Playful, relaxed and a touch nostalgic, The Armoury’s spring-summer ’21 look book recently dropped and, as you’d expect, it’s a deft exercise in styling your high-summer wardrobe.
Moreover, it speaks to a conundrum that we all face as we start thinking, tentatively, of a return to the office in the coming months—even if only for a few days a week; Does it make sense to pull out your sharpest three-piece suit and dress up again, or stick with the comfortable, casual aesthetic we’ve all grown used to during the pandemic?
The Armoury has decided—quite sensibly, we think—that the reality of life after lockdown will involve a bit of both extremes. Jim Parker, the brand’s sales and merchandise director, explains: “This new look book is an extension of what we’ve been talking about as a team for the last year or more. We’d been quietly pushing into more sportswear pre-pandemic, and the last 12 months have just accelerated the process.”
Even so, Parker maintains that suiting still has its place, and that returning to the right kind of tailored pieces after a winter in pajama shirts and sweatpants is an exciting prospect. “Tailoring is getting more relaxed, for sure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear tailored clothes and look really sophisticated,” he says.
With this goal in mind, here are Parker’s pointers for shaping a post-pandemic warm-weather wardrobe.