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FIFTIES FLAIR

How to tackle spring/summer’s huge retro trend? Think pastel prints, preppy silhouettes and relaxed tailoring with unexpected modern touches. Menswear editor Ian Wright takes a sartorial look back at the fun-loving Fifties

 

PRINTS CHARMING

Whether spots or checks, flora or fauna, bold prints are an easy nod to a retro look, while bright colours are very much spring-ready – just the thing to kick-start a host of easy, off-duty looks

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SHORT CUTS
Choose a short-sleeved shirt with a boxy cut to pull off this look successfully. Washed-out hues have a certain retro charm

BUTTON UP
Fasten shirt buttons right to the top and pair with a jacket in a satisfying tone-on-tone colour to create a considered yet effortlessly relaxed look

PURPLE REIGN
Gingham checked shirt
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CHECK MATE
Unashamedly bold, a multicoloured check is easily toned down by a neutral V-neck tank top – another classic
Fifties staple

LOOK-AT-ME TAILORING

Blazers go bold for summer – think traditional decorative patterns and textures in punchy
colours and blown-out proportions

FRESH PERSPECTIVE
When subtlety is needed, an exaggerated windowpane check feels fresh and interesting without being too over the top

HE’S ELECTRIC
A tactile seersucker fabric reimagined in a bright Fifties blue sets this blazer apart

A BLAZER WITH BITE
Houndstooth check jacket
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VERY BERRY
Expand your sartorial repertoire with a raspberry-hued textured linen jacket that boasts genuine retro appeal – especially when teamed with a knitted polo shirt

KNITTING PATTERNS

Fifties knitwear styles are brought up to date with quirky modern touches. Look for textural contrasts, colour-blocking and playful prints, which add an extra dimension to everyday knits

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CHECK IN
Houndstooth works equally well on knitwear – the contrast sleeves and crew neck nod to classic Fifties styling

Photography: Tomo Brejc / Styling: Olie Arnold / Grooming: Amiee Hershan at Stella Creative /
Models: Isaac Carew at Nevs, Tom Strangwick at Supa

KNIT WITS
Play with textural contrasts – consider combining marled, flecked or mottled knits with tops in equally intriguing weaves

ANYONE FOR POLO?
Knitted polo shirt
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ROUGH DIAMOND

This is an Argyle pattern with attitude – the raised edges of the diamonds take a humble knitted polo shirt into new territory

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