As the temperature rises, it’s time to shift a wardrobe gear into high-summer mode, with a looser and cooler fit and fabric. After the popularity of last summer’s new-look linens, Mayfair tailor Turnbull & Asser is releasing a collection of three styles of striped linen shirt today.
The aesthetic is vintage and continental, inspired by the kind of clothing you might find in French markets, but produced – meticulously – now with the bold stripe pattern rendered in the weft rather than warp, making the weave softer. The shirts (£215), in variations of blue, pink, yellow, green and white colourways, will be available until the end of July in limited editions of 50 of each.
“I have always loved discovering vintage workwear in French markets; the garments last and look better with age,” says Becky French, the creative director of Turnbull & Asser. “This collection was inspired by workwear cloth – fine ticking stripes and bold deck stripes, in natural fibres. I wanted to add this texture and pattern to update our linen shirts, using our new less formal collars – or no collar at all. Summer shirts need to be versatile and these can be worn for smart occasions or thrown on for the beach.”
This new collection represents the core of any summer wardrobe, and styles perfectly with lightweight tailoring, casual denim or tailored shorts. It is the essence of a hot European summer.