Summer men's trends to invest in now, from bucket hats to the freshest new scent

best bucket hats
ARTIST: Michael Bodiam SET DESIGN: Zena May Hendrick

Depending on your vintage, you'll hopefully have your own reasons for coveting the humble bucket hat. Children of the 1970s might dimly recall the doomed Lt Col Henry Blake of the TV series MASH, who personalised his with any number of fishing flies.

Orphans of the 80s Madchester scene will well remember the 'Reni hat' and its prevalence among the hoodied masses gurning along to The Stone Roses and their titfered ilk.

And now it's back again, long denuded of its military bearing (although khaki is still a favoured shade) and reinstalled as the hat of choice for travellers - a convenient, and packable, alternative to the panama or fedora.

Credit: Michael Bodiam

Clockwise from top: Reversible nylon, £200, Prada. Valentino cotton twill, £275, Mr Porter. Tech canvas, £315, Hermès. Burberry patent, £250, Browns Fashion.

Obligingly, fashion houses are offering myriad opportunities to stand out with a head covering that was originally designed to avoid rather than attract attention.

It's now as distinguished as the snap-brimmed straw trilby or eight-piece baker-boy cap - surely its only rivals for this summer's most desirable sun-beater.

The new scent of summer

£215 for 100ml edp; creedfragrances.co.uk

Run your eye over the ingredients of the new-season scents, and you might be forgiven for thinking you've been handed a cocktail list. Botanicals abound, and fresh, citrusy notes are challenged by an icy elan, the better for cutting through the fog of more sultry, all-weather fragrances.

Right on cue, then, is a new edition of Creed's all-conquering Aventus. Launched to celebrate the house's 250th anniversary back in 2010, its heart of dark fruit and Italian bergamot has now been 'refreshed' with a judicious blend of ginger, mandarin and pink peppercorn.

Hailed as a cult classic when it arrived in its original guise, expect Creed's latest iteration to waft in all the right places.

It's tee time

Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer 2019 Credit: Getty

Two strong trends are converging in a sweet spot that could be termed summertime formal. The first is the move away from restrictive clothing (say sayonara to bum-freezer jackets and cuffed trousers, and hello to something billowing or pleated); the second is the prevalence of diaphanous pieces that let the light in and the body beautiful shine out.

One result is gauzy, grown-up T-shirts that go way beyond the 'beach to bar' options of the unseasoned traveller. It's a mood picked up by Dolce & Gabbana, which has elevated the T-shirt using exquisite materials and a louche, seductive shape - pairing them with soberly shaded, full-cut pants. Suddenly, smartening up when the sun goes down has got a whole lot cooler.

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