So Summer is finally upon us, hot weather, blue skies, ice cream and beer gardens - barbecue weather! I haven't really been showing much skin off lately and all my previous posts really go all out in layers, so I thought I'd show you a more simplified summer look, accompanied by a couple of my own summer essentials to wear in the heat.
The first thing you might notice is that I'm actually wearing shorts for once! Yep it's happened, the day has finally come where I officially gave in. It just got too hot, but let's just say, after a good few years of only sticking to jeans and pants, the cool breeze on my shins and occasional updraft is a welcome reminder of what the summer's about. I had an upcoming trip to Croatia which brought about the extreme necessity to own more than one pair of shorts and so I figured, why not just invest in a really solid pair that you will love forever?
So here's where I found these Edwin Labour shorts. For those who've been following my wishlist page you'll have noticed two pairs of Edwin Labour pants on there, these are pretty much the equivalent just without that full leg. They have a kind of tapered loose fit, which compliments my skinny legs perfectly, and deep pockets which really bring out that workwear aesthetic and hold almost anything, they fall around knee level which is ideal for my style (considering the current fashion trend of having shorts so tight and high you might as well be walking round in your boxers). They're also constructed out of this really lovely light ripstop material giving you that kind of heavy duty wear without the weight of canvas. I normally stick to Carhartt when it comes to my lower half, but Edwin have really caught my eye this season and with styles like this I can feel I'll be shopping with them much more. All in all, these have been my go to since I bought them and I've been searching for outfits to base around them.
The next is this striped Muji tee. I've really been getting into my stripes recently, I've never normally thought that I suit stripes but something really subtle like this tee just breaks up an outfit and adds a little more complexity into the whole thing. Muji is really great for buying the essentials, much like Uniqlo they manage to give you that real quality without charging a premium. This tee is 100% cotton and honestly just feels like a cloud, after days of wearing heavy duty, thick skate tees the breathability I get from this Muji tee is unlike anything else in my wardrobe at the moment. I bought it in an XL to keep that loose fit, also I've found the Japanese sizing tends to come up small in comparison to the UK so always bear that in mind when you buy from the Japanese companies! (Unfortunately Muji doesn't have a huge fashion selection online so I can't link this for you, but pop into any store and they'll have loads!)
As for shoes I'm sticking to my guns with Converse. I've always gone for hightop because I really enjoy the way they look with a pair of rolled up pants, but for the summer sun I went for these lows. They are the 1970's Low Insignia Blue Garnet, essentially this kind of really dark navy with a denim look (they might as well be black). I actually found them in the Offspring sale for around £35 which considering they're the 1970's style (which generally retail around £50-£70) is a bargain! I love the way they look on my feet and the denim canvas makes them look more worn than they are. Also the red racing stripe around the gum gives them that really classic look and makes them pop on foot with almost any outfit.
As for my timepiece I'm wearing the new Timex Fairfield Chronograph. When I got the opportunity to try this one out after my last Timex (the Waterbury) I simply leapt at the option to style it and try it. The Chronograph I must admit is a whole lot more complicated than I expected! Generally speaking, so many chronograph watches exist on the market at the moment mainly because of how having 3 more dials inside the actual clock face makes the watch seem more technical and complex. And many of us, including myself, had no idea what they do or mean. However after some quick research including a read of the Timex Chronograph user manual (which can be found online, super helpful!) I gained a brief understanding of how chronograph watches came about and were used, although I won't lecture you on that right now...
What I love about this particular watch is how Timex have still captured that minimal, classic timeless feel into such a complex timepiece. The white face with silver hands and exterior just scream minimal elegance, and whilst something like gold boasts wealth this piece kind of hides it in plain sight, having that very sophisticated look about it, but accompanied by the canvas strap with white stripe, brings a more casual approach to your outfit. I must admit that this piece has not left my wrist for the past week that I've had it.
Paired up with these outfits the watch just adds that finishing touch in rounding off the whole look and feel. The tonal blue the Timex has used works with all colours so whatever the outfit you can always throw on the watch and trust it to look good. Another note I'd like to mention is the fact that the strap is (surprisingly easily) interchangeable, so that means you can switch up the colour and style of your strap as quickly as your changes in taste. What's not to love?
Speaking of accessories, I've delved into the world of caps. Which is a tricky one I might add. There are multiple styles of cap in circulation at the moment, from 5 panel, baseball, constructed and unconstructed caps, choosing the right one for you is simply just a game of trial and error, and trust me, be patient. It's taken me a good two years to grow into a style (and hairstyle) that suit a cap and now, I just can't keep them off my head.
Here I am styling this Wood Wood Low Profile cap in a kind of nude / beige. It's old season but with my current colour palette, fits in just nicely. With it's unconstructed style and curved peak it's easily packable into any bag for safe travel and whipped out when needed. Because of my dark skin and black hair this cap really pops with any outfit and thankfully, doesn't clash with my skin tone. I've matched this with my Dickies over shirt, which I'm sure you're all too familiar with by now. Having these two staples in your wardrobe can really help especially if you're not too into wearing colours just yet. The pale greens, blues and creams can all blend into a haze of grey, whilst each serving their own merit.
If you're finding it a bit too chilly to brave the outdoors wearing shorts then I'd highly recommend that dark pair of denim you've got hung in your wardrobe. Again tonally you'll be covered for the navy section and rolled up with some white socks and those low Converse you've got yourself that real classic hipster look that you, and me just can't get enough of.
I've gone for my A.P.C denim in this look, the wide leg totally compliments the relaxed fit of the tee giving off this kind of chilled out, effortless, workwear vibe that I oh so love. Matched with that Muji tee as well the stripes just add a little more depth than your classic white tee and blue jeans kind of look. Styled much more for the modern city gent.
Below I've curated a small section of pieces both featured in this post and similar, so if you fancy adopting this summer style, you can pick up the pieces right here!