STYLE TIPS FOR A GREAT BRI­TISH PIC­NIC

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Wicker ham­pers filled with beef and mus­tard sand­wiches, plump straw­ber­ries and thick wedges of rich, dark fruit cake. Bright ging­ham rugs spread over ver­dant, freshly-cut grass and the gen­tle sounds of leather on wil­low float­ing by. This is the quin­tes­sen­tial Bri­tish pic­nic. While this may be a tri­umph of hope over ex­pe­ri­ence (the Bri­tish weather hav­ing the pre­dictable habit of be­ing rather un­pre­dictable) we have nev­er­the­less pulled to­gether the per­fect out­fit for gen­tle­man pic­nick­ers to bask in the sum­mer sun­shine.

LINEN SHIRTS

In­stantly soft and re­laxed, noth­ing says ‘sum­mer’ quite like linen. Smart, yet ef­fort­lessly cool, the nat­u­ral prop­er­ties of this pop­u­lar sum­mer fab­ric will keep you look­ing fresh and stylish in the heat; the per­fect choice for sea­sonal al fresco din­ing.

COT­TON SHORTS

Just the ticket for un­wind­ing out­doors, cot­ton twill shorts can be eas­ily teamed with any top of your choice. Re­laxed and com­fort­able (should you need to en­gage in an im­promptu game of Fris­bee) there re­ally is no other con­tender.

DECK SHOES

Boast­ing nau­ti­cal ori­gins, the deck shoe has be­come some­thing of an all-round sum­mer clas­sic when it comes to gen­tle­men’s footwear. The smart choice for a ca­sual event they work per­fectly with cot­ton shorts and a linen shirt to fin­ish off a flaw­less pic­nic out­fit.

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