When it comes to summer dressing most men just throw on their favourite T-shirt and some loose trousers, and go. But for those needing new ideas here's a selection of lightweight, easy-to-wear clothes that are simple in shape, comfortable and interesting to look at, as well as being both sartorially and practically cool. Which is all we really want from our clothes, isn't it?

Top left: beige ripstock suit, pounds 284, by Burro, 19a Floral St, WC2 (enq: 0171 240 5120); beige cotton shirt, pounds 55, by Byrne, 28a Floral St, WC2 (enq: 0171 240 7220); black and beige contrast tie, pounds 32, by So, from The Library, 268 Brompton Rd, SW3, and Selfridges, Oxford St, W1 (enq: 0171 379 5313); brown stretch belt, pounds 10, by Otto Glanz for Burro, as before

Top right: ribbed cotton short-sleeve V-neck jumper, pounds 200, by Griffin, from Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, SW1 (enq: 0171 221 6418); black cotton straight-leg trousers, pounds 105, PS by Paul Smith, 43 Floral St, WC2 (enq: 0171 379 7133)

Far left: short-sleeve black-and-white stripe shirt, pounds 104; navy cotton trousers, pounds 101, both by So, as before; brown leather lace-up shoes, pounds 110, by Joe Casely- Hayford, from Liberty, Regent St , W1, and Duffer of St George, 29 Short's Gardens, WC2 (enq: 0171 240 3572)

Left: brown and cream fine-knit V-neck jumper, pounds 99.95, by D&G, from Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1 (enq: 0171 730 1234); brown wool stretch trousers, pounds 110, by Byrne, as before

Main picture: beige cotton V-neck jumper with narrow red stripe, pounds 95, PS by Paul Smith, as before; brown stretch trousers, as before