Bigging up British basics

I’m in the more is more camp. So it may surprise you to find me posting a piece about a line of luxury basics.

Even the word – basics – brings me out in hives and reminds me of my seriously unfashionable pregnant days when the most adventurous I got was substituting a black stretch maternity dress for maternity-waistband leggings (except for my one ‘going out’ look, an oversized pinstripe Marni dress that…well, who knows where it is now…luckily no longer in my wardrobe).

So. To Sunspel. And the most wonderful basics that can be worn in the most wonderful way.

Here are my top 3:

1. The ‘loopback track pant’ – cinched at the ankle and slim in the leg. Great with sneakers or flip flops (if you live in hotter climes) and a scruffy T or a bit of slouchy cashmere.


Loopback track pant. Image courtesy of Sunspel

2. A massive, chunky, ‘cellular knit’ navy blue scarf. 100% wool – and not itchy at all.


Sunspel scarf & shirt, trousers by Folk. Stan Smith trainers

3. A crisp white oxford cotton grandad shirt, oversized but slim through the arms and shoulders. Céline for less anyone?


Sunspel grandad shirt. Folk trousers. Stan Smith trainers

A few more things about Sunspel.

It’s been around since 1860. It’s a British brand. And it’s one for the boys too. A Sunspel gift voucher is just about the most useful thing you could get for a guy.

Their collection with JW Anderson (who used to consult for them) was wonderful and I’d love to see them collaborate with more/other interesting names in the future…Emilia Wickstead…Richard Nicoll…I can think of several…

If you are simply too much of a die-hard fashion fan to shop for ‘everyday clothing’ as Sunspel call it, you might be swayed by the fact that Dover Street Market saw fit to showcase the brand in New York last month.

Sunspel Dover Street

Sunspel installation at Dover Street Market NY, Nov 2014

I’m afraid I have yet to find out whether their sea island cotton briefs are £85-good but if I do you’ll be the first to know.