The idea of the capsule wardrobe is one we’re constantly drawn to. There’s something about the ease of curating a selection of interchangeable pieces, and the way this simplifies getting dressed.
With a well-chosen wardrobe, you could get dressed in the dark and know you’ll look sharp. Easier still is when you can head to one brand in confidence, knowing it produces everything you need. Enter Stenströms. The Swedish brand has been producing quality shirts, trousers and tees since 1899, with its eponymous founder August Stenström priding himself on kitting out clients who lived in, or passed through his home town of Helsingborg.
August started out small when he first began in 1899. But a business which clothed friends and locals quickly expanded with the rush of sea captains and tourists who would begin to pass through the town in the early 20th century. Stenströms expanded quickly with its own factory, and the company’s reputation for outstanding quality and perfect fits soon spread around the globe.
Today, the brand is known just as much for its knitwear and trousers as it is its button ups. The range is vast, encompassing everything from resortwear to tailoring to casualwear staples.
For summer, Stenströms has curated the perfect capsule wardrobe. Its selection of linen shirts can be thrown on over everything from chinos to shorts, while its summer weight field jackets and overshirts are ideal for transitional weather, working with jeans and tailored trousers alike.
If you’re stuck for warm-weather inspiration, these three outfits from Sweden’s finest will have you covered.
Shorts & Shirt
While you might think your long-sleeve shirt works best with trousers or chinos, sometimes it’s simply too warm. This isn’t an issue though, as shirts can work just as well with shorts.
Stenströms’ range of linen button-ups look particularly elegant when paired with its cotton terry shorts, which are lightweight, relaxed and incredibly comfortable.
Try an dark green version with the sleeves rolled up, and finish with a pair of navy shorts for a simple, effortless look that will keep you looking and feeling cool.
For something slightly heavier than a regular shirt, but not as heavy as typical outerwear, try one of Stenströms’ overshirts. This particular one comes with a sleek, tailored fit alongside four front flap pockets, which give it a clean, workwear feel.
It’s perfect as a lightweight travel jacket, and is a natural pairing for tucked in T-shirts and tailored trousers. For the latter, this pair comes with a comfortable drawstring waist and slimline cargo pockets for an added touch of utilitarian flair.
If you can’t wear pattern in summer, then when can you? You might, like us, tend to stick to minimal, tonal shades of navy, black and grey during the colder months, but why not switch it up when the mercury rises?
Stenströms has a wide range of classic white and light blue shirts, but its expertise also extends to vibrant colours and patterns. Take the brand’s light green floral Cuban collar shirt. It’s been hand-finished with flora rendered in cotton towelling for a textured finish.
Alternatively, there’s the madras-style shirts with their colourful check patterns and lightweight linen fabrics. Team them with tailored chinos for smart-casual events or dress them down with shorts for a sophisticated vacation look.
A paid partnership with Stenströms – words and opinion Ape’s own.