The Great British Summer of 2016 is almost upon us – and judging from the events we have lined up on this year’s T.M.Lewin social calendar, men across the United Kingdom will be stepping up their style game. Whether you want to watch gentlemen participate in umbrella jousting or catch a movie under the stars, you’ll be suited up for summer.
The Nomad Cinema
Various locations, London
22 May – 24 Sep
Kicking off with 2007’s coming-of-age flick Juno on 22 May, London’s best outdoor cinema will be popping up everywhere from the foot of Wembley Stadium to the deer-grazed grasses of Bushy Park. Highlights include Hollywood classic Breakfast At Tiffany’s – a serious source of style inspiration.
Chestertons Polo In the Park
Hurlingham Park, London
3- 5 June
Nowadays, dressing for polo has become a lot more relaxed – but this doesn’t mean you can show up wearing shorts and trainers. While you can always fall back on the fail-safe trio of a pair of chinos, a polo shirt and blazer, mixing up your outfit with a tweed jacket would be a very dapper choice.
London Collections: Men
180 Strand, London
9 – 13 June
For the modern British gent, this biannual men’s fashion extravaganza – attended by buyers, stylists and press from over 50 countries – is the ultimate opportunity to strut your sartorial stuff. If you’re a man who likes to be noticed, you’ll be competing with droves of dandies and hipsters (as well as the impeccable David Gandy) each flaunting their individual interpretation of the latest menswear trends.
Pitti Immagine Uomo
14 – 17 June
And after the last male model walks off the catwalk at London Collections: Men, the sharply-dressed crowd begins their migration to Florence’s Pitti Immagine Uomo, the menswear trade fair which attracts clothing connoisseurs from all across the continent. Besides making sure you’re plucked and preened to the nth degree, Pitti’s must-have accessory is a pair of sunglasses – not only to protect your eyes from the sun, but also to shield your eyes from the amount of flagrant finery on show.
14 – 18 June
With the return of the UK’s most prestigious horse racing event, London’s Waterloo station transforms into a sea of women attempting to navigate their way through the crowds without toppling over from the weight of their flamboyant fascinators and hats. Luckily for us men, dressing for Ascot involves an unburdensome combination of a morning suit and top hat – and at T.M.Lewin we offer the easiest way to build your race day outfit.
Taste Of London
Regent’s Park, London
15 – 19 June
To be quite frank, food is the only reason to attend Taste Of London – fashion has nothing to do with it. But with delectable delights from the capital’s culinary institutions like the City’s Duck & Waffle and dinners hosted by renowned chefs like Michel Roux Jr, quaffing a flute filled with bubbly while wearing a suit and tie just feels better.
Henley Royal Regatta
29 June – 3 July
If you’re lucky enough to nab tickets to the exclusive Stewards’ Enclosure, a dress code of a lounge suit, or jackets or blazers with a tie or cravat is strictly enforced. But this formality doesn’t stop men from forming a full-on parade of colour – no vivid shade or hue is off-limits here. For easy ways to brighten up your wardrobe, click here.
The Championships, Wimbledon
29 – 12 July
Although the real action at this world-famous tennis tournament happens on Centre Court, the surrounding stands are guaranteed to attract your eye to some of the best-dressed men on the planet. Among this pack of Panama hats, detail doesn’t go unnoticed – for some perfect racket-themed accessories, click here.
The Chap Olympiad 2016
Bedford Square, London
If a place exists where it’s possible to reach peak gentleman, the wonderfully eccentric Chap Olympiad is surely its epicentre. Organised by The Chap Magazine and hipster hangout Bourne and Hollingsworth, London’s wildly eccentric festival sees men sporting only the dapperest of duds while partaking in unabashedly posh events such as breadbasket ball, passing the port and umbrella jousting.
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
Cowes, Isle Of Wight
6 – 13 August
First held in 1826, Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is the oldest regular regatta in the world. From the docks to the decks, sailing wear is the most appropriate look; however, as soon as the sun sets, yacht club balls are traditionally a black tie affair.
Now that you know where to be seen in 2016, you’ll need a wardrobe to match – to make sure you’re on-trend for this season’s social calendar, our summer collection has everything you need to look the part.
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