8 pieces to try if you haven’t already

We know the feeling: you’re stuck in a bit of a wardrobe rut and you see that cool bit of kit on someone else and think you could never wear that - and so the rut continues. But never fear, dear reader, this guide is here to help. Consider this your starter kit for switching up your wardrobe the right way - adopt one or two of these pieces and watch your sartorial confidence soar. Yes, you see, you can wear that.

 

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1. The co-ord

Rose London Captain Track Top

 

Love Island, festivals and the like catapulted co-ords into our style consciousness. They scream fun and there's no deliberation about whether your ensemble works. On the Spring/Summer 2020 catwalks, the look moved on to co-ordinating sweatshirts and jogging shorts at Liam Hodges and denim sets at Charles Jeffrey Loverboy.


Rose London, Captain Track Top, £65

 


2. The loose trousers

Albam Utility Loose Fit Work Trousers

 

We can all breathe a literal sigh of relief as skinny and slim are not the only trouser shapes of choice for 2020. After years of slimline apparel, cuts have gone looser in menswear, and the utility trouser has taken the helm as the Scandi-cool silhouette de jour.


Albam Utility, Loose Fit Work Trousers, £85

 


3. The bowling shirt

SoulCal Print Shirt

 

A key item the last few summers, this type of shirt has taken the menswear world by a storm, one Cuban collar at a time. The bowling shirt takes on even more relevance for SS20, as seen on the catwalks of Dsquared2 and Dolce & Gabbana among others.


SoulCal, Print Shirt, £22.99

 


4. The cult-worthy trainers

Asics Gel Trainers

 

You may own trainers, you may own several pairs of trainers in fact, but the way to switch them up from standard to more stylish is with a throwback, retro pair. These Asics kicks have got us feeling nostalgic for our '90s P.E. lessons thanks to their pleasingly bulky shape. 


Asics, Gel Trainers, £70

 


5. The hat

CP Company Goggle Knit Hat

 

Hats are the easiest shortcut for adding instant, easy cool. This one from CP Company is on our wish list, worthy of a cult following all by itself.


CP Company, Goggle Knit Hat, £95

 


6. The fleece

Tog24 Chilton Knitlook Fleece Hood

 

Ah, the fleece. Your former self would have laughed that the most ‘dad’ of fashion choices would end up as a trend item. But now all the cool kids are wearing them so future self, you should too.


Tog24, Chilton Knitlook Fleece Hood, £95

 


7. The tote

Albam Utility Classic Tote Bag

 

Where once you’d only be seen with a tote if you were helping your girlfriend shopping, nowadays a tote is bona fide cargo for men. Hold it by your side for the most part and pair with your equally cool wide trousers (see above), socks and plimsolls.


Albam Utility, Classic Tote Bag, £39

 


8. The Western boots

Dune Milling Western Boots

 

Go for a heel. We know it may sound unconventional but take a look at street style from Pitti Uomo and you’ll see a Western mood taking over the fashion set. Plus, a Cuban heel adds a few extra inches, just saying. 


Dune, Milling Western Boots, £130