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Nike Air Force 1 '07 White Trainers

Nike Trainers: Style The Swoosh Right

How To Wear Nike Trainers

In today’s fashion zeitgeist it’s near impossible to imagine a world without Nike trainers. But, in the bygone days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, before the Swoosh locked down sartorial status, the footwear industry wasn’t quite sure what it was missing without the sporting stalwart’s sneakers.

Jump 40-something years and Nike trainers have reached the pinnacle of footwear culture in 2019. Having etched their presence into society and sportswear alike, the brand’s kicks, ranging from the nostalgic Cortez, to the Waffle Racer ‘Moon Shoe’ and the ever-popular Air Max dynasty, are true style icons.

Therefore, mastering your Swoosh style is essential if you’re hoping to keep up appearances in the sneaker scene. So why not source inspiration from our styling team and take a look at how we’ve approached this season’s Nike Trainers below…

LOOK 1: 

Ideal for city dwellers – our first look bets on a relaxed wardrobe for urban settings. With the help of trailblazing label CP Company and all-American brand Ralph Lauren in the mix, this outfit takes on an effortless smart-casual stance. Boasting a double dosage of technical layers on top, including a short-sleeved CP Company polo shirt and CP Company arm lens jacket, the outfit further unfolds with comforting Ralph Lauren sweatpants.

Completing the look is a pair of Nike Air Max Light trainers; offering colourful pops to an otherwise monochrome teaming. Since these sneakers have been seldom-seen since the ‘80s, give them the attention they deserve through the streets.How to wear Nike trainers - Look 1

Nike Air Max Light Trainers

LOOK 2: 

If you’re more focused on turning up the dial for nostalgia, look two is a winner. Featuring Nike’s Air Zoom Alpha trainers, *cult classics from the ‘90s*, the outfit channels an elevated approach to dressing. It’s imagined with several layers stacked atop each other, including a Nudie sweatshirt, Albam shirt and cosy Folk sweatshirt. Although warmth shouldn’t pose a problem with this look, choose to add or remove layers depending on the temperature. Meanwhile, embrace this Zoom sneaker’s wavy uppers and retro status in your chosen stomping ground.

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Nike Air Zoom Alpha Trainers

LOOK 3: 

Cast with a colour palette made up of only two tones, this black and white ensemble is undoubtedly a head-turner. Bringing urban accents into focus, the look aims to secure the streetwear scene with a range of logo-charged accessories. With Dsquared2’s ICON bag by your side, not only can all your essentials be kept close, but your status heightened thanks to the brand’s signature slogan. Adding to the clashing vision is a Ralph Lauren baseball cap, boxy Maison Margiela t-shirt and Champion sweatshorts.

Finished off with the power and stability of Nike’s Vapormax 2019 trainer on foot; we’re sound in the knowledge that this look will confidently pursue the city or summer festivals in equal measure.

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Nike Vapormax 2019 Trainers

LOOK 4:

Slick, smart and suitable for weekend wear – outfit four is fiercely trend aware. Taking to terrain with the energy of a springy Air Sole unit, Nike’s Air Tailwind 79 sneaker hits the floor with the Swoosh sported at all angles. Up top, a lightweight Paul Smith shirt and neutral Albam overshirt drape the body, teamed alongside versatile Norse Projects chinos. Signing off the sophisticated streetwear look is Moncler’s Theo pouch in olive, styled here across the body.

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Nike Air Tailwind 79 Trainers

LOOK 5:

Wholly inspired by the game, this next look captures traditions from the hardwood and prepares to hit the tramac. Using an unusual approach to layering, the outfit invites a striking Nike jersey atop a cosy Ralph Lauren hoodie. Nike’s Air Force 1 ‘07 low trainers serve timeless appeal on foot, while the sporty styling is broken up with beige Norse Projects chinos. We reckon this one will give off duty dressing a whole new meaning.

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Nike Air Force 1 Trainers

LOOK 6:

Showcasing the sporty flair of the ‘90s, this final outfit looks to apparel icons of the past. Pounding the streets with nostalgia on foot, Nike’s Air Max 98 trainers inject old-school quality to the ensemble while Ralph Lauren’s half zip sweatshirt serves up a cosy layer for easy throwing on. Edwin’s ED55 63 jeans soften the athleisure theme with their clean-cut feel and turned-up cuffs.

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Nike Air Max 98 Trainers

So, whether you’re running errands from day-to-day, dressing to impress or cutting a casual figure, celebrate the Swoosh in superlative style. Shop a wide range of Nike trainers in-store and online at Aphrodite.

Aphrodite Clothing Travel Essentials

What To Pack For A Weekend Away

Packing For A Weekend Away: The Essentials

Is the wait till your next summer holiday too much to bear? If so, we reckon you could be in need of a well-earned weekend away. Whether you prefer the scenic surroundings of the Lake District or the booming cityscape of the capital, a change-up of settings could work wonders for your wellbeing and, ultimately, bridge the gap between your next sun-soaked destination.

Of course, the difficulty with a short trip away is knowing how much to pack. Finding the happy medium between taking too little and taking too much is tricky to say the very least. And then there’s the dilemma of deciding what sort of things to pack. Altogether, it’s a bit of an irritating undertaking. Thankfully, we’re willing to carry the burden to help you get to where you need to be. So, kick-back and relax while you uncover our essential guide to packing for a weekend away.

A Practical & Portable Bag:
With every escape from reality, comes the bag you chose to get you there. Ideally, something spacious, functional and wholly accommodating would be the superior choice for any adventure-seeker. But, with so many on the market to choose from, it can be a bit of a minefield finding the right one. We think these generously-sized choices from Fred Perry, Barbour and Fjallraven could fall into your plans effortlessly. View our full bag collection online here.

 

Fred Perry Barrel BagBarbour Holdall Bag - Weekend AwayFjallraven Backpack

Sunglasses With Style & Substance:
Let’s face it, if you’re staying on home-turf, unpredictable weather is almost a given. So, come rain or shine, it’s best to be prepared for whatever the forecast could throw your way. If we’re wishful thinking, balmy climates would reign supreme, and with that in mind, sunglasses are a total must-have. With the obvious benefits of muting the sun’s harsh glares, the right pair of shades will instantly sign off any look.

For the sole purpose of a long weekend away, versatility is key. Choosing a simple, slick pair that will go with everything is imperative. Luxury Italian eyewear specialists Ray Ban are your go-to for achieving just this. The brand’s Meteor sunglasses in brown offer 100% UV protection while providing superlative visual clarity. For an extra dose of luxury, Moncler’s all-black wayfarers might just be your match. View our entire sunglasses range to find the right pair for you.

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Slick & Sensible Headwear:
Always a hit – caps, like sunglasses, are another great way to survive the sun. With the ability to shade you from testing temperatures while enhancing your outfit, caps are a necessity for any short break. Brands ranging from Stone Island, Norse Projects, Paul Smith, and more, have all tweaked the design to their own taste this season. Discover essential headwear styles over on our website now.

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A Wise Selection of Tops:
You can’t go wrong with a selection of t-shirts. A versatile mix of short-sleeved and long-sleeved styles will prove perfect for a plethora of occasions. Though it is important to consider your personal plans too. Are you spending your time in the great outdoors or amidst urban settings? The appropriate cut, colour and fit will make all the difference to your ensemble and overall comfort throughout your trip.

Japanese clothing label Edwin offer a double pack of two plain white tees that are ideal for throwing on at a moment’s notice. While Danish streetwear stalwart Norse Projects has you covered for casual events with its Johannes tee – a breezy, breathable option. And outdoor outfitter Patagonia supplies a long-sleeved, logo charged design for cooler climes.

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Functional Shorts:
As well as the usual trousers to chill out in, practical shorts can also be a saviour for day-to-day activity. At the top of our list are this beige pair from Patagonia, they’re crafted in a classic cargo silhouette, with a quick-drying nylon base, DWR coating and UV protective finish. Also acquiring top marks are Fjallraven’s Karl Pro shorts, made with the brand’s durable G-1000 fabric. In a similar manner to Patagonia, these shorts supply plenty of pocket space and are ideal for carrying all your essentials.

Aphrodite Clothing Shorts

Grooming Goodness:
Unlike travelling abroad – long weekends away in the UK don’t require you to limit your toiletry capacity. However, having everything in one place and all of travel-size helps when it comes to packing and being that extra-bit organised on the day. Much to our pleasure, the grooming experts over at L:A Bruket are on hand to deliver everything you need for that blissful break away. With a dynamic selection of everything from sunscreen to beard wash, there’s lots to get your hands on. Shop our entire grooming range here.

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Versatile Footwear: And finally, stay sturdy on your feet through new territory with a trusty pair of kicks. Although not always practical, box-fresh white sneakers are easy to pair and most-likely light on the feet. adidas Originals’ AR Trainer is tailormade to perform on ‘grass, clay and cement’ and is built with a sturdy rubber outsole underfoot. For rocky terrain, we recommend something with outstanding traction and durability. Take a look at our diverse footwear collection here.

adidas AR Trainer In WhiteSo, without further ado, start packing and ensure your ‘out of office’ status is firmly switched on!

The North Face

Peaks to Pavements – The North Face

It’s fair to say fashion has taken a swerve that no one could have anticipated over the past few years, with even the highest of high-end focusing solely on that of the streetwear trend. We explore a brand whos organic identity had them placed rightfully in the rankings of this megatrend from the offset, by documenting them in their new stomping ground.
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The North Face Nuptse Jacket
The North Face Hoodie The North Face Polartec Fleece The North Face HoodieThe North Face Concrete JungleThe North Face Expert Detailing Layering with The North Face The North Face Denali Fleece PantsGround level with The North Face

 

With an assortment of familiar silhouettes and fabrics, The North Face never fail to impress with their ability to give everything a fresh take. In an array of earthy toned fleece, poly and nylon with healthy dashes of camo print and the newly introduced repeat ‘brand mantra’ text, never stop exploring, you can stand out or blend in as you please.

The North Face Nuptse GiletThe North Face Denali Fleece The North Face Denali Fleece in GreenThe North Face classic logo patch The North Face street side

 

 

Stone Island ‘Industrial Strength’

In keeping with the industrial strength direction of their FW18 collection ‘Icon Imagery’, this unlikely pairing of navy and yellow pieces are almost uniform-like, and we like it a lot! From its inception, Navy has been synonymous with uniform, from marine blue to its adoption as navy blue the colour has itself included in military wear to workwear, finding itself as the go-to base colouring of high vis uniforms.

Instantly the combo colouring of the knit jumper evokes the utilitarian designs of the working uniform, emboldening the compass chest piece to aid a more physically striking aesthetic. With the modular nature of Stone Island, It’s not hard to bring two monochromatic base outfits into one singular colour blocked design with the mix of base and outer layers displayed.

Famed for their unique fabrication and garment dye process, the Lamy nylon featured here in the olive flock jacket and below in navy flock shell, is bonded to an adhesive film using a magnetic field technique. They aren’t messing around when it comes to waterproofing, and why not look as stylish as possible whilst doing so.

The ‘Tiger Pack’ with stand out all over white tiger print is perfect for layering with more subdued colourways like this overshirt in Ice. The tiger design is a continuation of last season’s camo collection. Here’s what we said:

 Unadopted from an existing camouflage (unlike the designs of the Polish alligator camo) the White Tiger collection doesn’t function to conceal the wearer as it does to display Stone Island’s incredible garment printing ability. The swirling black on white camo with gold-flecked detailing takes on existing proportions of the tiger stripe camo that has been adopted across many a different nation. Symbolising an incoming drop of snowy proportions, the tiger camo is an ironically surefire way to stand out from the crowd with its beastly design.

Sports Luxe Inspo At Aphrodite1994

Have you ever wanted to dress your best whilst remaining as comfortable as possible? Welcome to the world of sports luxe, reserved for rich and affluent amongst it, as well as characters in the Sopranos. We’re showing you three of our favourite sporting looks.

Look 1 – 

The emphasis is on a marina chic vibe, looking your best whilst stop off or on the yacht is essential for anyone who can even say they have the chance of stepping out to the ocean.

Doubling up on the Moncler and adding a double dash of Italian craftsmanship in Paul & Shark and Stone Island that deals this look a classy touch.

Look 2 –

Channelling a fashion look with a laid-back feel. It’s a distinctive 90s visual to the colour blocking on display.

The major statement in this outfit is the relaxed fit to the Oliver Spencer pinstripe trouser, lending a smart and tailored air to a comfortable and elasticated design. Finalising the outfit is the combo of adidas

Look 3 –

Adopting a contemporary casual look that draws on inspiration from the 80s up to the modern day. Relying on classic British tailoring, whilst also bringing some European imports into the mix.

The key item in this look is the brand new adidas Sobakov, a silhouette influenced by the terrace movement of the 80s and football aesthetics of the late 90s.

 

Earn Your Stripes: Summer Stripes Edition

Spending its early life on the torsos of sailors, criminals, clowns and other despicable characters, the striped garment has enjoyed it’s latter years as the classy fashion choice. With its versatility we felt it essential to offer the best in stripes from the Aphrodite1994 range.

Vertical Shirts

Although thought to be exclusive to your wolves of wall street, the vertical stripe to a crisp shirt adds a perfect patterned layer to any outfit. Wear it like you would a regular oxford or chambray offering as an overshirt in the warm or layering in the cold.

As simple as it comes, the tailoring on offer from Japan’s favourite minimalist brand is unparalleled, justifying the high-quality price tag. With its point collar, single-needle tailoring and a patch pocket to the chest, this usually formal styling takes on another life as an essential wardrobe wearer for finest of casual combinations.
One of our wardrobe essentials, the Striped Ralph Lauren Oxford is such a staple in Polo archive and so intrinsically Ralph Lauren that other striped iterations of the oxford shirt might, in fact, be mistaken for it. 100% cotton construction woven in a thin slimming stripe, this shirt has been cut in a slim fit for a more tailored look that guarantees a versatility not seen by many, making it perfect for dressing down and up.
 
Having covered its blue brother in our recent ‘Kind of Blue’ feature, it would just be flat out rude to not acknowledge the pretty in pink sequel. Styled as a box fit Hawaiian shirt, the striped garment includes a choice of button up or casual collar all developed in a holiday-ready linen fabrication.
Hooped Polos

A sporting classic, any champion of the athleisure wear is sure to provide their spin on the hooped polo. With a look that screams either Wu-Tang or Tiger Woods depending on your preference, there’s a serious amount of versatility in the style.

Part of a double bill of Paul & Shark polos (think of this as the Godfather 1 to our up and coming Godfather 2 in a world where the Godfather 3 doesn’t exist) this variant of everyone’s favourite yachting outfitters is a sure fire way to be noticed by its standout colouring and fine quality crafting. Smashing 3 nautical colours into one with its navy, light blue and orange colour combo, it’s a surprisingly easy dress down option for jeans, slacks or a fitted trouser.
 
You can rely on only a number of things in life: death, taxes and Ralph Lauren Polos. The American outfitters will forever be associated with the colourful world of polos, finding a foot in 90s streetwear with their varied design. With it’s red and white design, this polo is a simple and slim staple shirt.
 

Paul & Shark Polo Shirt – Grey / White / Peach

You didn’t have to wait long for the big reveal, and can you say you’re satisfied with the offering? It’s a unanimous yes from the Aphrodite team, and we’re sure it is from you too. Tempting the simple white and grey base with a pale pastel pink is a stroke of colour blocking genius from the Italian team and offers a colour variation to their rather simplistic variations.
Pinstripe Pants

You haven’t seen this kind of pant style since prison wear, and it isn’t as juvenile as once before!

In a league of their own as our singular striped pant option, the Armitage trouser from Oliver Spencer is a relaxed fitting, formal looking, pinstripe weave that you didn’t know you wanted, and we guarantee you’ll need after inspection. We live in a world where formal wear is now comfortable, so get with the craze and strut to the corner shop in style.
Basic Bretons

The industry standard, the iPhone of the garment world, the universally recognised sign of a mature fashion icon, the striped t-shirt says it all with only a small palette to work from, but boy does it work!

As it goes with Scandinavian minimalism, there’s only a select number of patterns accepted into its new age architect lookbook. It’s a good job that monochrome stripes are one of the foundations of the movement, as there are very few better dress down fashion styles. Norse Projects, your friends from the utmost north of Europe, are champions of the striped garment, adding tiny embellishments to each model. The Niels Tee takes on a sketched line work display in its stripes for a unique look.
What’s better than a single stripe pattern? Double stripes! Also, not a stranger to a striped garment (as displayed above) are Oliver Spencer. Their Conduit t-shirt is the gateway to a finer casual style offering a simple base in this outing, placing navy and grey as the two-tone offering.
No messing around from Folk and their classic stripe offering. This dictionary definition offering of the striped style needs no sell, it’s a solid piece of kit for your wardrobe!
Multicolour Bretons

Lifes too short to be boring, so lighten up a bit and add some colour to your striped wardrobe.

It’s simple, it’s striped, it’s yellow. Dubbed as ‘beeswax’ in its subtle colouring; the soft shading to the typically bright colour welcomes a foundational pairing option for a plethora of outfit editions. Treat yourself to this extroverted colouring for the warmer months.
Take the previous caption and place ‘Vintage’ in there and you’ve got yourself a rivalling quality garment
Dominating your stripe spectrum are the specialists at Oliver Spencer, and they’re bringing a pocket to the stripey t-shirt design. The sky blue design and contrasting collar are a brilliant addition to a timeless design.
 
Honourable Mentions:

Colourblock Casual

A quick shoutout to some essential items in the Aphrodite1994 arsenal.

A seamless construction in a nautical Red / Cream / Navy complexion, this block striped sweatshirt is a minimalists statement piece.

Sporty Stripes

adidas 3 Stripe T-Shirts

We couldn’t have a stripe feature without the brand literally made of stripes!

Grooming Tips For The Summer

The warmer weather can take its toll on your skin and hair, which is why it’s so important to invest in some top quality grooming products to get you through. Check out our top grooming tips below.

Opt for a Lightweight Moisturiser

Keep your skin hydrated and healthy with a lightweight, organic moisturiser. It’ll keep your skin feeling fresh and soft all day, and will benefit in the long run to stop your skin from drying out in the hot sun. Baxter of California has come to help your stressed skin with their Oil-Free Moisturiser, using plant-based hydration technology to restore skins moisture this formula is a perfect concoction for the summer months leaving skin without a shiny quality.

It’s worth doubling up on the moisturisers for the hands to avoid the inevitable dry and chapped skin that occurs during summer. L:A Bruket Hand Cream No159 is blended in Sweden, the essential oils of lemongrass & rosemary have a cleansing and bacteriostatic effect, while the shea butter and coconut oil not only protects the skin but moisturises and nourishes. Perfect size to pop away in a bag for accompaniment anywhere.

Don’t Skip Sunscreen

It’s important to moisturise, but it’s equally as important to protect your skin from the UV rays. This SPF30 luxe sunscreen from L:A Bruket has been crafted in Sweden from an organic sunflower and avocado oil base. It also holds hints of mint, patchouli, and lavender oil fragrance, and will do just the trick to protect your skin. With our current British climate displaying particularly un-British qualities, it’s essential to cover your back, literally and figuratively with this essential sunscreen.

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Give Your Hair a Natural, Healthy Shine

Restoring essential oils into your hair and fortifying your follicles is an essential grooming key to surviving the summer months. Teaming a Baxter of California Shampoo and Conditioner combo with liberal application to the hair will ensure a vibrant palette rather than a sun-bleached, damaged look. Both the shampoo and conditioner are created with wheat protein, coconut extract & vitamin E, with a fresh mint scent.

Apply an added bit of California Love in the form of the Soft Water Pomade, providing a light to medium hold, with a non-greasy shine finish. This product is perfect for a more relaxed look to your mane, due to its blend of wax and oils.

Wash Liberally and Appropriately 

It might go without saying but with the hotter climate comes to dreaded sweat. Although no one truly smells like roses, you can come close with this simple, easy three-step clean up in the washing department. Begin with the Baxter of California Body Wash an invigorating and hydrating body wash that is blessed with the scent of Italian Lime and Pomegranate. Mixing aloe, jojoba and vitamin E it’s a perfect combo of cleansing, moisturising, and a revitalising base scent to apply embellishing aftershaves or moisturisers.

For the face, Baxter also have a super exfoliating Facial Scrub that leaves skin feeling smooth and renewed whilst revitalizing complexion. With only the need for a bi-weekly application, this is some super strength juice that only needs used in the scarcest of occasions.

Our final step comes optional for the more follically gifted of us in the form of L:A Bruket’s super trendy design to the customary beard wash in their No154 Laurel Leaf concoction. Blended with witch hazel and horse chestnut extracts to nourish and soothe the skin, essential oil from Laurel leaf will clean, calm and provide a bacteriostatic effect.

Travel Prepared

For the traveling businessman, the weekend commuter, the festival fellas and the holidaying hommes the Baxter of California Travel Kitt & Dopp Bag  is the perfect compact companion for any serious journey. Comes with a handy travel bag to pack your products into. Contains 2oz units of Daily Face Wash, After Shave Balm, Super Close Shave Formula, Daily Protein Shampoo, and Oil Free Moisturiser, readying you for the best and worst case scenarios on the road, ready to perform with the same consistency as their sizable brethren.

 

6 Ways to Style the Chino

There’s nothing more versatile than the chino when it comes to menswear style and with fashion sub-genres being at their most varied, eclectic and widest range yet, we take a look at some of the looks on the street and how the classic style has been adapted.

Streetwear 

Wide leg chino pant, rolled to ankle length and a bit of layering on the upper whether it be jacket and hoodie or t-shirt and shirt combo. Brands paired throughout the fashion subculture range in everything from Nike and Champion to Y3 and OAMC the brand founded by Luke Meyer, former creative director of the brand at the forefront of it all SupremeAs possibly the widest and most varied subculture of the already wide and varied fashion culture, let us just say the range of choice we have is so broad that there’s plenty of room for, activities so to speak? Our pick for the warmer months is a dress down attire with Norse Project Indigo cap, Patagonia pocket tee and a fresh pair of Adidas Yung-1s.

Heritage Gent

The beauty of being able to pair a polo with plimsolls and a comfy trouser is exactly what makes this look so popular and above all, distinctive. The heritage gent would go nowhere in matching garments so a contrast is an intricate detail not to be missed. Known to rock the Beige before any of the modern-day adopters, the heritage gent has been decking chinos with the smartest of casual looks since there was a history to document. Fred Perry Polo and Novesta Star Master topped off by Ray Bans in Havanna Brown.

Scandinavian Minimalist

There is nothing more crisp and clean than the Scandinavian look and this is mainly down to the simplicity of every ensemble, the chino being a regular piece. The sleek style is usually complemented by the polished finishing of tapered legwear showing that all important top of footwear and bare or sock covered ankle. Striped Albam tee, Grenson Sneaker 1 and APC Tote places you in touching distance of the highest of fashion, with the refinement of a simple colour blocked aesthetic.

Surplus Solider

Attennnnntion! The post-mod-army-surplus-super-solider is known to get the dress down fashion as regimented as possible, pairing a smart casual style with essential men’s wear items to create the cool civilian uniform. Taking the old army sensibilities of the Clarks Desert Boot in a versatile beeswax colouring, and pairing it with a simple oxford shirt by the way of Norse Projects and a classic Baracuta Harrington jacket.

Contemporary Cool

That’s right, Chinos can totally set off a high fashion outfit as a contemporary choice, especially paired with the cool colours for the palette. Take the pairing of the ghostly white Margiela T-shirt and Sock Racer, then place a crisp blue stripe CDG shirt over the top. Give the T-shirt a tuck too for a variation to the norm, plus a crop to the trouser to accentuate the ankle bootie. The style is in the quality and design, the simplicity of the look with its pale tones and minimal patterning is intrinsically Comme Des Garçons, as well as representing a deconstructed style in the vein of Margiela, taking the typical fashion look and breaking it down to its sensibilities.

Casual Terrace

A match in heaven, the BOSS Green polo and adidas Gazelle work in conjunction to present a matched colour scheme. Where the usual denim would sit comes a change in the chino, colour matched with the gum sole of the adidas Gazelle Super and paired perfectly with the grey, white and blue colours of the BOSS Green Paddy 3 Polo Shirt. With influences of heritage and streetwear, this outfit works as a classy dress down approach still incorporating a classic adidas silhouette into the look.

Kind of Blue: Summer Shirts Edition

Welcome reader. Relax, take a seat, and press play on our summer shirt feature. Drink? We thought you’d never ask.

Short Sleeves

The sight of a short sleeve blue shirt strikes fear into a number of men and with justification. It can be a divisive affair, more pie guzzling than Ryan Gosling, but don’t fret we’re here to help!

For menswear, there are certain brands you can guarantee to provide a simple and effective design British sensibilities. The highest of our priced short sleeves but fitted perfectly off the peg for all body types. Small details like a contrasting top button, logo tab to pocket and stripe details to the side seams give the shirt unique embellishments to push it away from its contemporaries.
Although your token blue shirt is a light blue number, this deep blue creation from the Polo brand is a versatile offering that can work in casual and more formal designs with it’s contrasting blue offering a foil to most staple formalwear palettes. Crafted from a featherweight twill fabric, this is perfect as a summer shirt to air it all out.
Offering a perfect middle ground to the above offerings, this mid-blue oxford offering from the laurel wreath is casual wear through and through with button-down collar, box pleat and contrasting locker loop to the rear of the shirt.

Striped 

For all you men in blazers, this is the section for you. Honestly, the next time you lean those elbow patches on the bar to talk about the footsie 100, you won’t look like a Richard.

Clean cut, no-nonsense, and surprisingly not an eccentric offering from Comme De Garçons shirts. Show your fashion awareness with the Japanese brand’s best in men’s formal attire taking an eloquent approach to the men’s striped shirt.
Kings of French cool, APC bring a minimalist contemporary air to every seasonal offering from the brand, and it’s a consistent presenting in this striped shirt with a cream and blue mix in its colouring. A timeless approach to a timeless item.
This typically preppy garment might not be striped per se, but it fits our agenda and you’ve gotten this far so why should you care, this shirt is too nice to kick up a fuss.

Hawaiian 

Pigeonholing this in as it’s our only Hawaiian that fits the criteria, and it’s not really a Hawaiian at that, more a box fit, box fresh, punching above its weight, casual commando in the fashion field.

You see why we included this now, right? Relaxed boxy fit, soft fabric composition, multi-button collar options, it’s a swiss army knife in a shirt.

Chambray

The carbon fibre of the blue shirt world, the chambray is you high performing supercar in your wardrobe. More of a Tesla in Aesthetic than a Bugatti, it’s what’s under the hood that counts, and the chambray is packing some serious power.

This genuinely might be the greatest shirt ever made in the history of the greatest shirts ever made. APC has the uncanny knack of knocking every garment out of the metaphorical park of quality, and this Japanese cotton clad chambray is a year-round killer.
Dyed with indigo and stonewash to create a denim blue complexion it’s ‘Murica in a classy chambray design, embracing the denim colour to great effect on a casual and lightweight design. Pair with more denim for the authentic rawhide look.
Norse Projects have the uncanny ability to nail the a-typical stylings of any staple garment with their Scandinavian minimalist air. When we’re eventually able to 3d print objects by verbal demand, the scream of ‘Alexa, Chambray Shirt’ will yield this exact design.

Oxford

Even the word ‘Oxford’ connotes a world of regal, timely gentlemen and women oozing the aroma of books and rich mahogany, taking the bimmer out for a spin to the local shop to pick up a box of earl grey in anticipation of afternoon tea and scones.

It’s hard to offer a shirt selection without omitting Ralph Lauren, they’ve dominated the preppy shirt creation since the dawn of man (that’s a fact). Does what it says on the tin etc.
Take the previous piece on the Anton Chambray and replace the c-word with Oxford. Consistency.
To be honest, as much as I love oxford shirts, they’re just the same thing with a different logo. You cannot go wrong with the selection at hand (Unless you don’t buy any).

Overshirts

The book ender of sorts, a good overshirt (or shacket if you’re so inclined) is the layering item you need in your arsenal. Add it to a summer wardrobe for a lightweight layer and throw it under a big coat for the winter lets focus on summer for now though.

Current kings of the overshirt, Stone Island place their tech sensibilities on a metallic nylon overshirt. Fastening to the front, with a statement crinkle effect and supremo construction courtesy of the Italian maestros.
Combining the shirt and a zip with great aplomb is the dark indigo iteration in the Paul Smith zip shirt. Featuring twin patch pockets to the chest and buttoned cuffs, it’s a typically subtle affair from the rainbow man, offering the classic British fashion sensibilities with a contemporary air.
This is literally, at the fundamental of it all, a blue shirt, that fact cannot be disputed. It’s a blue shirt you wear over things, like an overshirt. Therefore it deserves being placed in our ‘kind of blue’ overshirts section. Plus it also happens to be a denim jacket, therefore, you can wear with any of the above items and it’ll look crispy.