MAKE MINE MAL­IBU

The beach bum look is hot – here’s how to wear it

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1. HAT

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

4. T-SHIRT

A plain white crew-neck is a fail-safe base layer, al­though sun­nier colours can work. Peach cot­ton T-shirt, £40, by Stüssy

5. SOCKS

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

6. JUMPER

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

8. SUN­GLASSES

Go for Way­farer or round styles and avoid chunky frames and om­nipresent avi­a­tors. Brown sun­glasess, £205, by To­mas Maier

9. TRAIN­ERS

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

11. WATCH

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

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