Kew Gardens

April 14, 2017


Jacket H&M Shirt Sunspel Trousers AMI Trainers Converse Pocket square Marwood

Spring, is that you? It’s been a long time since we could say it’s actually warm outside (in our heads) while stepping out the house. When this happened a couple weeks ago, Kew Gardens was the destination for Joe and myself.

All the way in zone three, Kew Gardens turns plant fans into plant obsessed and Londoners into green space enthusiasts. Though my enjoyment of layering is a fond one, sitting outside and enjoying a drink or two in a beer garden cannot be passed up and en route to Kew, that’s exactly what we did with no coat or umbrella in sight.

The aim of the shoot was to play around with the light. Inside the Palm House, shadows were appearing and disappearing throughout the afternoon and gave us that natural light that as bloggers and photographers, we crave.

Embracing spring with open arms, I was wearing a short sleeve Sunspel camp collar shirt. This style of shirt – also called Cuban and revere – is what I’ll be wearing all spring and summer. MR PORTER says that tropical prints are going to be trending everywhere and if I wasn’t sticking to a navy palette, I’d be reaching for my floral and palm tree prints. Regardless, subtle or print, a camp collar is a shirt style you should consider investing in.

It’s great to keep an eye on ‘trends’, but your main focus should be on your own personal style. I’m confident enough to say I’ve found mine, but dressing doesn’t have to be monotonous.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I don’t like wearing shorts. When the weather allows, I opt for trousers, specifically pleated. These AMI slim trousers are light and airy enough in warmer temperatures and I’ll make it my mission to find more trousers like this. Its no surprise MR PORTER includes them in the key trends for spring. I tried something different by tucking in a Marwood pocket square in my back pocket to break up my navy shades. Not everything has to be used for its normal convention.

Then keeping it classic I turned to Converse to keep me moving while walking around Kew Gardens and a jacket from H&M when late afternoon brought with it cooler weather. I’m enjoying being able to tick off new places. First it was Tate and now Kew. I want to go again because of the amount I didn’t get to see!

Joe talks about styling pink and light jackets over on his blog. He’s the cooler one of this double act we’ve managed to form this year.

This post is created in association with MR PORTER. However, all the views expressed are my own.


  • Reply Matthew Pike April 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Your take one Spring Summer vibes is spot on to your personal style. Big fan of navy, as you well know – it can look so classy, and for me it’s the perfect colour to base a whole look around. Props to Joe’s photographic eye on this one too, love it.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Thank you sir. I knew this navy would go down well with you! I don’t think I’ve asked, have you been to Kew Gardens yet?

  • Reply Shaun April 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I’m also not a fan of wearing shorts so I’ll be on the lookout for a Spring ready trouser or two. Love the pocket square in the back pocket idea. Strong imagery too 👌🏻 Great work guys!

    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

      I’m glad I’m not alone! I just never feel great in them and if the trousers are thin enough and the right shape, they’ll keep you just as cool. Cheers Shaun!

  • Reply Kosta Karakashyan April 18, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Love the dark tones and the location for this editorial! Trousers are making a big comeback for summer which is awesome. What do you think about the wide-leg trend?

    Kosta | Cool Gear Cavalier

    • Reply Jordan Bunker April 18, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Really appreciate that Kosta, thank you. Definitely, some people don’t consider trousers but if they are wide enough and allow ventilation (and of course a suitable material) they should definitely be considered. For me I can’t go too wide, but I do like it. What about yourself?

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