What the stylish chap should be wearing this bank holiday

You want to be smart yet cool, timeless but modern, comfortable yet prepared for any occasion, writes How To Spend It magazine's Jonathan Futrell. You want to be the best dressed at the do. Wear all five, or any combination, of our recommendations and you can hold your head up at any bank holiday event - and then some!


Image: linen blazer, £275, and suede perforated jacket, £375, Reiss, available at Fenwick Kingston, Newcastle and York

The bomber jacket

The most versatile casual item in any man’s wardrobe, and the most on-trend male garment this spring/summer.

In cotton, wool, leather, suede or even knitted, a simple waist-length, zip-up jacket that can be dressed up or down to suit any situation.

Good for Steve McQueen and good enough for you.

Suede bomber jacket, £375, Reiss

Available at Kingston, Newcastle, York

The button down shirt


Ever since Miles Davis wore a button down on the cover of his 1958 Milestones album, the classic soft-collared shirt has been worn by all well dressed men from JFK to the stars of Mad Men.

Great with a tie, or undone and casual, the button down says style - in spades.

Shirt, £93, Filippa K

Available at Bond Street

The crew neck sweater


Ideally in cable knit for that sporty, Ralph Lauren / Hamptons / Henley look.

When it’s chilly it’ll cut the mustard worn over a shirt (better still with a knitted tie), or when the sun’s out on its own for that scrunched-up-sleeves easy masculinity.

Cable knit, £225, John Smedley

Available at Bond Street, Kingston,  Newcastle

The flat-fronted chinos


The classic mid-weight cotton slacks, traditional in sand/beige but more common nowadays in navy, pink or pale green, fill the gap between tailored trousers and jeans.

Relaxed enough for the riverside, and smart enough for the cocktail lounge.

Comfort super chinos, £130, Gant

Available at Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, York

The desert boots

If a man could only have one pair of shoes, it should be a pair of desert boots - aka chukka boots, named after the six periods or ‘chukkas’ in polo matches.

In suede or tan leather, with a Dainite rubber or crepe sole, ankle high, with two or three rows of eyelets.

Elegant, relaxed and perfect with chinos or jeans.

Arliz desert boots, £89, Kurt Geiger

Available at  Bond Street, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells

By Jonathan Futrell