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The versatile essentials every man needs this spring

Although you may not have noticed, spring has sprung. True, we’re still all stuck inside, but the clouds have parted, the clocks have gone forward and we’re moving ever-so-steadily on with this ever-so-strange year.

And that means your wintry rollnecks and well-heeled boots are no longer necessary. Save for the odd lazy day, you should be dressing for springtime now — even if we can’t go outside to properly enjoy the weather yet. So, to ensure you don’t spend too much money on clothes that will never step further than your front door this year, we’ve curated a capsule collection of items to see you through spring. Take a look...

Emma Willis Brushed Cotton Shirt

You need this because: Who doesn’t need a good quality blue shirt? In brushed cotton, this hand-cut, single needle-stitched button-down from Emma Willis will see you through to summer. Cosy enough to tackle any chilly spells, it will also work with off-duty warmer weather looks. 

Wear it with: Start off by tucking it into a pair of slim-fit navy chinos if you’re working from home. Or, if you’re heading out, pair it with a jumper or light spring jacket. And, when we’re finally back in the office, throw on a tie and you’ll have another formal shirt for your collection.

Brushed Cotton Shirt - Denim

Brushed Cotton Shirt - Denim

£240

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Artknit Navy Cashmere Jumper

You need this because: A navy jumper is the cornerstone of your knitwear collection and few are sounder investments than this Italian Artknit option. With a round neck and cashmere construction, each jumper is made to order, meaning you’ll own a truly unique garment.

Wear it with: Everything from the smart Emma Willis shirt above to a pair of jeans and sneakers. A navy jumper is like a style skeleton key; it’ll fit in anywhere. Our particular favourite look? Worn as a base layer under a twill overshirt.

The Round-Neck Cashmere

The Round-Neck Cashmere

€189

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Uniform Standard Suede Sneakers

You need this because: A pair of smart casual sneakers go a long way in a modern man’s wardrobe. Not only are they comfortable, but they work across a multitude of looks. These Uniform Standard suede kicks are created with minimal lines, premium materials and detailed finishes.

Wear them with: These are your new office sneakers. We know you might not be commuting at the moment, but the low profile cupsoles will make a day on your feet feel like nothing — while affording you an understated, sophisticated style boost.

Series 1 Sky Suede

Series 1 Sky Suede

£140

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Apnée Swimwear Navy Trunks

You need this because: We all need hope. And our hope is that, by the end of spring, airports around the world will be kicking back into gear and jetting us off to warm weather destinations. And, once you’re by the pool, you’ll need a good pair of trunks. Specifically, Apnée swimwear’s dark blue, Portuguese-made shorts.

Wear it with: Thanks to that versatile colour, and the use of superior quick-drying fabrics that are durable and resistant to both chlorine and salt, these trunks can be worn in or out of the pool. Forgotten to pack your day shorts? No problem. These will double up nicely.

Peacock Blue

Peacock Blue

£80

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Ettinger Billfold Wallet

You need this because: A wallet isn’t just a style essential; it’s a style necessity. And Ettinger’s Billfold is the best on the market. It’s simple, stylish and will keep all of your cards and notes in one safe place. It’s been the British brand’s most iconic piece since the 1930s — and we can certainly see why.

Carry it with: The best part of an Ettinger wallet is that it can be nigh-on invisible until you pull it out. Sure, when you do whip it from your pocket, heads will turn at the quality of the leather, or the flash of yellow lining. But, when it’s in your pocket, the slim construction affords it the lowest of profiles. Ergo, wear it with whatever you want.

Billfold wallet with 6 C/C

Billfold wallet with 6 C/C

£185

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Oliver Cabell Low 1 White Sneakers

You need this because: Everyone needs a sportier pair of sneakers. While the suede option further up this list may be office appropriate, these are your off-duty kicks. Crafted in Italy from buttery Italian calfskin, Oliver Cabell’s Low 1 White sneakers are as simple — and stylish — as they come.

Wear them with: Of course, depending on your style, you don’t have to keep these sneakers for your casual looks. We’d recommend pairing with slim-fit jeans or chinos. But, if the mood takes you, they’d also cut a dash alongside a vividly tailored blue or green suit.

Low 1 – White

Low 1 – White

£175

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Bennett Winch Full Leather Tote

You need this because: The tote is a last-minute, 'grab-that' godsend. We’ve all been caught short in shops with our hands full, but Bennett Winch has solved this problem in the most stylish way possible. Cut from full-grain leather, this tote also features both a padded laptop compartment and convenient phone pocket.

Carry it with: It's crafted from black leather; so pretty much anything you want. Whether you’re sashaying down to the beach, running to the corner shop for some essentials or marching back into the office after a promotion, there are few situations in which this versatile tote won’t work.

The Tote – Black Full Leather

The Tote – Black Full Leather

£575

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