7 poolside-perfect polos

Sun-drenched days are just around the corner, promise, so in preperation we spoke to Josh Kelsall of Scotts Menswear to give us not 6 but 7, yep one for every day of the week, 0f the best from their polo shirt collections, which are pitched as the perfect summer wear for men, covering the whole spectrum of individual tastes and styles. Here’s seven of the best, as chosen by them;

1. The Classic

Traditional yet sporty from Fred Perry – perfect for those looking to rock a cool and subtle urban attitude.

2. The Lover

Simple and understated from Lacoste– for the smooth charmers who know that true style never shouts.

3. The Posh One

Elegant and 100% British from Hackett – the one to wear if the occasion calls for some home-bred UK chic

4. The Style Guru

Eye-catching and bold from Fila – for those who don’t like to do fashion in half-measures

5. The Chiller

Relaxed and understated from Fred Perry – the perfect look for the calm, calculated shirt-fashionista.

6. The Exclusive

High-quality, classic with a modern twist from Pretty Green – when a statement absolutely, definitely needs to be made.

7. The Flash

Striking and unabashed from Boss Hugo Boss – for those who don’t hide away, but like to take summer by the horns.



6 Of The Best – Striped Pieces

WORDS KEANU ADORABLE 

Stripes are a classic and versatile pattern that can add interest to your whole outfit, and we at Clothes Make The Man want you embrace this look, especially this season. Here are our top 6 pieces that would make a great addition to your summer wardrobe.

 

“Stripes are a fail-safe way to introduce pattern into your smart-casual capsule, and this T-shirt from is an effortless choice. Cut from soft cotton-jersey that feels as good as it looks, it’s rendered in versatile charcoal and white for easy pairing with any colour trousers.”

“Unexpected flourishes of colour are a signature. Designed with royal-blue tipping at the collar, this striped T-shirt is made from lightweight cotton and cut comfortably slim.”

“Zara continues to keep up with the latest trends with this clean, plain Oxford shirt. The sleeve with contrasting stripe is the key point of the design. This can be worn on a casual day/night out, the versatility of this piece means you could rock it with different combos – jeans with trainers or trousers with smart shoes”

“With a palette based in brown and tan, ‘s Spring ’17 collection is inspired by the American TV shows the designer watched as a child in the UK. This cotton-blend poplin shirt is designed with stacked panels at the sleeves – a recurring detail that references military uniforms.”

“This multicoloured striped shirt from 3.1 Phillip Lim is one of the most trendiest pieces that you can rock this summer, this shirt features peaked lapels, a front button fastening, a chest pocket and short sleeves that gives that casual but luxurious vibe”

“Prada’s retro-inspired short-sleeved shirt has been made in Italy from smooth cotton-poplin. It’s tailored in a boxy profile, enhanced by the neat box pleat at the back and side slits, and is trimmed with a contrasting mustard hem.”

Lighten up – 6 of the best Overshirts

Words by Charlie Britton

The humble Overshirt is an ideal essential piece for this Spring, Summer, Autumn and you get the point. It’s a pretty versatile garment, standing in for your jacket during the warmer months and keeping you cosy as a thicker layering piece during the colder ones. Here at Clothes Make The Man, we’ve listed 6 of the best Overshirts that you can rock right now, so leave your ‘Winter is Coming’ malarkey with your jacket in the wardrobe where it belongs and take note.

 

This Overshirt from ami Paris is a beautiful and light piece that’ll last for years to come. Featuring two flap pockets at the front, this classic cut beige cotton and linen blend Overshirt will brighten up any outfit. Genuine horn buttons complete the piece, giving it a modern but timeless finish, perfect for the Spring and Summer months.

The next piece in our line-up is this Swedish Our Legacy cotton-velvet Overshirt from Mr Porter. A single front pocket gives the Overshirt some nice texture and utility while four pearly white fastening buttons provide a nice contrast to this beautiful navy garment.

This coach jacket inspired Overshirt from COS is a perfect tonal piece for the current Spring season. Press stud buttons and a pointed collar provide a smart finish, making this piece versatile enough to be worn with a shirt and trousers or over a tee and a pair of your favourite denim.

Levi’s are known for their denim but if you were to think of anything else, it would be their shirts. Although this time it’s not a denim one, this Overshirt or Workshirt is the perfect throw on garment for this Spring Summer season. It’s frost grey colour remains very neutral, allowing you to pair it with both lighter and darker shades, fit for all occasions.

This knitted Overshirt from Oliver Spencer, admittedly advertised and sold as a knitted jacket but far too tempting to resist mentioning, is a great middle of the road alternative to your jacket this spring. Its 100% merino wool build is perfect for warmer weather as it’s breathable, lightweight and very soft, although is certain to retain some heat in the colder months. Sporting a minimal check print, it’s a great garment to lift any outfit.


Last but not least is this 100% cotton military inspired Overshirt from Zara. Featuring two front button fastening pockets and some patchwork detailing on the sleeve, this khaki Overshirt is a great piece to carry you through to Winter at a very affordable price too.

 

So there you have it, our top 6 Overshirts you can buy right now. The very recent Autumn/Winter 2017 press days revealed quite a few Overshirts too from some fantastic menswear brands, so it’s a great investment you can make for your wardrobe that’ll stay on trend for seasons to come.

Clean as a Whistle – 6 of the Best Body Washes for Men

Words by Charlie Britton

You’re probably curious as to why we’re listing the best body washes for men, but I’ll have you know that we have a perfectly good reason. You’re average Joe shower gel from the local drug store certainly isn’t up to scratch with these body washes, packed full of fantastic ingredients to invigorate, clean and purify you’re skin and set you up for the day ahead, which is exactly what you’re missing out on each morning if you don’t own one of these;

The Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser is a mighty botanically enhanced cleanser that gently removes grime, banishes odour and leaves the skin beautifully scented and fresh, perfect for a morning shower. Geranium has a handful of skin and health benefits too, so it’s sure to leave you feeling refreshed.

Scaramouche + Fandango‘s Body Wash is the perfect shower companion, especially being oil, silicone and paraben-free. This Vitamin E and Papaya body wash leaves the skin hydrated and invigorated, whilst removing all the unwanted grime and residue from the skin. Scented with the S+F signature fragrance, there’s not much more you could ask for.

This Molton Brown Bushukan body wash is a refreshing and indulgent bath and shower gel blended with antioxidant-rich Thai Bushukan fruit, a member of the citrus family. This wash also features hints of black pepper and tolu absolute, sure to leave your skin feeling clean and smelling great.

The Kiehls Body Fuel wash is another great body wash in this line up, functioning as both a body wash and shampoo in one. Formulated with caffeine and menthol, this wash is certain to get you going in the morning, with the added bonus of being paraben and sulfate-free.

Surface, a grooming brand designed for city goers, produce a body wash formulated with active ingredients and softening and emollient properties. Refreshing, delicate and antipollution, this is the perfect body wash for those who are always on the move, especially in town.

Last but not least, Cowshed’s Bullocks Bracing Body Wash purifies and tones the skin with petitgrain and grapefruit, combining a masculine and invigorating scent too. Packed with hemp seed oil, this body wash provides nutrients and vitamins for your skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and recharged.

So there you have it, our top 6 body wash picks to make your day that little bit better. Here at Clothes Make The Man, we insist on keeping clean and looking sharp, so as long as you trust in our top 6 picks you’ll be halfway there.

Get the perfect strike this Spring – 6 of the best Bowling Shirts

Words by Keanu Adorable

For some unknown reason the bowling shirt has had a bad rep for a while now. Similar to the Hawaiian shirt, the item has been associated with interesting personalities— from Charlie Sheen’s rude and crude character from Two and a Half Men (who had a whole collection of atrocious tops) to the eccentric crew from The Big Lebowski who are synonymous with short-sleeved embroidered button-ups.

Loose and easy, with a casual spread-collar, the bowling shirt sums up the relaxed, sleazy-chic is making a strong comeback this summer, with the 1950s trend that seems to be everywhere for spring, bowling-style shirts have been hugely popular on the streets of Milan and Paris during the SS17 fashion weeks.

Bowling shirts are typically cut wide and boxy but don’t let that put you off, oversized fits are a solid style move. Lightweight fabrics and a breezy, open cut make the shirt a great choice for hot spring/summer weather, hopefully, which explains the popularity with the fashionistas… and also tourists, two demographic you don’t often associate together. They’re traditionally produced with drab colorways and team embroidery on the chest, but most people seem to be going for nostalgic oriental designs — orchids, tigers, dragons, etc — and many contemporary labels are producing minimal versions too.

The fashionista illuminati has, naturally, splashed out on luxe garms from the likes of Gucci, Prada and Valentino. More accessible labels have hopped on to the trend too, and there’s nothing stopping you diving into your local charity shop/thrift store or eBay if you’re feeling sensible, financially.