For the more formally inclined – casual dress isn’t as straight forward as you’d think. The idea that those who know the ins and outs of a Milanese button hole, or the benefits of a higher gorge on a double-breasted jacket, might understandably come unstuck when trying to navigate a T-shirt. I can recite entire sonnets of Shakespeare but I wouldn’t be able to reel off many Stormzy lyrics.
I jest to an extent, as casual wear is an important aspect of any man’s wardrobe and in this the season of rested merry gentlemen, the onus is on softer fabrics and structure. This list imagines you in festive, postprandial repose on the sofa, milking the time off as best you can. Bear in mind that personal flourishes should never be ignored in casual wear. If you are known for wearing a pocket watch, a boutonniere, a touch of flamboyance, keep that, don’t edit yourself for the sake of leisureliness. Clothing is still meant to reflect you, so move it to you, don’t move yourself to it.
This is an essential item. The cardigan is King of the casual canon as far as I am concerned and should be the first thing to invest in. Ralph Lauren, who play with the dressing gown aesthetic, lengthening it past the bottom of the seat and including a belt in the mix. The second is Connolly, who have come out with a few iterations of the ‘beach cardigan’.