The key to summer capsule dressing is having fewer items but choosing them well, so think quality, fit and colour when making selections. 

Working with a limited and harmonious colour palette is a great hack for beginners, allowing all items to be effortlessly mixed and matched, which will come in handy as the madness of silly season and New Zealand finally reopening arrives. 

A sprinkling of black or navy, denim and neutrals is hard to beat – paired with white cotton or linen shirts and tees, depending on the occasion. 

If you’re looking to give a nod to the latest fashion trends in menswear, you’ll notice suit pants are wider, 70s redux is upon us, and baby pink is having a moment. But if you ask me, gents can’t go wrong with the classics. 

Dadelszen Alain silk and cashmere polo, $1090 from Faradays
The new era of luxury for Auckland continues with the launch of Parnell’s Faradays (which opens on November 11), an online and retail emporium introducing some of the world’s most coveted brands, including Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Loewe, Alaïa, La Perla and Giuseppe Zanotti. The 550-sq-metre venture is the brainchild of fashion trailblazers Edward and Constance von Dadelszen, known for their eponymous label. Shop

Crane Brothers ivory Dresano Pegaso herringbone linen suit, $2595
This Italian-made linen suit from Crane Brothers is dapper, swoon worthy and heat-appropriate. Mix and match the jacket and trousers or wear them together for an impactful summer look. Make a strong negroni and imagine yourself cliffside on the Amalfi Coast. Shop

OAS beige Machu Cuba terry shirt, $167
If you haven’t checked out Swedish resort brand OAS yet, do so. Their timeless beach shirts, towels and trunks have a relaxed, retro ease to them, with terry towelling the fabric du jour. Shop

Maggie Marilyn Somewhere men’s track shorts, $165
Maggie Marilyn has just launched her first foray into menswear with a seasonless, evergreen range designed to simplify the art of getting dressed. It includes tee shirts, tracksuits and button-down shirts. Shop

Oliver Peoples O’Malley round-frame tortoiseshell sunglasses, $564 from Mr Porter
I am forever partial to timeless, classic eyewear on a man, and a heritage round shape is my favourite. The tortoiseshell O’Malley from Oliver Peoples is a fine example of a style that will flatter most men and pairs beautifully with neutrals and denims. Shop

Bandana swim shorts, $149 from Workshop
A versatile addition to any closet, these recycled polyester swim trunks have a modern, relaxed fit, with an elastic waist. Great in the water, yet smart enough to pair with a button-down summer shirt as you hit the city streets. Shop

Burberry TB logo baseball cap, $346 from Mytheresa 
Any day now, our very own Burberry retail store will open in Newmarket’s Westfield, and we can’t wait. The store will showcase Burberry creative chief Riccardo Tisci’s wonderful take on the heritage brand and even stock New Zealand exclusives. Until then, we’ll have to get our Burberry fix elsewhere. This cap is classic, sporty and low key and a great addition to most outfits. Shop

Gucci Elea GG rubber slides, $601 from Matches 
The Gucci GG mules have taken the world by storm, with most variations of these rubber slides sold out in days. Elevate your mid-summer shoe game, park the sandal and nab a pair of these while they’re still available. Shop

Zambesi signature bag, $195
You’ll want to be ready for spontaneous beach swims or BBQs this summer, so invest in a chic tote to hold your towel and swim trunks, and a lightweight knit for later. Shop

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