What to wear this month: five statement menswear looks

Mhairi Mann

12 August 2021

Whether heading to a wedding or your nearest beer garden, make the most of the remaining sunshine with these transitional summer outfits

12 August 2021 | Mhairi Mann

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With the August heatwave reportedly still on the cards, style out the rest of summer with lightweight suiting, breezy shirts, sunglasses, sandals and that all-important piece of hardware.

For Friday night drinks

From left: Drawstring check wool-fresco trousers by Paul Smith, £325, matchesfashion.com; Goldsen gold-tone sunglasses by Oliver Peoples, £370, mrporter.com; Sunspel crew-neck cotton-jersey T-shirt, £75, matchesfashion.com; Recipe ring by Castro, £2,400, shop.doverstreetmarket.com; Flow Sarja trainers by Osklen, £128, farfetch.com

When it comes to fuss-free, stylish summer dressing, it's the little details that count: that perfect pair of sunglasses; a signature piece of jewellery; the accent on a drawstring cord. Crafted in Hatton Garden, Castro Smith's statement signet rings are renowned for their intricate engraving, featuring skulls, ships and mythical creatures. Another accessory label showcasing impressive goldsmithing this season is Oliver Peoples. Launched in 1987 as an under-the-radar boutique on Sunset Boulevard, the brand is known for its vintage-inspired sunglasses that pay homage to Hollywood icons. The Goldsen frames feature ornamental engraving on the bridge and arms, expertly crafted in Japan. Ground your look with a pair of sneakers by Osklen, a Brazillian label with admirable eco-conscious credentials. It was one of the first brands in Brazil to neutralise its carbon footprint and specialises in laidback comfortable classics, stocked exclusively in the UK at Farfetch. 

For warm weekends

From left: Campbell slim-fit chinos by Orlebar Brown, £75, orlebarbrown.com; Ami de Coeur T-shirt by AMI Paris, £80, farfetch.com; Day-Date 40 Oyster in white gold by Rolex, £31,450, harrods.com; Arizona soft footbed in oiled leather by Birkenstock, £85, birkenstock.com

Birkenstock was recently sold for an estimated €4bn (£3.5bn) to L Catterton, a private equity firm part-owned by LVMH. First launched in Germany in 1774, the sale cemented the sandal maker's new-found status as a fully-fledged fashion brand, as well as reflecting the ongoing and lucrative trend for casual wear. The classic Arizona design features a soft footbed that moulds to the wearer for maximum comfort and circulation. Style yours with Orlebar Brown, purveyor of tailored summer clothes for the beach and beyond. 

For a day at the beach

From left: Desmond & Dempsey Sansindo tiger-print linen shirt, £95, matchesfashion.co.uk; Huntsman x Jo Malone Whisky & Cedarwood cologne, 100ml, £130, jomalone.com; Bottega Veneta leather slides, £560, mrporter.com; Loro Piana slim-fit cotton and linen blend Bermuda shorts, £340, mrporter.com

When it comes to shoes and accessories, heritage brand Bottega Veneta can do no wrong. Its handwoven leather pieces have spawned countless imitations, while its chunky Chelsea boots are already being touted as the style for next season. Its understated leather sandals slip on effortlessly, for a look that is subtly luxurious. Elsewhere, Desmond and Dempsey's linen sleepshirts transcend the bedroom, adorned with prowling tigers and wafting palms in sorbet shades of peach and pistachio. Finish with a spritz of Jo Malone – the British perfumer boasts a collaborative line with Huntsman on Savile Row, featuring a dapper collection of quintessentially British scents for the modern gentleman.

For a summer wedding

From left: Suit Supply mid-grey Lazio suit, £379, suitsupply.com; Bulgari Octo Roma Watch 103083, £6,650.00, watchesofswitzerland.com; Gucci horsebit leather loafers, £540, mrporter.com

Weddings are back, but there is a noticeable dearth of contemporary suiting. Step forward Suit Supply, which stocks off-the-rack tailoring at reasonable prices, in lightweight cotton and silk linen. This month, you can also shop Bulgari watches at the new Watches of Switzerland Broadgate boutique, including super-slim Octo Finissimo styles for men.

For late-summer picnics

From left: APC logo-print hoodie, £155, farfetch.com; Ray-Ban Clubmaster acetate and gold-tone sunglasses, £155, mrporter.com, Reiss Henry shorts in airforce blue, £68, reiss.com; BOSS Driver moccasins in suede with cord trim, £269, hugoboss.com

Maximise your downtime with elevated jersey basics. During lockdown, Reiss expanded its leisurewear category, featuring super-soft shorts, joggers and hoodies, tailored for a flattering silhouette. These supple suede moccasins by BOSS are as comfortable as slippers, with a rubber-injected sole for a non-slip grip.

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