3 Outfits To Save Your Summer

After stomaching one too many summer style faux pas at Cannes, Teo van den Broeke picks three simple but elegant outfits perfect for the warm weather

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I visited Cannes this weekend for the opening parties of the film festival. Despite being delayed by the French air traffic controllers’ strike (France, the only country where going on strike is as compulsory as drinking wine at lunchtime or wearing Breton stripes), the trip went off without a glitch, unless of course you consider getting caught taking a photo of Julianne Moore’s bum (with the flash on) by her minder a glitch, which I most certainly don’t.

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The schedule of parties is astonishing. In 48 short hours we managed to squeeze in the Spandau Ballet bash (where a substantial Tony Hadley crooned to promote the band’s new documentary Soul Boys of the Western World), the brilliant Belvedere vodka dinner (where Rita Ora performed), the Vivienne Westwood and Pamela Anderson shindig and the Calvin Klein party of Moore-gate fame, to name but a few. Who needs a liver, eh?

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The first thing you notice about Cannes, or more specifically La Croisette - the main boulevard where the majority of the action takes place - is that it looks, well, really tired. Let’s just say that Cannes city council is lucky that the sun shines most of the time.

The second thing you notice is the way that people dress. Countless pillow faced ladies of indeterminable age parade down the street in ball gowns carrying little dogs, visibly praying that they’ll be papped. Elsewhere, Euro-Guidos wearing distressed boot cut jeans with dinner plate buckle belts postulate on the pavement, while yacht owners wearing surprisingly similar garb lounge on their vessels, looking a bit pissed off at being so rich.

In short, unless they’re celebrities (and even then), men dress remarkably badly in Cannes. Astonishing in a place where you really only ever need to wear a tux or a pair of swim shorts. I guess it’s to be expected, men the world over struggle to dress for the heat. While the majority of us tend to excel at throwing on a hefty monochrome coat, a pair of jeans and some boots in the winter months, come summer we loose all sense of what looks good.

From dog eared flip-flops teamed with the aforementioned boot cut jeans, a wife beater and some questionable toes; to too-tight T-shirts worn with sausage skin shorts shorts and fluorescent running shoes, the general vibe is one of complete cluelessness.

Herewith, whether you’re in Cannes or Camber Sands, three failsafe looks to see you through the summer unscathed.

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Your shorts this summer should sit an inch or three above the knee; feature a crease down the front; a turn-up if you’re feeling natty and you should buy yours in a soft summery shade. Team with darker hues and long sleeves for an elegant look.


A big trend this season, invest in some high quality chocolate leather sandals and team with minimal basics. The key here is to wear them with slim cut trousers, which looks surprisingly chic.

Refreshingly breathable and a great alternative to short sleeves on warm days, a good linen sweater is a summer essential. Keep yours simple in a darker shade.