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6 superb smart casual style choices for summer

It’s become the go-to theme for nearly every occasion outside of a courthouse, but smart-casual can still be a tricky look to get absolutely right, especially during the summer months.

That’s why we’ve selected items to suit any smart-causal outing. So whether you’re standing at the helm, out on the terrace for dinner, or lounging at a garden party, you’ll be perfectly dressed and ready to mingle.

Lucky stripes — Turnbull & Asser

You can tell that Turnbull & Asser have been making shirts for over a century. Not just because they’ve earned a Royal Warrant in that time, but because the quality in every single detail only comes with true tailoring expertise. The fine blue and white stripes provide just the right amount of smart without becoming formal and the Oxford collar and one button cuffs bring a more casual finish. Tuck into a pair of ecru chinos for evening engagements or let it hang loose for afternoons by the pool.

Blue Multi Stripe Regular Fit Twill Shirt with T&A Collar and 3 Button Cuffs

Blue Multi Stripe Regular Fit Twill Shirt with T&A Collar and 3 Button Cuffs

£135

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Sublime slip-ons — Aurélien

If there’s a better pair of weekend suede loafers out there, we’ve yet to see them. Made from 100% French calfskin, these beige yacht loafers from Aurélien will feel as comfortable on deck as they do strolling along the riviera, thanks to rubber latex soles that cushion every step whilst providing superb grip too. Wear with rolled up chinos and a tailored linen shirt for the ultimate smart-casual look.

Beige Yacht Loafers

Beige Yacht Loafers

£224

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Summer sleeves — Aurélien

Unless you’re holidaying slap bang on the equator, there’s a chance that, at some point, you’ll need longer sleeves when the temperature drops this summer (even if it’s just for when the wind picks up). And few items work better than this slim-fit polo sweater. Handmade in Italy from 100% extra-fine Merino wool that has a slight silk-like sheen, it has genuine Mother of Pearl buttons to catch the eye too. Perfect for dinner or drinks out under the stars.

Extrafine Merino Polo Beige

Extrafine Merino Polo Beige

£124

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Luxury linen — Turnbull & Asser

This summer shirt is just as at home in the city as it is out in the country or on the water. That’s because master shirt makers Turnbull & Asser have made a lightweight and relaxed-fit structure with long sleeves and three-button cuffs, ticking boxes on both sides of the smart-casual spectrum. The turquoise colour pairs well with trousers, chinos and denim but will also work with shorts and low-top sneakers too. Versatile, stylish and perfect for a summer on the move.

Turquoise Linen Shirt with T&A Collar and 3-Button Cuffs

Turquoise Linen Shirt with T&A Collar and 3-Button Cuffs

£275

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Bags of style — Bennett Winch

Carrying your essentials in hot weather needs a bit of thought. The heat will mean anything on your back will quickly get too hot, whilst anything that can’t close might not have the security you want. Bennett Winch have thought it all through and produced this superb tote bag. Its minimal aesthetic belies the hidden details, like the padded laptop compartment and internal phone pocket. Best of all, there’s a zip to close it all up. Safe, stylish and, obviously, very smart-casual.

The Tote – Black

The Tote – Black

£325

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