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Men’s summer wardrobe foundations

Curate the perfect men’s capsule wardrobe with our M&S Icons: wear-forever foundations you’ll turn to time and time again

The linen suit 

A summer capsule wardrobe should consist of high-quality essentials to keep you looking cool when it’s hot. A linen suit will see you through all your summer events in style and comfort. This linen suit has an easy-to-iron finish, so you’ll stay looking crisp all day long – no need to worry about creases. The fabric has been crafted by specialist Italian mill Nova Fides and has a smooth, supple finish.

Cut to a classic tailored fit, our linen suit has a single-breasted design and traditional peak labels. Matching trousers and a waistcoat are available and are made from the same easy-to-iron material. We’ve got a great range of smart shirts and ties for special events – tuck a pure silk pocket square into the jacket pocket to elevate the look one step further. Swap the shirt for a t-shirt and add white trainers for another way to wear the linen suit that still looks suave and is great for summer parties.

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The linen shirt

Eazy breezy linen is a great alternative to cotton when the mercury starts to rise. Our linen shirt is breathable and has clever Cool Comfort technology, which keeps you cool and dry even on humid days. Plus, the easy-to-iron finish makes caring for your new shirt a breeze.

A white linen shirt is an effortless summer outfit idea, no matter the occasion. Wear with cream chinos for smart warm weather work look. Wear it open over a t-shirt with shorts for weekend adventures, like BBQs and garden parties. We also love a white linen shirt on holiday, so make sure there’s space for it in your suitcase. Wear with printed swim shorts to go from beach to bar.

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The easy knit

It may be summer, but light knitwear should still have a place in your capsule wardrobe for cooler days and evenings. Machine washable and tumble dryable, our easy knit has a smart half zip collar and is made from a super fine Merino wool for ultimate softness and breathability.

Throw the easy knit on over summer t-shirts and shorts for an extra layer on summer evenings. We’ve also been wearing ours with these slim fit stretch chinos, which are made from a luxurious fabric from Italy, for an effortlessly put together look for work. But the clue really is in the name: this is a wardrobe essential that will go with pretty much anything. What’s not to like?

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The essential shorts

You’re guaranteed to wear shorts all summer long, so a good pair is well worth investing in. Our essential shorts are made with CoolMax Core technology to keep you comfortable in the heat.

Add a smart twist to shorts by pairing with a knitted polo shirt, like this silk and cotton blend zip neck polo. Complete the look with leather sandals for a sophisticated summer outfit. For summer holidays or more casual occasions, wear the shorts with a short sleeve shirt in an eye-catching print. Look the part in this botanical print shirt, which has been inspired by a design from our archives. We’re also obsessed with this cotton Hawaiian print shirt with a bold tropical design. Roll on summer holidays.

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The summer trainers

Put your best foot forward this summer with our summer trainers, which are made from responsibly sourced leather and have Freshfeet technology to minimise odour and maximise comfort.

We’re big fans of the minimalist design, which will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe and go with all your favourite summer outfits. They’ve already had five-star reviews, so add them to your bag ASAP.

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Words: Emily Sutherland

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