A tonal wardrobe where everything is interchangeable makes getting dressed easier, from white and ivory through to taupe and brown, it’s a palette that works all year round. Beloved by celebrities, neutral shades semaphore luxury and effortless style, see Chris Pine arriving at Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently in a silky beige lounge set. It’s no coincidence that arguably the best menswear wardrobe on TV – George in Netflix’s Beef, played by Joseph Lee – features more than one tonal neutral ensemble (shout out to the cream fleece look!) and an array of covetable knitwear, including a beige tie-front cardigan by Japanese brand Batoner.
Get the minimal look for less with YMC’s Earth collection, comprising timeless staples made using natural, organic or recycled materials, and Gant’s vacation edit ticks all the right boxes. On the high street Arket (1, below) has nailed the Scandi meets Calabasas look, only it’s machine washable, ditto John Lewis’s carpenter jeans (2), the quality of which belies the price tag. Layer up shades with a tank top under a blazer (yes, vests are back) or an untucked shirt under a sweater. Mix in darker colours like Topman’s broderie anglais shirt (5) or try head-to-toe monotone – if you’re somewhere sunny, white always works. Don’t forget the crisp trainers, keep them looking boxfresh with Crep Protect shoe wipes (£7).
1. Cardigan £89, shirt £55, and trousers £79, all arket.com
2. Jeans £40, johnlewis.com
3. Blazer £199, massimodutti.com
4. Trousers £89.95, massimodutti.com
5. Shirt £38, shorts £36, Topman, asos.com
6. Bag £60, Klättermusen, matchesfahsion.com
7. Vest £49.99, zara.com
8. Stan Smiths £110, adidas.co.uk
9. Blazer £89.99, and trousers £39.99, both reserved.com
10. Fleece £139, Universal Works, endclothing.com
11. Trainers £145, newbalance.co.uk
12. Shorts £59.99, zara.com
13. Jacket £405, holzweileroslo.com