Craig of That Dapper Chap attend the Next Summer press day to see what trends and styles are coming our way this summer.
|What do I pick for that forthcoming city break to Marrakech?|
|The new range for Summer 2016 from Next|
It admittedly felt a little odd perusing rails of summer clothing on a cold and wet February afternoon, but it did get those memories churning of hot summer nights, and city breaks to warm and wonderful places, of sipping cocktails with the sun on your face, and al fresco dining. Roll on Summer!
|Straw hats are still big news this summer|
As always next have considered all options for us and have created a great collection of classic menswear. The big trends from Spring continue into the summer months and lightweight cloths are key here.
The colour palette is warm but muted in stones, khakis and greys. A splash of vibrant indigo here and there adds that summer element and reminds us of cloudless skies over the Med.
|A lightweight stone grey suit, perfect for warmer days|
|Loafers continue to be a hot trend as are knitted ties|
There’s a military look creeping in a little too, yes, I know that a lot of menswear has it’s roots firmly planted in military soil, but Next are offering us a more ‘obvious’ look with khaki fatigue pants and shirts with twin breast pockets. Attention!
|As always the food at the Next press day was delicious!|
|A casual look that I styled ready for an evening walk on the beach|
|Rails of menswear for the new season from Next|
Tailoring from next is a bit more relaxed this summer. Fabrics are textured and lightweight so look for something with a more interesting fabric to be totally on trend next season. Add in a knitted tie or a fine gauge knitted or jersey tee and your relaxed but elegant look is complete.
|A textured blazer in a warm muted natural colour|
|Rails of summer, just waiting for you|
|Tones are paired back and natural|
|Don’t forget to accessories to complete your look|
|Mannequins dressed for warmer months|
|The stone coloured denim jacket is hot this season|
|Textures loafers reign supreme in footwear|
|Sumptuous sandwiches at the Next Press Day|
Footwear sees the loafer reign supreme for another season, whether tasseled, apron front, or plain, choose a textured material. Something in suede will look great or an embossing on the leather is very cool too.
Alternatively choose a trainer to wear with your suit. These are looking a touch more formal this season and are coming in interesting fabrics, and can look great when added to a less relaxed outfit.
|More loafers, this time in indigo suede|
|My favorite suit from the collection, styled for summer. Marrakech maybe?|
So, whatever you choose to buy for your summer wardrobe make sure you take a picture and add it to Instagram and tag that_dapper_chap and NextOfficialMan. Or add it to Twitter and tag thatdapperchap and NextOffical