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This week, the stuff we can't wait to wear out of lockdown. Not long now!
Charlie Teasdale Style Director
"Oh lord, there’s lots of things that I long to wear, but really I just long to have a reason to wear them. Mad shirts, for example. My wardrobe is jammed with billowy bois in shiny fabrics and gaudy prints, and officially, I’m free to wear them whenever I want. But what’s the point when I’m in a cold, dark flat, sipping my third zero per cent beer?
"No, what I long for is context. I want to be outside a Soho pub, the warm sun just dipping out of sight, a dusty breeze drifting through the streets. That’s when all those shirts come into their own, and that’s the scene getting me through this exceptionally bleak and lonely hour."
Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor
"I'd like to say I'm leaving lockdown a changed man, but that would be bullshit, frankly. Long nights in with a few resistance bands have been some of the most wholesome (read: dullest) nights of my entire life, and I fully intend to Uber-hop from pub to pub to party to Sunday morning panic on that blessed day when the sun rises over this Pfizered, promised land once more – and I'll be doing it, again, in a rugby shirt.
"A piece offered up by menswear's predisposition with privileged Upper East Siders, the rugby shirt is perfect for those summer nights when you forget that, actually, the UK isn't quite Key West, and you need something that's a bit warmer than a T-shirt. With Heresy, it's also relatively affordable, really local with its Peckham HQ, and really great for semi-hiding the inevitable 7pm pint that I strangely can't hold onto properly. My friends will look on at me and smile with their eyes and whisper 'never change'. Probably."
Finlay Renwick, Deputy Style Editor
"So it might not happen until Autumn 2023, but in my mind the Great Unleashing, the Summer of 10,000 Lagers, the Big AstraZeneca Bacchanal will occur sometime around June, which is summer, and I want it to be a big one with bigger outfits.
"Step forward a mad pair of faded grandma curtain-print trousers by Noah. I’ve done printed shirts and fun sunglasses and tie-dye and loafers, but I want to wear it all at once, like some kind of colour-blind toddler who spends too much time on Instagram moodboard pages. I want to dress like an old, withered ex-heroin addict who has moved to Marrakech; an eccentric aunt, an expensive clown. Will it look good? How dare you ask me that! I have no idea."
Dan Choppen, Fashion Assistant
"A party piece is more than just a slightly crazy silk shirt or an exaggerated Cuban collar magnifico. It can also apply to the bottom half of your summery fit. I can’t see myself going all out when things begin to slowly return to normal – no flowy Hawaiian shirt with too many buttons undone for me. No sir.
"My focus will most likely be on my feet, with a nice pair of quietly flashy boots with a good heel. Our Legacy have their Camion boot in olive leather that sits well against their grungy-luxe aesthetic, but it will also work just as well with tailoring for any special evenings to come. If these are too Dirk Diggler-y for you, then the Blundstone dress series offers a similar vibe."
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