Yes, according to the Sunday Times Style supplement, or more specifically, Tom Stubbs (the writer of the Men’s Style section), this summer, we’ll all be desperate to look like Paul Weller or Mick Talbot (“circa Long Hot Summer/The Paris Match”).
To quote the article…
“Whatever angle you approach it from, the key components are posh Riviera gear; double-breasted linens with scarves tied like giant cravats, nifty striped blazers garnished with bright pocket squares and teamed with chinos, old-school collegiate sportswear and matching resort wear in exuberant colour schemes. There is even a nice use of shoulder jumpers and tiny shorts.
For the Weller look, add a French jazz twist in the form of a summer mac, and get involved with natty jackets in stripes or seersucker, plus a fiesta of quality loafer action. For Hercule (Poirot), give it more of a more cocktail-wear slant. Watch Evil Under the Sun and be inspired by the parade of sartorial immaculate conceptions. Poirot wears some lovely three-piece affairs and has a neat line in one-piece swimsuits. So there you have it: French cafe culture as done by Weller and his curly-haired friend, or pre-war Brit lux courtesy of Agatha C.”
Not sure I agree with the Poirot bit and some of the look mentioned is a bit too flowery for most – but you can’t deny that Weller circa TSC was his sharpest era – and you have to encourage a return to such a stylish look.
And while you’re at it, dig out your old Style Council LPs – they’re a lot better than you might remember!