Delivering a soothing array of subdued pastel shades and a plethora of refined silhouettes, Paul Smith’s SS19 collection not only reveals the Nottinghamshire born designer’s eye for razor sharp tailoring, but his affinity for high quality everyday pieces that stand the test of time. Offering up a well-rounded line-up that encompasses everything from pull-over hoodies to denim, Paul Smith bolster out their already impressive offering of contemporary clothing with a significant dose of both classic sign offs and fresh design iterations.
Kicking things off with the cornerstone of any good wardrobe, the overshirt is one of, if not the most, versatile pieces of clothing you can have at your disposal. Toeing the line of smart/casual styling with pinpoint precision, they bestow those fortunate enough to have one in their possession with the keys to almost infinite outfit possibilities. Thanks to their ability to be layered with ease, diverse degrees of practical pockets and knack for taking on just about every material on the market, it really is easy to see why the ‘shacket’ continues to dominate the top-half arena.
Showcasing all of the above, this overshirt from Paul Smith utilises a selection of woven cotton panels to create a contrasting patchwork outer, deploying subtle variations in patterning to produce optical illusion inducing levels of visual appeal. Bolstered out with a slightly enlarged front button fastening and workwear inspired chest pockets, it performs particularly well when paired with your favourite short sleeve attire during the hotter months. Teamed up on this occasion with a classic Paul Smith polo shirt, which displays the unmistakable striped zebra motif to the chest and against a fresh lemon colourway, and you have yourself a match made in heaven for summer excursions.
If you find yourself facing the same unpredictable weather as those of us who reside in the UK, then you might also prefer to keep your trusty pullover hoodie close to hand. Made from an organic cotton much, like many of Paul Smith’s recent output, the hoodie boasts all the traditional trimmings, such as an adjustable hood and ribbed hems, but instead opts to remove the somewhat expected kangaroo pouch pocket in place of an internalised storage compartment for a more streamlined appearance.
What trip to the seaside would be complete without a delightfully put together vacation shirt? A must have when the temperatures rise, they manage to capture visions of simpler times spent sipping cold drinks within an arm’s length of your nearest body of water. Keeping things uncomplicated for easy pairing this particular specimen from Paul Smith does away with bold prints, instead opting to let its quality Portuguese craftmanship, camp collar and split hem do all the talking. Of course, we don’t all have the luxury of a pavement cracking sun at our back, so for those of us tackling slightly brisker climates a t-shirt placed tastefully underneath, such as this soft cotton jersey striped one, gets the job done very nicely without losing any of that oh so important beach-ready
appeal. Shop the latest Paul Smith SS19 arrivals online now at Aphrodite.