The bespokesman - why summer preparation starts now

One of the very few hard and fast rules with bespoke clothes is that they should be ordered at the time you need them least. However, I invariably flout this rule, which is why last summer I took delivery of a lightweight blazer just as summer ended, and the year before I received a three-piece suit in heavyweight Saxony cloth just as spring turned to summer. My tailor is currently racing against time to finish a three-piece double-breasted suit made from thick vintage flannel before the end of the cold snap, but experience tells me he’s unlikely to succeed.

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For men who are able to do as I say, rather than as I do, here’s a list of seven suggestions for their summer wardrobe:

1 Casual trousers in a substantial yellowy cotton, which will be the best fitting and best looking chinos you’ve ever owned.

2 A lightweight patch-pocket single-breasted blazer in shade of blue just lighter than navy, which will take you from the office to the Riviera and will look good in both places.

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3 Smart loose-cut formal trousers in heavy cream-coloured linen, to wear with the blazer, or just with an open-necked shirt for lunch.

4 A four-button double-breasted suit in a breathable navy Prince of Wales cloth, like a fresco. Admittedly too warm for the hottest days, it will be superbly elegant for the office, or evenings in town.

5 A not-for-the-office suit for weddings and parties made in a vibrant, but wearable, blue from the Finmeresco book from Smiths, the estimable London cloth merchant.

6 A few lido collar shirts made in defiantly summery colours in thick and tightly woven linen, to wear for long lunches of sea food and Ott rosé by the sea.

7 A pair of correspondent slip-ons, in tan leather and cream linen, to be worn with the cream linen trousers; these are unashamedly inspired by the Duke of Windsor.

The shoe we feature is a Piccadilly by Edward Green, £585, www.edwardgreen.com