Summer trends come and summer trends go, but one that sticks around season after season is pastel shades. Easy to wear and providing a much welcome alternative to dark winter hues, we’re reaching for light blues, washed pinks and faded violets to add a touch of colour to our wardrobe. To celebrate the mercurial arrival of the sun, we took some of our top pastel picks down to Hove’s famous beach huts for a washed out editorial.
A particular standout piece for us this season has to be the Osvald Check Shirt from masters of Danish minimalism, Norse Projects. Cut from 100% brushed cotton, it comes in a subtle light blue check pattern throughout. Despite formal features such as the button down collar and open chest pocket it still manages to retain a relaxed feel, a style that Norse have made their own over the years. Sticking with the check, we’re also big fans of the 19th Century BD Shirt from New York’s Engineered Garments. Cut in the Garment District of downtown Manhattan, its subdued selection of colours make the perfect match for a summer’s day.
The humble tee is perhaps the most quintessential summer item. In store we have a strong selection from the likes Folk and visvim, but some of the pastel hued highlights are from British labels YMC and MHL by Margaret Howell. Both the Wild Ones and Matelot offer a great alternative to dominating colours such as navy and black and work great with a range of outfits. For something a bit bolder, try the Box L/S Tee from Our Legacy that comes in a lilac colourway.
As summer can be unpredictable, especially on the Brighton seafront, it’s always wise to bring a couple of layers in case the weather turns. A standout piece for us is the Brody Jacket from CMMN. Based around a Type III, the Swedish label have reinterpreted the workwear classic by kitting it out in pink and giving the body a boxier feel.
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Synonymous with quality, timeless clothing, Margaret Howell once again delivers contemporary classics with her latest MHL by Margaret Howell collection. Although there is a central focus on workwear (as there always is), nautical themes are prevalent and can be seen in the Naval Jersey Stripe Tee. Shown here in a dark green and ecru colourway, it has been cut from super soft jersey cotton with a bold Breton stripe pattern featuring throughout.
Another store favourite is the Workwear Shirt, which has been cut from crisp, lightweight poplin cotton. Coming in a charcoal colourway with a slight green hue, it has a generous fit in typical MHL style. Staying true to its workwear roots, it features two large flapped pockets on the chest, rugged construction throughout and a curved hem with high side vents. Completing matters are tonal buttons, wide placket and short collar.
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With the sun continuing to make more of appearance this year, we are back again with another look at some ideas for summer suiting. For the previous instalment of this series we took a look at the offerings from Universal Works and we are continuing the British theme with MHL By Margaret Howell.
Much like Universal Works, the offerings from Margaret Howell this season are fully rooted in simple and elegant items of British workwear. We think this approach works really well as all the formal details are present, such as notched lapels and a button fastened front, just in a more relaxed and comfortable package. Margaret has given her Work blazer a summer makeover and it is has been constructed from soft and light cotton. What we think works best though is the wonderful shape which has an unstructured cut but the fit still retains an air of smartness.
Plenty of workwear details are present such as the slim lapel, the two button fastening, the robust construction and pocket detailing on the left breast. Best of all, the jacket can easily be washed thanks to the lack of lining. This is a low maintenance jacket for people who just want to throw on a comfortable, good looking blazer.
The Work blazer also comes with matching trousers entitled the Slim chinos. Made from the same lightweight cotton and coming in a washed blue colourway, these make the perfect accompaniment to the Work blazer, offering a considered and practical pair of trousers. The slim tapered fit isn’t too extreme but enough to still retain a smart look that can be paired with anything from a pair of light tan brogues to some canvas trainers.
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