All things considered, the Brits taught the world two great lessons: How to brew great beer and how to dress with attitude. From creamy oatmeal stouts to the classic Burberry trench, English gents have long set the standard in living fashionably. It’s no wonder, then, that Ben Sherman’s latest mod-inspired attire captured our attention. Launched in 1963, the Brighton-based clothier was an immediate hit with the Stones- and Who-loving hipsters of that era, and Sherman’s reinvented Clerkenwell Collar Shirt mixes the best of those amphetamine-fueled times with today’s preference for slim-fitting threads.
The Clerkenwell mimics the same cotton patterns favored by the indie youth of early 1960s London. It honors that era’s penchant for a no-frills design, but gets a modern update with a bold buffalo check that’s wider than was common at the time. Button up a Clerkenwell and you’ll see it embodies casual style without pushing the carefully disheveled look too far. So wear one with jeans and a pair of well-worn cotton-canvas sneakers. Take it for a spin on the weekend, head to a local concert, and relax with a cold beer in hand. It’s the English way, but it works for the rest of us, too. [$150; bensherman.com]