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Your 2018 Summer Essentials

Written by: Rebecca Shires | May 10, 2018.

The snow has passed, the temperatures are rising, summer is on its way and your wardrobe needs to be ready.

The changing of seasons is a transitional period for everything from the leaves on the trees to the choice of stock in the supermarkets; your fashion style is no different. Here at Mainline we are here to help make this adjustment as routine as can be; starting with an overview of your summer fashion essentials for 2018.


Starting from the Top

For many the turn of summer is the moment where we find out our t-shirt collection is not quite as vast as we had anticipated.

Brands such as Nike and Adidas offer a range of t-shirt choices at a fraction of the price of those offered by other brands. These can be worn both with shorts or jeans depending on if you are taking a trip to the beach during the day or enjoying a night out. They also make up a crucial part of your festival wardrobe, being versatile in such a way that you can wear them under a smart shirt or on their own and not look like you are forcing a look.

Ralph Lauren Crew Neck T-Shirt Beige

Colour coordination is an important thing to consider when selecting tees. Black tees are a popular nightlife look for men during the summer; representing a smart but casual look that easily shows off a good tan. Wearing a black tee alongside dark jeans and white shoes is a go to look for those warm nights.

During the day a white tee is always a safe pick for a trip to the beach or an activity-based day. A white shirt will keep you cooler when in the searing sun than it’s darker counterpart, and also allows for a wide range of colours to be worn on the bottom in the form of swimming shorts or otherwise. Just be cautious of those sweat patches, and always bring a can of deodorant just in case!

Mainline offers a wide variety of choices (across designs and colours) when it comes to Adidas and Nike’s selection of tees. There’s also a range of tees from the upper price range which may be more fitting for those nights out, such as those offered by Fred Perry and Ralph Lauren.

Sometimes though the summer heat can become too much even for a t-shirt. Luckily we offer an array of vests that are perfect over the top of swimming shorts during a hot day beside the pool. As with the tees, lighter coloured vests will keep you cooler during the day but darker vests have an ability to look that little more stylish, particularly over the top of a good tan.

If you are looking for vests with a subtle design, Armani and Diesel may be your go to brands. Alternatively, if you enjoy expressing yourself a bit more through your fashion choices then the vests offered by Adidas or Converse may be more up your street due to their unique designs.

Lastly when considering something for your upper body, its key to remember that we are British, meaning we may not be enjoying a summer like our European counterparts are. Therefore, it’s important to remember how to layer during the summer.


Targeting the Lower body

It’s time to dust off those shorts that haven’t seen the light of day since last August.

Swim shorts are a crucial part of the summer wardrobe due to their ability to be casual as well as practical. They can be worn with vests and tees during the day without you looking out of place. Darker shorts will go with almost every colour of shirt on top, whilst grey or other lighter swim short choices help the darker shirt or vest choices to stand out further.

Fila Hightide 4 Shorts Green

The trustworthy designs of Fila are alongside the more vibrant designs of Ralph Lauren and Lacoste; both offer viable options for daytime wear during the summer.

For the evenings those trusty jeans may have to take a back seat when the temperatures begin to rise.

Dark shorts are perfect to complement a white shirt on top, with denim designs representing a style that is more current than that offered by the chinos. On the other end of the spectrum, light denim jean shorts (blue and even white) match up with both light and dark shirts in a similarly appropriate fashion.


Always Accessorise

You can’t survive these summer months without the latest accessories.

No one wants to wear tight shoes in the height of summer, meaning flip flops and sliders are an essential. These come in different designs and styles and your choice between them should ultimately come down to comfort.

Some prefer the toe thong-style, of which we have in a number of brands including Armani, Tommy Hilfiger and Ted Baker. But others will prefer the slider type style, available from such brands as Champion, Calvin Klein and Lacoste.

Lacoste Nosara Flip Flops Navy

Another essential accessory are of course sunglasses. With brands such as Prada, Tom Ford and Gucci, Mainline offers sunglasses you will struggle to find all in one place elsewhere, so make the most of the collection.

Darker coloured sunglasses are the ones in fashion at the moment as they can be worn with almost any outfit. Whether you fancy the circular lenses or the square, we have you covered with our host of styles.

As far as other accessories go, we stock a vast selection of spacious, portable and, most importantly, fashionable bags for those long days at the beach. High quality brands such as Eastpak have a wealth of different designs which will suit any fashion style.

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