This summer men have two relatively new looks to buy into that are easy transitions from what has gone on before and therefore not that scary: the cropped trouser and the aforementioned sleeveless T-shirt. (Sleevelessness is big news for men, as even relatively smart shirts get the arms-off treatment - this latter look is not one I recommend.)
All of these looks push menswear into a more casual sphere which is not altogether desirable as I think we are all getting rather sloppy in our apparel. I do long for a man in a crisply ironed shirt and polished Oxfords.
Clockwise from above
Black leather shoes (sizes 7-11), pounds 44.99, Office, 10 South Molton Street, London W1; 3 St Anns Place, Manchester (tel: 0181 838 4447). Charcoal hat (one size), pounds 60, YMC, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1. Cruise, 180-188 Ingram Street, Glasgow (tel: 0171 613 5293). Black nylon shoulder bag, pounds 25, Project A, available from Limehaus, 44 Bridal Smith Gate, Nottingham (tel: 01159 632268). White lace-up shoes
(sizes 35-46), pounds 95, Birkenstock, 37 Neil Street, London WC2 (tel: 0800 132194). Beige linen body bag, pounds 95, Diesel, 43 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2. 8-9 Lower Temple Street, Birmingham (tel: 0171 833 2255). Brown sandal (sizes 6-11), pounds 45, Ravel, 184-188 Oxford Street, London W1. Unit 1, 19 King Charles Walk, The Headrow Centre, Leeds (tel: 01458 444712). White inflatable watch, pounds 150, Airpro by Seiko, stockists nationwide (tel: 01628 770988).
Spot vest (sizes s-xl), pounds 5.99, H&M Hennes, 261-271 Regent Street, London W1. The Trafford Centre, Manchester (tel: 0171 255 2031). Blue tie-dye sleeveless top (sizes s-xl), pounds 26, Jigsaw, 27-29 Brook Street, London W1. 76-80 King Street, Manchester (tel: 0171 499 2521). Khaki vest (sizes s-xxl), pounds 12, Top Man, 214 Oxford Street, London W1. The Forte Shopping Centre, Birmingham (tel: 0171 291 2111). Blue spot sleeveless top (sizes m-xl), pounds 45, YMC, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1. Cruise, 180- 188 Ingram Street, Glasgow (tel: 0171 613 5293).
Stripy sleeveless shirt (sizes s-xl), pounds 46, Jigsaw (as before). Beige shirt (sizes s-xl), pounds 12.99, Rocky at H&M Hennes (as before). Beige v-neck shirt (sizes m-xl), pounds 40, French Connection, 249 Regent Street, London W1. 14-16 St Ann's Street. Manchester (tel: 0171 399 7200).
Stone cropped trousers (sizes 30-36), pounds 115, YMC, Selfridges (as before). Charcoal cropped trouser (sizes 28-38), pounds 28, Top Man (as before). Beige cropped jean (sizes 28-36), pounds 45, French Connection (as before).
White linen drawstring trousers (sizes 32-38), pounds 35, Hyphen at Debenhams stores nationwide (tel: 0171 408 4444). Khaki drawstring trousers (sizes s-xl), pounds 75, Northsails, AV, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Hendon Way, London. Wade Smith, Glacier Building, Harrington Road, Liverpool (tel: 0161 799 1212). Grey cotton drawstring trousers (sizes s-xl), pounds 75, Limehaus, The Dispensary, 15 Newburgh Street, London W1. 44 Bridal Smith Gate, Nottingham (tel: 01159 632268).
White zip-up hooded jacket (sizes s-xl), pounds 120, the Edge, Jigsaw (as before). Pale grey jacket (sizes s- xl), pounds 40, Top Man (as before).Reuse content