Summer is all about fabrics that are just a touch absurd. From seersucker to patchwork madras, warm weather gear is often as lighthearted as it is lightweight, but nothing mirrors the jovial summer spirit quite like terry cloth. After all, what else is simultaneously as summery and as nonsensical as wearing a towel disguised as normal clothing?
As evidenced by the above shot of Sean Connery in a terry cloth onesie (undoubtedly one of James Bonds most regrettable outfits), during the sixties this fabric was primarily used for outlandish leisure wear. Fortunately for us all though, brands such as Orlebar Brown and Engineered Garments have recently begun to rethink this ultra-soft fabric, bringing it from the pool deck to everyday life.
With their tailored terry cloth polos these labels have dipped their toes into the pool of toweling textiles with far better results than Bond’s zip-up playsuit. Their relaxed pullovers are still undeniably luxurious with the added benefit of not like looking an over-sized OshKosh B’Gosh onesie. Sorry Connery, even icons make mistakes sometimes.