Ahhhh, summer! Looking out of the window today as Storm Simon gusts in to the UK bringing a disappointing sense of spring, all thoughts are swiftly turning to the Easter break next month. With the break swiftly followed by the May Day Bank Holiday, a few savvy travellers have noticed that by spending a minimal amount of their work’s annual leave allowance, they can maximise time way from the office. How do I know this? Because I’m doing this to head to Japan, Thailand, South Korea and Dubai over a mammoth 18 days!
So wherever you are off to, this holiday or into the summer, I’ve selected 10 of the best new pieces to take away with you for your holiday, from a selection of designers from Mainline Menswear. Without a little careful planning or consideration, putting together a capsule collection of pieces to take you from beach to bar, day to night is as much fun as visiting the dentist for a root canal.
What’s great about Mainline Menswear is they are a leading UK based menswear retailer, stocking 85 designer brands with some of the most exclusive ranges including Armani, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. New products are added daily from some of the world’s most iconic brands – with an extensive selection from Hugo Boss, Armani Exchange and Polo Ralph Lauren – and they are now offering these exclusive products and styles to worldwide customers via their brands new website.
Hugo Boss has had a recent renaissance, shifting away from smart casual pieces to more urban shapes and designs with their HUGO line. Graphic Camo remains one of the hottest prints for SS19 and there’s no better place than to share your style credentials than by the pool. Looking for something simple but really says ‘summer has arrived’? Consider this marine blue and white striped tee.
Hugo Durned T4 Tee; £55
Hugo Camouflage Swim Shorts; £65
Sticking with the graphic print trend, Armani Exchange – the diffusion line from Giorgio Armani – nails it with this monochrome shirt, which is ideal to wear for a pool or beach party or for a night out. Equally as playful is the blanked out logo tee – nodding to the logomania resurgence without shouting too loudly about where your tee is from.
Armani Exchange Crew Neck Logo Tee; £46
Armani Exchange Grey Shirt; £90
Since 2017, pool slides have become the only casual, comfort footwear for a holiday – worn with or without socks on the plane; teamed with shorts and a vest for a casual day exploring or dressed up with something a little smarter. My choice? Go with these Polo Ralph Lauren ones – I already own a pair and they are unbelievably comfortable. On the other end of the style spectrum, if you are looking for one smart piece for an extra special evening, this classic shirt in a more summery blue shade – complete with the famous pony logo – is the only item worth considering.
Ralph Lauren Long Sleeved Stripe Shirt: £95
Ralph Lauren Rodwell Sliders; £40
Do you go fugly dad sneaker, tapping into the phenomenon that began life on the catwalk or do you go clean, classic and versatile that started on the football pitch? The Adidas selection at Mainline Menswear means you can choose your own style but here’s my pick for either trend.
Adidas Originals Yung 1 Trainer; £90
Adidas Originas Gazelle Trainers; £70
Les Deux is a brand I am obsessed with as the quality is fantastic, the designs contemporary without being trend specific and the price points are very pocket friendly. A short sleeved polo shirt that has hints of rugby woven into its design is a great piece for covering up from the summer rays, whilst the retro gym sweat in grey marl is perfect for chilly evenings.
Les Deux Rivierre Polo; £70
Les Deux Encore Sweat; £85
This post is in collaboration with Mainline Menswear.