This summer, a trio of familiar men’s wardrobe items are back, albeit with an updated twist. Baseball shirts are reinvented in luxurious fresh fabrics, bomber jackets return in vibrant and eye-catching prints and the once-ubiquitous cargo pants are making huge strides in their fashion repatriation. They’re simple, well-loved styles and you’ll be seeing a lot more of all three in the coming months. Here’s what to wear with each for maximum impact.
Blue chambray jacket, £380, by Oliver Spencer. Blue linen shirt, £225, by Burberry London. White linen T-shirt, £160, by Richard James. Green cargo pants, £435, by Gant by Michael Bastian. Brown desert boots, £285, by Paul Smith
Formerly associated with Nineties dance-popettes All Saints and trucker-capped boy band East 17, trousers with patch pockets on the legs have returned from fashion purgatory. Dries Van Noten and Yohji Yamamoto have cut theirs big and baggy in parachute silk and billowing cotton, but you should wear them simply as you would jeans — slim-cut, understated and in muted shades. Think Indiana Jones meets Steve McQueen. Find them at Ami and Gant by Michael Bastian.
BELOW: Yamamoto SS'13 and Dries Van Noten SS'13. From the 90s, East 17's Brian Harvey who sang "It's Alright". It really wasn't.
White pique collarless shirt, £165, by Spencer Hart. Wool-crepe trousers, £310, by Wooyoungmi. Camel Saffiano travel bag, £1,230, by Prada. Brown Gommino driving shoes, £255, by Tod's.
Not the three-quarter sleeve crew-neck training kind, rather the baggy button-up V-necks worn by baseball players on the field, tucked into britches. Alexander Wang and Jil Sander, among others, have produced bilious takes on the style. The key to rocking one, however, is to choose a plain colour and a slim cut. Spencer Hart’s version (right) is super-breathable and it looks great under a light linen jacket.
BELOW: Alexander Wang SS'13 and Jil Sander SS'13. And Charlie Sheen, 'winning' at baseball.
PRINTED BOMBER JACKETS
Textured print bomber jacket, £820, by Dolce & Gabbana. Navy cotton T-shirt, £80, by Jil Sander at Mr Porter. White chinos, £284, by Richard Nicholl. Tortoiseshell and metal frame glasses, £355, by Bottega Veneta
The bomber trend has been gaining momentum for a while and this summer it’s all about pattern. The super-bright versions produced by the likes of Jonathan Saunders, Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli won’t work for everyone, but there are also simpler takes on the trend. Wear with tailored shorts, a linen T-shirt and a sun-bleached side sweep.
BELOW: Balenciaga SS'13, Jonathan Saunders SS'13 and Will Smith getting fresh in a Nineties bomber.