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How To Dress For The Summer We Have, Not The Summer We Want

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It’s not all swim shorts and sliders, you know. Discover Port's edit of the best luxury summer staples from MR PORTER to cater for every eventuality.

Summer is undoubtedly the season that we look forward to the most, not only from a sartorial point of view but from life itself. After months spent in hibernation dreaming of the days you’ll feel the sun on your pallid legs again, it’s all barbecues, sandwiches on the beach, hotly anticipated annual leave and sun, did we mention sun? However, you may have noticed from looking out the window that the summer we conjure up in our heads on a cold February morning doesn’t always translate into the summer we are bestowed. Not every day will turn out to be a scorcher and you won’t be on holiday nearly as much as the volume of loud short sleeve shirts you’ve purchased would initially suggest. But don’t let a little thing like the reality of a British summer put you off living la vida pina colada – there are plenty of exciting ways to instil your wardrobe with holiday feel-good and be prepared for the down days too. And from our experience, you’ll find the majority of them at MR PORTER.

Come rain, cloud, blazing heat or thunderstorm, summer is still the time to have fun with your clothing choices. But please, don’t lose sight of your shopping senses in search of a good time. Cheap thrills are rarely worth it and you’ll get far more enjoyment from focusing on fewer quality staples you’ll turn to again and again – of which MR PORTER has many. Prints, colour (of both sun-bleached and bold variety), materials and textures are all part and parcel of the warmer months and don’t have to be reserved for your holiday packing list. That carefree attitude can extend to lightweight knits, sweatshirts, shackets, trousers and other more practical pieces better equipped to deal with those moments that have you quietly questioning whether it could officially be described as ‘cold’ yet.

With high summer in full swing and the forecast remaining uncertain, we at Port want to ensure you cover all bases when it comes to your summer dressing. Here are just a few suggestions for an every-eventuality capsule wardrobe, featuring ever-exciting brands such as YMC, Bode and the retailers own line, MR P. There are the heatwave classics – shorts, sunnies and linen aplenty – alongside pieces more tailored towards a summer here in the UK, such as cotton trousers, mood-boosting jumpers and seasonal shoes that aren’t sandals. All chosen to keep you in high spirits, even in low temperatures.

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The Perfect Polo

Mr P.'s shirt is crochet-knitted from cotton in a loose stitch which naturally makes it a little thicker - and therefore perfect for overcast days - but still breathable.

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£245.00
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For Show, Not Sun

Part of a MR PORTER collaboration with Cubitts, these 'Herbrand' sunglasses are made from lightweight acetate with an army-green shade makes them easy to style for pop of colour on days where there is none.

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£125.00
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The Summer Knit

Only available at MR PORTER, this Sunspel polo shirt is honeycomb-knitted from soft and breathable cotton and has an open collar for a relaxed feel. Ideal for days when a shirt offers too little, but a jumper would prove too much - style with light cotton or linen trousers for a laidback summer look.

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£275.00
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Wear The Trousers

If you actually spend your holidays exclusively in shorts, then save summer trousers for your home-based excursions. Offering more coverage without the extra weight, these are cut from an airy linen and cotton-blend that's perfect for wafting around in the warmer weather.

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£250.00
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A Cooler Cover-Up

'Karu' means 'artisan' in Sanskrit, a reflection of Karu Research's dedication to craftsmanship. This chore coat is trimmed with a hand-crocheted collar, that's made using traditional techniques passed down through generations. Layer yours over T-shirts and tank tops when temperatures fail to live up to your summer expectations.

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£440.00
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Say No To Jeans

Cut from a cool and relaxed cotton-blend, these neutral-toned straight legs are the antidote to denim in summer. Make a straight swap with your usual jeans for a seamless summer upgrade.

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£210.00
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Check Mate

If your head gets hot wearing a hat on a sizzling day, use the down days to flex more of your accessory know-how. This checked bucket hat is really rather nice with a white t-shirt and black trousers.

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£50.00
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Time For A Long Sleeve

Lengthen the sleeves, lighten the fabric and you've got an effective way to wear shirts without excessively sweating your way through summer.

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£125.00
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Instant Sunshine

Temperature wise, save thicker crochet knitted polos like this for the low 20s. The vibrant orange, however, will portray the illusion of at least the mid 30s.

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£225.00
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Instant Sunset

This shirt-jacket hybrid is woven with a bold motif inspired by the sunsets in the Southwest. Throw on for instant afterglow.

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£365.00
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Get To Work

As a reminder, you still have to go to work throughout summer - and for those commuter days, we present Mr P.'s cotton twill trousers in a subtle summer-appropriate pink.

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£165.00
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A Thing Of Beauty

Drawing inspiration from a 19th centuty quilt, BODE's artisanal patchwork jacket is made from cotton and printed with vintage calicoes. For when you want to bring the aesthetic from your Ibiza getaway back to Blighty for a nippy evening out.

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£1,700.00
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The Sandal Alternative

Invest in a pair of quality clogs and you'll be able to rely on them for many summers to come. Officine Creative's 'Agora' pair has been crafted in Italy from leather that'll comfortably mould to your feet over time - they'll also fare far better than suede in an unexpected downpour.

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£237.00
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Lighter Than Light

It can be hard to strike the balance between necessary coverage and feeling bogged down with fabric in the warmer weather. This YMC jacket manages it perfectly with a poppy botanical print and a super-light canvas that looks excellent worn open over a white tee.

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£225.00
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Complete The Look

Even better with the matching shorts, of course. Style the two together for an effortlessly put together look that works whatever the weather.

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£145.00
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Smarten Up, Summer Style

Unstructured and linen are two buzzwords when it comes to surviving a summer wedding without breaking into sweat patches that might end up immortalised in the happy couple's official photos. Sweeney's classic double-breasted suit jacket has been cut in Italy from the lightest, breathable fabric imaginable, in a comfortable, non-clingy fit.

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£1,695.00
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Linen Gets Smart

You'd be a fool not to complete the set with the matching linen trousers. They're pleated through the front for a classic look and have adjustable waist tabs to customise the fit without a belt - ideal if you want to wear anything other than a brown shoe.

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£495.00
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Box Fresh

Fresh wipe-clean white trainers will brighten up any rainy day look, and it's no secret that Axel Arigato's slimline leather designs are amongst some of the smartest.

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£200.00
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Truly Essential

Versatile, minimalist clothing never goes out of style, whatever the season. This light knitted polo sweater comes in a luxurious neutral and has dropped shoulders to emphasise an oversized shape that perfect for slinging on over whatever you're wearing when the weather turns.

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£140.00
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Knees Up

Shorts and summer go hand in hand, but if the idea of getting your thighs out anywhere but sand-filled shores makes you feel uneasy then simply add some length. These wide-leg 11/11 shorts dance around the knee for all the extra coverage you need.

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£230.00
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Mood-Boosting Layers

Summer is a state of mind, and with a watercolour scene of cowboys riding around California's Mojave Desert, this exceptional canvas jacket delivers an idyllic summer wherever you are in the world.

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£375.00
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Well Cut Classics

When the season isn't 'seasonsing' to your liking, find comfort in the classics. This stripe tee is about as nice a staple as you can get, cut from heavyweight cotton-blend jersey.

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£65.00
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Smart Casual

The look of linen with the creasibility of cotton - these might just be the ultimate summer trousers. The creased design keeps these on the smarter side, perfect for dressier events, but there's nothing stopping these being paired with a casual tee and trainers.

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£335.00
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