With this week set to be a scorcher, it looks like we've well and truly hit Summer. Our range of durable yet breathable summer staples are holiday-ready. Sure, we can’t escape to a beach in Mahon or the hills of Ravello, but we can bring a little SIRPLUS wanderlust to our May bank holiday. Refresh your wardrobe with our pick of the coolest shirts and bring the travel to you.
Plus we’ve got some fresh, light, 'first days of summer' recipes to quench your thirst for that city break in the comfort of your own garden (or balcony).
The Summer Shirt Guide
Under any name - whether it’s a camp collar, revere collar or the Guayabera - Cuban shirts could have written the handbook on how to look great but stay cool. Our Cuban shirts stick close to this heritage, inspired by and maintaining all the form, function and flow of a traditional - with the modern architecture you can expect of SIRPLUS. Plus we’ve got an option for every wardrobe, in super-lightweight fabrics.
Need a Hawaiian shirt to survive the heat? Well, look no further. Named after an island paradise, the Oahu brings you a taste of Hawaii’s colourful nightlife and speaks to the crystal-clear waters of pacific beaches. So when the heatwave comes to Hampstead Heath - you’ll be well prepared.
The Tresco and Fantasy Land are both bold prints that take inspiration from botanic borrowings from the tropics. These impressive prints sit perfectly at an al fresco birthday or picnic in Greenwich Park.
If you need something decidedly more urban, the Positano is right at home on the cobbled streets and potted balconies of a city. A watercolour painting of the magical Italian coastal town printed on soft and fluid EcoVero, a sustainable fabric made from renewable wood pulp, well suited to an espresso on the garden furniture. Good book optional. Closer to home we’ve got London fields - a reminder that it’s the love letter to London we can read time and time again, and that’s not a plane ride away.
Crafted from a crisp organic cotton-linen blend, the Kaftan is the epitome of considered yet casual summer dressing. A relaxed take on our classic overhead shirt with an all-new Mandarin collar, our staple Pale Blue Mandarin Kaftan is the ideal weekend BBQ wear. Hailing from travel destinations off the beaten track, it has the sturdiness and breathability for any adventure - even if it’s just to the local farmers market.
For a more direct approach, the Luanda has an all-over floral pattern inspired by African wax prints - so you can bring some of the safaris to your next excursion with the family pooch. We recommend Blackheath - London’s answer to the savanna.
And if the weather decides to disappoint, you can still keep the sunshine vibes coming and add a little structured layering. Lightweight jackets are essential, allowing us to be prepared for any eventuality in the unpredictable British summer.
Pair our summer shirts with a Cotton Chore Nehru Jacket or waistcoat and you’ve got a winning combination. Rendered in sturdy 100% cotton twill they make the perfect lightweight travel partner, with enough pockets to carry the essentials, so you can focus on that ice cream. Made in England, but paying homage to the french boxy, workwear-style cut, it brings the Parisian mini-weekend to you. So make a pilgrimage for some croissants. Plus, as a great unisex item, it means next year you can save on packing...
The Perfect Bruschetta
The perfect bruschetta is so much more than just toast. With simple main ingredients, it’s a lightweight, refreshing lockdown friendly recipe. On the dinner table with a glass of wine or taken to the park to spruce up your leftovers, imagine yourself on a Tuscan weekend away.
What you’ll need
- 600g (about 4) tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 8 slices of bread (we recommend sourdough)
- 2 garlic cloves
- A handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
- 1 tbsp red balsamic vinegar, plus more to serve
- Sea salt and black pepper
- Combine the tomatoes and basil leaves in a small bowl and drizzle in the olive oil and vinegar. Season generously with salt and a little pepper and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Toast the bread until golden on both sides but still quite soft in the centre, in a toaster or grill pan.
- Crush the garlic cloves lightly and rub over the surface of the toast.
- Pile the marinated tomatoes on top of the toast and drizzle with more oil, salt and some chopped basil to taste.
You can also add a tbsp of pesto or mozzarella slices to the toast before adding the tomatoes.
Strawberry and Rosemary Gin Fizz
A simple and refreshingly crisp cocktail that features the best of British summertime. The perfect patio-side beverage, BBQ cooler or lockdown dinner for two accompaniment. Get a little fancy, with none of the hassles.
Here’s how to make it:
- Dice a handful of fresh strawberries (or any berries you can get your hands on) and add them to a blender or cocktail shaker.
- Pour 1 and a half shots of gin in with the strawberries (don’t worry, you need extra because the berries will soak up a lot!) and a small sprig of rosemary.
- Muddle or blend the strawberries, rosemary, and gin thoroughly together.
- Strain into a cocktail glass, top with Prosecco or soda water, crushed ice, and stir.
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, and a slice of strawberry on top.
If you have more time on your hands, soak the strawberries overnight with some rosemary sprigs and sugar.