Feeling blue? Us too. And we have been for some weeks now. Turns out that unlocking the lockdown wasn’t as simple as we thought it was going to be.
But, though we may not be kicking back on a Caribbean beach — Piña Colada in one hand and the latest issue of Gentleman’s Journal in the other — there’s still a fairly good summer blazing away in Britain. So take your mind off things with this week’s Editor’s Picks — in which we suggest some of our favourite warm weather threads and combat any blue feelings by reclaiming the colour ourselves.
Kick it: Car Shoe Canvas Sneakers
Let’s kick off with some kicks. And Car Shoe’s ‘Supernova’ sneakers are as superior as their name suggests. Unlined, brightly blue and stepping out on a light rubber sole, these are the ideal trainers for late summer — and will walk you confidently and comfortably into the seasons to come.
Car Shoe Canvas Sneakers
Place in the sun: Sunspel Dyed Cotton Piqué Polo Shirt
Here’s a fun fact: Sunspel’s natural indigo-dyed cotton — the fabulous fabric the brand uses to create this neatly-tailored, softly-collared piqué polo — is created using a process so unique that not one of these shirts will ever look the same. Ready-washed for a worn-in look, this has laidback style in spades.
Sunspel Dyed Cotton Piqué Polo Shirt
Dive in: Love Brand & Co Staniel Swim Shorts
You can always rely on Love Brand & Co to stand up for the environment. With these Staniel swim shorts, the mission was no different. Over half of the soft mesh-lined, chlorine-tested, quick-drying material is sustainably sourced or recycled — and that pretty blue hue with a hint of lavender is just a bonus.
Love Brand Staniel Swim Shorts
Road trip: Aurelien Ultramarine Suede Driving Shoes
You know what Elvis said about blue suede shoes — and, if they’re good enough for the King, they’re good enough for you. Especially if they’re Aurelien’s timeless driving loafers. Crafted from extremely soft leather, and sporting both a calf lining and a padded insole, these are a fashion-meets-function treat wrapped up in a rubber pebble sole.
Aurelien Ultramarine Suede Driving Shoes
Point and click: Leica Q2 Camera
Leica’s indomitable Q2 is a cut above. Taking its predecessor’s technical features and ramping them up a notch, this snapper has a 47.3 megapixel, full-frame sensor, incorporates the brand’s newly developed Maestro processor and even supports 4K video resolution. One to take on your next holiday.
Leica Q2 Camera
Button it: Beaufort & Blake Borthwood Shirt
All of our farther-flung holidays may have been cancelled, but there’s no reason we still can’t dress for the tropics at home. Beaufort & Blake know the importance of a good warm weather fit — and this Borthwood linen shirt has it all; contrast stitching, a button-down collar and even a natty seahorse print lining.
Beaufort & Blake Borthwood Shirt
Drop in the ocean: Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42
The perfect partner for adventure. And yes, we know that any expeditions or explorations are pretty few and far between at the moment — but the minute the world re-opens, we’ll be grabbing our passports and buckling up this tribute to Breitling’s iconic 1957 model; complete with scratchproof ceramic bezel, 200 metre water resistance and steel and gold case.
Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42
Short supply: Asket Dark Navy Shorts
Simple, understated — but endlessly sophisticated — these well-cut, cut-back shorts from Scandi minimalists Asket are the best cornerstone of a summer capsule wardrobe you could wish for. Woven from a soft but crisp 100% organic cotton twill, they feature a clean waistband, slanted front pockets and end just above the knee.
Asket Dark Navy Shorts
Slip-on: Edward Green Polperro Loafers
The pièce de résistance of your travel wardrobe, these innovative, unassuming loafers from Edward Green have flexible leather soles, meaning you can actually bend them to stash them in your carry-on. It’s the equivalent of always carrying a simple navy tie — because you never know when the evening might take a formal turn.
Edward Green Polperro Loafers