Stripes are a great summertime buy. We featured a recent spread with a lot of exaggerated striped silhouettes: tight trousers, body-con blazers, and shirts with Breton stripes that most people think of as oh-so-Frawnch. This particular striped offering has a new silhouette and is fashioned in a lightweight knit for the summer months, but isn’t so hard to match. A plain vest underneath will leave you even cooler underneath the linen separate.
On my weekly Oak browsing, I caught a view of the navy-and-white Utility Shawl Collar Cardigan. The 100% linen cardi is unisex, with drooping patch pockets and an overall generous drape on the frame. A five-button closure makes it great to wear on a gusty boat trip, on the beach, or while night cycling, and its fairly simple shape will catapult it to 2012, if you take care of it well. As someone who regularly kills garments before their lifespan is up, I can recommend some tips: wash on cold & delicate, soaking first with spot treatment if necessary. Lay to dry flat on a towel, and don’t assume your cleaners/fluff ‘n fold will keep it safe. An obvious first choice would be jeans; I’d like to see it with flat-front shorts and boat shoes. [$158 at oak]