ridiculously baggy board shorts? Guilty. Flip-flops in the city? also guilty your honor. At Club 826 we would rather you were more ooh la la than OMG.
Do your bit to restore our battered sartorial reputation abroad this summer by investing in these six key holiday pieces that will get plenty of wear, whether in Greece or Glasgow. Restore your sartorial mojo be prepared for all summer adventures.
1 Classic Linen Blazer
Get this piece right and you will have in your repertoire an amazingly versatile piece which will take you from smart to casual and everything in between.
Wear with the sleeves rolled up and some dapper linen shorts and a linen knit t-shirt for a casual, yet elegant look to take you from a summer day picnic under the palm trees, an art gallery or drinks with friends. Keep the look casual by pairing with bright white sneakers or your favourite boat shoes.
For those wanting to achieve a smarter look, we keep the sleeves down and team with a classic linen shirt. Some tasseled loafers and a tan leather belt will mean you won’t look out of place having aperitifs on a super yacht.
2 Breton Tops & Classic Striped T-Shirts
Take your style tips from the French to avoid dressing like a cliché this summer. If peak Francophile is a beret, baguette and a comedy moustache, aim for a notch down on the scale to arrive at chic Riviera style.
Sure, Breton stripes in summer won’t win you any originality points but as far as summer wardrobe staples go, they’re pretty much idiot-proof in any country.
Teamed with white shorts or lightweight chinos, a Breton top can create a Riviera-inspired look even if you’re getting on the bus to work. It’s an easy piece to throw a blazer or linen bomber jacket over in the cooler evenings, or even a linen shirt during the day, there’s not much you can do to get this wrong.
3 Linen Shirt
Men, can you feel the allure you project when you are floating around the Mediterranean in your ever so cool linen shirt? It’s a style classic and will see you through any occasion. Again, a super versatile piece that prides itself on keeping its wearers sweat-free. A simple linen shirt is a summer wardrobe essential, the hero piece every man should include in his warm weather wardrobe. Stay cool whilst still look sharp in our Club 826 soft linen shirts. Sitting comfortably between tailored and relaxed, our Antigua lightweight linen shirts are chic, elegant with natural breathability and have the ability to take your from day to evening with effortless ease
Shot sleeve, long sleeve or even a grandad collar, all will work well and offer an effortless solution on what to wear this summer.
*Club 82 are introducing a short sleeve Cuban collar in linen twill for Release 2 and a grandad style collar for Release 3. You spoke, we listened.
As for what to wear down below, it’s a simple case of switching up the material and palette. On holiday you’re likely to go for trousers in white, beige and greys, so a summer palette of linen shirts in white, blues and pinks will see you though the summer.
4 White T-Shirt
The humble white T-shirt is a solid throw-on-and-go wardrobe staple in any time zone. But while it’s a piece that goes with arguably anything, anywhere, it does take on new meanings in sunnier climes.
Harness your inner Steve McQueen, who famously made holiday all-white look like an absolute no-brainer.
There are endless ways to wear a white T-shirt. Pop it under a classic linen blazer, throw a linen shirt over the top or break it up with a neutral cardigan or bomber over the top.
Whilst most t-shirt are made from traditional knitted jersey, why not opt for a knitted linen version? This is our favourite t-shirt in the Club 826 collection as it feels lighter than air, stops you from sweating, washes and wears brilliantly and is just that little bit more sophisticated and chic than its knitted jersey counterpart. Give it a go and thank us later. If a linen t-shirt is not your favourite t-shirt by the end of you holidays we’ll eat our Panama Hat!
5 Panama Hat
Given that a holiday in the sun is practically one of the only times you’re guaranteed to require a hat of sorts, you might as well make a conscious effort not to look like a prat while wearing one.
Swerve the obvious baseball cap and instead go for something that doesn’t scream package holiday. Think less Frank Gallagher and more Frank Sinatra, basically.
The perfect complement for a classic t-shirt, shirt and trouser outfit is a superfine Panama hat in a classic white.
One of those people who are eternally hat shy? Go for a smaller trilby style, which is perfect for adding a punchy accent to any outfit. Modern-day Rat Pack vibes sorted.
6 Polo Shirt
Few other menswear items have the same ability to be as much of a shapeshifter as the polo shirt.
Of course, when it has the collar popped or some hideous in-joke stamped on the back, it’s universally unappealing, but with the right details and wardrobe companions it can look classier than Eddie Redmayne at a country wedding.
Transport yourself to the glamorous Riviera of the 50’s and 60’s to nail movie star cool in a linen knit polo shirt. An easy going classic with great versatility, you can’t go far wrong with a polo shirt in a soft knitted linen. Build your smart casual looks around classic polo shirt and wear with everything from turned up chinos to under a linen blazer. A comfortable, versatile and reliable addition to your summer wardrobe.