Step away from the pyjamas and casual loungewear, it’s time to style yourself for the new post-lockdown normal. Here’s everything you need to do to emerge out of lockdown looking the bee’s knees.
Hello, world. As lockdown rules continue to ease, many of us are starting to go back to work and plan some memorable summer evenings with long-lost friends and family.
For most of us, the last time we walked through the doors of an office, we were still donning our pea coats and thick turtlenecks. Since then, spring has sprung, and summer has arisen. Men’s fashion has skipped a couple of chapters and entered a new normal.
In this article, we try to shed some light on post-lockdown men’s fashion and give you some valuable styles to ensure you emerge out of hiding looking a million dollars.
The principles of post-lockdown men’s fashion
We’re now in summer, so it’s time to adjust your wardrobe and prioritise certain garments. When choosing an outfit for work or social events, think about these basic post-lockdown fashion principles:
- Keep it light – the weather is hot, so stick to lightweight silk or cotton for a super-light, absorbent solution.
- Ditch the backpack – park walks and back garden BBQs will require you to bring a few bits around with you. So, ditch the backpack and go for a military-style canvas or leather tote.
- Swap lounge shorts for fashion shorts – please, please, please leave the lockdown loungewear shorts at home and pick up some fashionable chino ones. You can dress it up with a blazer and shirt or stick to a polo.
- Be colourful – post-lockdown men’s fashion is all about expressing yourself. So, pair your staple investment pieces in solid colours with a bright shirt, pair of shorts or shoes. Think cobalt, mustard and jade green with soft neutrals like grey or camel.
Top post-lockdown men’s fashion essentials for summer
Cro Jack Harrington Jacket
Inspired by the 1960’s Mod revolution, the Harrington jacket still remains a staple in any gentleman’s wardrobe.
We particularly like Cro Jack’s navy one, made in England and with a slim fitting. It’s ideal for cool summer evenings and rainy days.
Monaco polo shirt
With many local businesses struggling during the lockdown, now is the time to support them. So, if you’re looking to make a few wardrobe upgrades, support smaller independent men’s fashion shops.
One of our favourites is Benedict Raven. With many stylish clothing and footwear for gentlemen, there’s plenty to choose from. However, it’s there Monaco Polo Shirts that are going to be a key purchase during the hotter months. Coming in burgundy, navy, grey and black, these solid colours can be used in many smart and casual looks.
Percy Stride Oxfords
Come rain or shine, never forget your pair of Percy Stride Oxfords. Handcrafted to order, every design is unique and made to elevate any look.
Contrary to belief, Oxfords are an essential part of summer style. So, you can forget about the lockdown sandals or slippers and step foot into the new world looking like a dapper chap.
Beaufort & Blake linen shirt
During the spring and summer months, linen shirts are an absolute must. They’re smart enough to accompany a suit jacket for business attire and simple enough to wear with a pair of shorts on a warm summer (socially distanced) stroll around the park.
London’s Beaufort & Blake have a fantastic range for your wardrobe, made from 100% soft, breathable linen with a classic collar and long sleeves. Roll them up when you get hot and bring out your favourite pair of chino shorts. It’s a practical and versatile purchase designed to suit many styles, which is imperative when budgets are tight once the recession kicks in.
While your outfit choice might be essential, don’t forget the importance of grooming. The days of ghastly ungroomed beards and walking around talking to a volleyball called Wilson are well and truly gone.
If you want to keep a beard, tidy it up with a pair of scissors, a comb and a splash of Haeckels Hydrating Beard Oil.
Otherwise, dust off your razor and get to work. Here are some quick tips to help you achieve the perfect shave.
How to achieve the perfect shave
- Start by washing and exfoliating your face with warm water to soften the hairs and remove any toxins hiding in your skin. One of the best pre-shave exfoliators for men is the Clinique Exfoliating Tonic.
- Use a quality shaving soap in a wooden bowl (like this) for ease and a nicely weighted razor like a Chrome and Rose Gold.
- Let the razor glide over your skin without applying too much pressure.
- Rinse your razor with water and allow it to air dry. Avoid manually drying it with a towel, as it could damage the blade.
- Rinse your face with cold water and moisturise with 89 Aftershave Balm.
As for your barnet, there’s not a lot you can do until barber shops get the thumbs up. However, if you’re feeling brave, you may want to give yourself a DIY trim. For style inspiration, check out our list of 6 Elegant Men’s Hairstyles For 2020.
See you on the other side!
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