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The beach bum look is hot – here’s how to wear it
Go for a lightly scuffed regular baseball cap, or a five panel, but avoid snapbacks. Blue cotton cap, £42, by J Crew
2. PRINTED SHIRT
In a layered look, a bright camp-collar shirt brings colour but it needs to be loose. Green cotton shirt, £100, by The Kooples
3. DENIM SHIRT-JACKET
Could alternate with a slightly distressed denim jacket, or even a chore coat.
Khaki denim jacket, £170, by The Kooples
A plain white crew-neck is a fail-safe base layer, although sunnier colours can work. Peach cotton T-shirt, £40, by Stüssy
White classic “tube” socks are in — and they need to be Seventies’ skateboarderlong with a colour stripe round the top. White/tan cotton socks, £3, by Topman
Keep a light jumper to hand for when the wind gets up and clouds roll in — a tie-dyed one will maintain the summery look. Green/yellow/red cashmere jumper, £780, by The Elder Statesman
7. RAW HEM JEANS
Jeans with raw hems (the paler the better) are key to this look. Buy off-peg or trim an old pair yourself — a bit at a time, though. Blue denim jeans, £35, by H&M
Go for Wayfarer or round styles and avoid chunky frames and omnipresent aviators. Brown sunglasess, £205, by Tomas Maier
Dark or off-white, not too worn in. You’ll know when you’ve reached perfect tatter. Black canvas trainers, £50, by Vans
10. BEACH BAG
Phone, wallet, water, sun lotion, board wax — stow all your beach bum essential survival kit in an ultra-stylish backpack. Black/pink canvas-leather-nylon flamingo print backpack, £685, by Saint Laurent
A vintage Casio would work with such a casual look, but we’d plump for a classic Timex on a Nato strap every time.
Steel watch, £60, by Timex
For summer 2017, you should be dressing like a California beach bum; think surfer but with the aesthetic ethos of “American sprezzatura”. And since that means “studied carelessness”, there aren’t too many rules. Except these: no flip-flops, board...
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