Friday, 20 July 2018

British Cool: UK-made Menswear for the Heatwave

In the hottest heatwave since the late seventies here in the UK it can be difficult to find something a little more stylish to wear than a t-shirt and shorts. I thought I'd suggest a UK-made outfit that will bring British cool to your summer wardrobe.

Don't forget the sunglasses; nothing makes you cooler. Kirk Originals are made in England in many styles and at two main price points. My favourites are these tortoiseshell Harveys:

Kirk Originals Harvey sunglasses £425

I love linen's crumpled look. While not popular with some, its relaxed look is perfect for the hotter days of summer and its loose weave helps you lose heat and stay cool (Flax London shirt and Sirplus trousers below). Otherwise the cotton of the Private White V.C. Desert jacket and the Sirplus shorts will keep the temperature in check. Crockett & Jones's loafers are of lightweight unlined suede and the Panama hat from Laird Hatters will keep the sun off. A trouser/shorts option is added for those with strong preferences either way.

I've selected a variety of co-ordinating colours that won't make you look too tropical/military or like Indiana Jones in all shades of khaki (although that can be a good look too). 

Hat from Laird Hatters Alfred Panama £155
Private White V.C. Desert Jacket in warm sky £279
Short sleeved shirt from Flax London £95
All made in the UK

Sirplus oatmeal linen trousers and shorts £145 and £75
Crockett & Jones Teign unlined suede loafer in dark brown or navy £340
All made in the UK

Note: This is an unsponsored post and the only product I've tried is the Panama hat, although all are from suppliers I know. If you purchase any of these items, please mention Grey Fox Blog.


Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Terrific sunglasses (and other items)! I remember a particularly hot summer in the U.K. during the mid-70s ('75 or '76?), and the BBC World Service reporting on the ungodly temperatures on the courts during Wimbledon. My maternal grandmother was visiting family in the UK outside London for a couple of months that year, and provided regular telephone updates on the heat via sometimes very scratchy transatlantic calls.

Best Regards,

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke

grey fox said...

Hello H-U - was that '76? I recall that one well.


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