Vivienne Westwood: Elevated Essentials
Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer Collection
There are some garments which every man needs in his wardrobe all year round. A smart shirt, a casual polo, some basic t-shirts and of course a pair of well-fitting trousers. Luckily for those of us who may find themselves missing one or two of these essential components Vivienne Westwood are on hand supplying the goods when it comes to the highest quality bits rammed full of both subtle and not so subtle change ups. Take a look below…
We challenge you to find us a more perfectly transitional piece for summer than a long sleeve polo shirt. Breathable enough to withstand the blistering daytime heat but with that extra flourish of protection when things begin to cool down, it provides an exceptional top half choice that is easily paired up with shorts and trousers alike. Apart from being extremely easy on the eyes this particular offering from Westwood boasts an elongated two button placket, wide striped collar, soft 100% cotton pique construction and is finished with the classic embroidered orb logo to the chest, signifying the designers dedication to taking tradition into the future. If you’re looking for the social butterfly of top-half attire that’s capable of occasion spanning powers like no other, than look no further.
Next up we have the polos equally as versatile but slightly smarter cousin the button up shirt. Crafted from a lightweight cotton that is perfect for all year round wear it not only showcases Westwood’s affinity for tailoring but their ability to build upon traditional menswear tropes and deliver something that feels completely unique. Equipped with the orb logo embroidered to the chest, concealed collar button downs and subtle hits of branding the garment comes to a head with a three top button accent, providing a playful twist on a tried and tested silhouette.
Bolstering out these looks we have some of Westwood’s timeless basic t-shirts layered below. Available in a range of colours and made from 100% organic cotton they keep things minimal with some slight alterations to fit and the orb logo stamped to the chest for an unmistakable badge of quality.
But of course we can’t focus solely on the waist up especially not when sporting a pair of trousers as top notch as the ones pictured above. Using a contrasting mixture of a relaxed drawstring waist and a sharp tailored cut these legwear titans cleverly manage to merge the worlds of razor sharp sophistication with optimum comfort. Boasting a tapered cut that not only compliments the flowy blend material on offer, but finishes at a raw, exposed hem, the trousers bring a fresh perspective to a vital bit of menswear kit injecting the everyday black trouser with lashings of personality.
Dipping our toe into the Vivienne Westwood’s more runaway influenced pieces this sweatshirt from the Spring Summer collection holds no punches when it comes to bold printed design. Making nods to the designers strong political stance and undeniable punk influences that ran central to many of her early collections, it utilises traditional Chinese ink line drawings fragmented by vocal messaging for a piece that not only makes a first impression but has the depth to back it up. Decked out with ribbing to the neck, hem and cuffs for a defined shape the sweatshirt can be paired up with the matching, equally as loud, shorts for a two-piece ensemble that will almost definitely steal some looks this summer.