The weather in British summertime can be pretty unpredictable, to say the least. It might not mean a thing if it’s the hottest day of the year and you’re feeling great in just a t-shirt and a pair of chino shorts – a storm could be due at any second, and no-one wants to be that guy whose only means of protecting himself from the surprise hailstorm is an ‘ironic’ straw trilby hat.
When it comes to dressing for the upcoming bank holiday, it’s really all about being prepared and ready to improvise so here at Mainline Menswear we feel it is our duty to suggest a few ideas for crafting the perfect outfit for this August bank holiday, so you can look good no matter where you are or what the weather is!
The Classic Polo
When it comes to preparing for temperamental British weather, it’s always best to go for the middle ground and compromise. A t-shirt might work as part of a relaxed outfit, but if the weather takes a turn for the worse you risk being exposed. Equally so, a long sleeve or sweatshirt is going to be too much.
Instead, go for a classic polo shirt as a happy medium. It’s understated and can make a great outfit even greater when it’s layered nicely or equally just with blue jeans and some brown smart shoes.
The Smart-Casual Shirt
Perhaps one of the most versatile pieces of clothing a man can own is the button-up shirt, making it the staple of any wardrobe. A plain smart shirt can be used in so many outfits and works regardless of the weather or what you’re doing.
Wear it with jeans and layer on top of a plain t-shirt with the sleeves rolled up for a more casual outfit, or wear it buttoned up with a pair of chinos to turn up the charm.
There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing the right footwear for this weekend, and what you pick can turn an outfit up to 11 if done correctly. Mastering this fine art is simple; if you’re attempting to make the most of all three seconds of the sunshine this weekend, choosing a simple pair of understated trainers like vans or converse will do the trick.
Pair them with rolled up chinos and a t-shirt for the ultimate casual outfit. Equally, if you’re out with the lads, a pair of smart brown shoes will ensure your squad is looking on point. (That is, assuming the rest of them look even half as good…)
While it might feel like a great idea to don your shortest shorts this weekend, rest assured this isn’t a good idea. We mean it. Instead, go for a pair of slim blue jeans or for a slightly more dapper outfit you could opt for some slim fit chinos.
Either will work no matter what situation you’re in. If slim isn’t your style, worry not – there’s plenty of different fits available for you to choose from on our site!
As we said earlier, it’s always best to be prepared when it comes to British weather – so why not look good while you’re doing it? Bomber jackets have recently risen in popularity massively and serve as a great way of protecting you from the perils of going outside without bringing anything too bulky on the odd chance that we do actually see some sunshine this bank holiday weekend!
Written by Will Palmer