Style Edit: The Best British Luxury Staples

Richmond Ii Penny Loafer, Crockett & Jones

Crockett & Jones Richmond Ii Penny Loafer

Loafers can be worn in a multitude of ways, and Crockett & Jones’ Richmond II Penny Loafer features a ‘city’ rubber sole giving it a slightly more urban feel. Compatible with most outfits, it’s up to you where you go and what you get up to. We say adopt a rock ‘n’ roll mindset and tear up the town.

£425, available at

The Grosvenor Slim Umbrella, James Smith & Sons

 James Smith & Sons The Grosvenor Slim Umbrella

James Smith & Sons is an institution and if you haven’t had the chance to visit its umbrella emporium on New Oxford Street, you must. Filled to the rafters with the finest umbrellas, there’s something for everyone. If you can’t get to the shop, we’ve earmarked this elegantly crafted umbrella that will give you that London look.

£135, available at

Checked Twill Overcoat, Mr P

Mr P Checked Twill Overcoat

Checks have been used to represent clans and houses for hundreds of years; that said, most recently they’ve been used predominantly as linings for outerwear, as well as the tonal checks often used in overcoats. This bold contemporary style from Mr P is bringing the check to the forefront. Using key colours in the pattern’s design, you can easily pair with a host of outfit options.

£395, available exclusively at

Torrington Oxford Brogue, Loake

Loake Torrington Oxford Brogue

A classic city look, brogues are a distinctly British icon. A pair of black brogues especially, paired with a double-breasted suit, epitomises that old-world look. These brogues from Loake have a more refined shape with an almond-shaped toe, giving it a contemporary feel ideal for the gentleman who likes a slightly more tailored leg in their suit.

£360, available at

Grey Slim-fit Pleated Prince of Wales Checked Wool Trousers, Denis Frison

Denis Frison Grey Slim-fit Pleated Prince of Wales Checked Wool Trousers

Nothing says British style more than a Prince of Wales check. Every discerning gentleman needs something in his wardrobe made in the quintessential fabric. These trousers by Denis Frison include adjustable waist tabs and a higher waistband so you can wear the trousers neatly on the waist for an accurate traditional fit. Pair with matching jacket and black Oxford shoes, otherwise complement with a cashmere knit.

£500, available at

Cashmere Quarter Zip Jumper, Luca Faloni

Luca Faloni Cashmere Quarter Zip Jumper

A decent quarter-zip jumper is a great transitional season garment, perfect for relaxing in as well as layering with tailoring. You can even get away with pairing with a shirt and tie. Luca Faloni uses exquisite cashmere resulting in some of the best knitwear on the market and in turn leaving you comfortable and stylish in equal measure.

£275, available at

Finchley Long Sleeved Sea Island Cotton Polo Shirt, John Smedley

John Smedley Finchley Long Sleeved Sea Island Cotton Polo Shirt

A long-sleeved polo shirt is a perpetual British must-have. A timeless classic that can be easily worn dressed up with tailoring, or paired with stone-washed jeans, loafers and mac for a casually smart, nonchalant look. To achieve the full British look with attitude, button up to the top.

£170, available at

Butcher Stripe Cotton Shirt, Emma Willis

Emma Willis Butcher Stripe Cotton Shirt

Bold stripes help you stand out, not for the faint-hearted but effective nonetheless. When worn with a bold tie and paired with a grey flannel suit and braces, you’ll be harking 1960’s City trader vibes. Alternatively, you can wear with a cable-knit jumper for a country-inspired relaxed elegance.

£240, available at

Sea Island Cotton Pleated Trousers, Sunspel

Pleated trousers offer a roomier fit while keeping in line with a more traditional style of tailoring. This contemporary option from Sunspel is a perfect example of adapting for today’s mobile gentleman who demands something versatile to complement their wardrobe. Made in luxuriously soft sea island cotton, this trouser is pure comfort.

£295, available at

Navy Slim-fit Wool-blend Blazer, Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a British tailoring success story. He’s definitely come a long way since his early days in Nottingham, now one of the most important fashion labels in the world. Luckily the quality and approach hasn’t altered, with his philosophy of ‘classic with a twist’ still holding strong to this day. This blazer is made with in that vein, with lightly padded shoulders and featuring a wealth of pockets, making it ideal for commuters and travellers alike.

£850, available at

Dr. No Blue Cotton Shirt, Turnbull & Asser

Turnbull & Asser Dr. No Blue Cotton Shirt

The James Bond franchise is a national institution that has been championing the very best of British style for years. It can also be credited as being an ideal reference point for style enthusiasts wanting to imitate their favourite British Secret Service agent. This particular shirt was made specially for Sean Connery for the first film in the franchise and has become an iconic design featuring two-button turnback cocktail cuffs. Martinis at the ready.

£195, available at

Limited Edition Silk Tie, Shaun Gordon

Shaun Gordon Limited Edition Silk Tie

Hand-made in London and championing British style, Shaun Gordon is your destination for necktie inspiration. His ties are made with a range of limited edition fabrics so you can be assured of something unique. Perfect for pairing with a range of shirting and tailoring. Be sure to follow him on Instagram for a first-hand account on British style.

£109, available at

Spirit Double Breasted Jacket in Wool/silk Blend, Richard James

Richard James Spirit Double Breasted Jacket in Wool/silk Blend

If you didn’t already know, the double-breasted jacket is a surefire British tailoring staple. Traditionally made with a more structured shoulder and canvased chest, today’s varieties are cut from a slightly more relaxed soft-tailored block. However, the spirit stays the same and the sharp, clean lines with peak lapels give the double-breasted its iconic look. The patch pockets on this Richard James version stop you looking too much like a mafioso.

£895, available at

Striped Button-down Oxford Shirt, Stenstroms

Stenstroms Striped Button-down Oxford Shirt

You can’t go wrong with a button-down shirt. A striped shirt can quite easily cross over to a casual option and holds well around the neckline when the collar is buttoned up to the shirt. When worn with a tie you can achieve a variety of looks depending on the choice of tie and jacket – you’ll have a carousel of options. Knock yourself out.

£139, available at

Lubalin Graphical Egyptian Cotton Socks, Pantherella

Pantherella Lubalin Graphical Egyptian Cotton Socks

Exposing a bit of a colourful sock has always been a good way to elevate plain suiting. Therein also lies the risk of falling into the trap of the garish and unflattering. Go for an alternative striped sock for a more informed sartorial look, such as this particular style from favourite Pantherella. The contemporary stripes and graphical blocks will give you a sophisticated edge while nodding to a more playful side.

£15.50, available at

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