5 Outfits To Upgrade Your Summer Look

Put the shorts and t-shirt away and be a little more ambitious with your personal style this year

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The trick to dressing well for summer is to reduce your warm weather wardrobe down to a few key outfits cut from cloths such as seersucker and silk, which will see you through the silly season and beyond. Here are five of the best.

1 | The Riviera Rover

Polo Ralph Lauren Spring Summer '16
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To get this look Ravello-ready you must first start off with a pair of high quality, fitted white jeans. They should be slim in the thigh, tapered at the calf and the cuff should kiss the tongue of your shoe. Actually scrap that, it should peck the tongue of your shoe – and even that's probably too passionate. 

Where you go from there is up to you, but I'd advise sticking to darker shades on the top. Don't go any duskier than teal or oatmeal in the shirt, and if you're planning to wear a blazer opt for something single breasted in superlight waffle cotton or silk in a deeper shade of aubergine or chocolate brown.

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Officine Generale, £175. mrporter.com

2 | Safari smarts

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer '16

One of this (and next) summer's essential purchases is a high quality belted field or classic safari jacket in suede, cotton or linen. To avoid looking like Jumanji's Van Pelt, buy yours in midnight blue or charcoal, ensure that it's cut close, and wear open as opposed to done up. Keep things neat and unfussy by pairing your jacket with a pair of turn up cotton shorts in a tonal shade and a light knit in a similar hue. A pair of canvas or suede espadrilles will finish things off nicely.

Hackett Mayfair Morris Jacket, £365, hackett.com

3 | Linen two-piece

Corneliani Spring Summer '16

A linen suit worn well has the potential to look less 'Man from Del Monte' and more 'Jay Gatsby from the Hamptons'. The key, with linen is to a) treat it properly when you're wearing it - take your jacket off when seated and keep your trousers as smooth as possible to avoid creases. B) Make sure that your suit's cut properly - linen needs a bit of extra room as it tends to stretch and you don't want knee marks, but the last thing you want is to look like is a windsock dipped in icing sugar. Take it to a tailor and get it cut to his specifications – keep some room in the thigh and get the calves tapered. It's fine to have a little extra room in the chest but ensure that the jacket is nipped at the waist to give you some shape. C) Accessorise your suit thoughtfully. An open-necked (crisp poplin, not linen) shirt and some leather Neapolitan loafers should do the trick.

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Club Monaco, £298.82

4 | Seersucker separates

Hardy Amies Spring Summer '16
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Puckered to encourage air movement across the skin, all-cotton seersucker is a warm weather essential. Though most commonly seen on the backs of rotund republicans in the heat of the Deep South summer, I would advise opting for a pair of slim cut seersucker trousers in a dark shade and a contrasting jacket in a neutral buff or taupe. The contrast in fabrics will prevent you from looking like a sweaty yum-yum.

Paul Smith Seersucker trousers, £270, paulsmith.co.uk

5 | The mod squad

COS Spring Summer '16

Sandals aren't just for gluten intolerants and countryside Christians. A good pair of sandals which show as much foot as they do upper will look great teamed with some slim silk or seersucker trousers (avoid shorts) and a slightly oversized granddad shirt in a light cotton or linen mix. A light pattern can work here, but don't go for anything 'jazzy', or you'll be humming Kumbaya before you know it.

Bottega sandals, £375, matchesfashion.com

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