Passport to style

Sunspel’s summer wardrobe is ready to take you wherever you’re headed

Style 25 Mar 2024

Passport to style: Sunspel

Sunspel prioritises versatility, lightness and comfort in its SS24 collection

At its best, travel can make you question things. It can open perspectives and broaden your view of the world, whether through food, people or Instagrammable views. But, when it comes to questions, there is one that never changes, and it pops up before you even take off: what should you pack? The location and purpose of your trip will always dictate what fills your suitcase. But regardless of where you’re heading, versatility, lightness and comfort remain priorities.

When planning your trip’s wardrobe, it pays to consider fabric. Unless you’re jetting to the Arctic, light, breathable fabrics made from natural fibres are key. They’ll stop you from overheating as you pass through airports, in and out of taxis and on walks through the city. And due to their light weight, they’ll roll up and pack small, allowing you to fit more into your luggage. Fabric has always been front of mind for British heritage brand Sunspel, and with its considered new spring/summer range, packing for a trip away has never been easier.

A key piece in the collection is the Travel Wool two-piece suit. Those who travel for work will understand the pain of creased jackets and crumpled trousers, and the stress of trying to steam them on the go. Sunspel’s suit alleviates this concern. It’s cut from a high-twist Italian wool, which has been specifically designed to avoid creasing. Remove it from your suitcase and it will bounce back into life, its lightweight, textured weave giving no sign of the punishment you’ve subjected it to. It’s unstructured, with no padding in the shoulders or chest for a natural look, while its classic two-button front, patch pockets and notch lapels ensure it can be dressed up or down. Wear it to a meeting with a classic white shirt and tie. Then, later on, swap the collar for a T-shirt and the loafers for trainers and you’ll be the best-dressed guy at the bar.

Travel Wool two-piece suit in dark stone melange, £950; Sea Island cashmere crew neck jumper, £325
Travel Wool two-piece suit in dark stone melange, £950; Sea Island cashmere crew neck jumper, £325

The beauty of such a suit is its versatility. The trousers come with a flat front, a mid-rise and a straight, tailored leg. This ensures they can be worn separately from the matching jacket, perhaps with a knitted polo or Cuban collar shirt. Similarly, the jacket can be paired instead with navy trousers or even jeans, so you effectively have four or more looks in one two-piece.

This adaptability is true of the rest of Sunspel’s SS24 collection, making it ideal for travels close and afar. The brand’s staple pieces include its made-in-England T-shirts and Riviera polo shirts. The T-shirt, in particular, stands out for the light weight and luxurious feel of its Supima cotton, which has been selected from a single Californian farm. Handmade in Sunspel’s Long Eaton factory, the brand’s been perfecting its design over 100 years, and today it’s an unrivalled base layer.

A range of newly developed styles are equally considered. There’s the stripe camp collar shirt, which is cut from Italian cotton, and the open stitch polo shirt. Made in Portugal like the majority of the range, its chunky knit has been woven to replicate meshes found in the brand’s archive. As such, it’s got a vintage look that works with tailoring and casualwear alike.

Elsewhere in the range there’s the print collaboration with artist Katie Scott, who’s applied her floral designs to shirts and shorts. Particularly useful for travel are the brand’s overshirts, which come with twin chest pockets, ideal for storing passports and wallets. Swap out the blazer and wear one of these with the travel suit trousers for an easy smart casual look.