Chic Summer Heatwave Essentials

Summer hasn’t quite burst into life yet, but for some the holiday season is in full flow — albeit with some restrictions to abide by. If your wardrobe is pining for an array of stylish and beautifully crafted summer fundamentals, we have you covered.

East of the Spanish mainland lies the Balearic archipelago consisting of the four chief islands – Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. Largely dormant, due to the global lockdown for the last three months; Jeeps, discoloured from years of sand kickback, now whizz round the windy corners of Ibiza; often with full car loads of people heading to the beach. Last week retro shades of blue and green, ingrained in the many parasols across the islands beaches, were predominately in full use, which is a sign that your summer vacation plans are very much possible depending on your choice of territory. Admittedly, Bournemouth beach was packed to the rafters a month ago, but the height of summer is about to arrive and if your holiday intentions have been passed, it requires a late overhaul of summer fundamentals to your potentially threadbare wardrobe.

In an overly saturated market, it can be tricky to pick out the polo-shirts that have been made by skilled custodians of ancient knitting traditions. The polo-shirt now comes in a myriad of subtle guises, but what’s so fascinating about a supposedly simple garment is that when you get up close and feel the distinct and subtle intricacies imbued in the design, it caps off the entire outfit. Luckily on The Rake.com there is only polo-shirts encompassing the type of handwork, that separates the great from the ordinary. It is the archetypal summer essential, but there is nothing quotidian about Yuri and Yuri’s navy Japanese serie long sleeve polo. Handknitted from patented Japanese serie, it feels lightweight and has silky lustre and yet is surprisingly robust. Adorned with the finer details such as mother-of-pearl buttons and a 3-inch collar stand, it fits close to the body, accentuating the features of your upper half. It does look particularly delightful tucked into a trouser that comprises a higher than usual waist such as Anderson & Sheppard’s single pleated linen latte trousers.

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Hugo Curran

Published

July 2020

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