Why We’re Fully Behind The 1980s Beach Club Look

May 2016Words by Mr Adam Welch

Mr Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in Cocktail, 1988. Photograph by Alamy

We can scarcely believe it, but it’s happening. After a thoroughly weird April and May – full not just of the obligatory showers of rain, but hailstorms and snow – it finally seems like the summer is kicking into gear. And, given the weather's ridiculous unpredictability up until now, it feels like we should really be grabbing summer by the horns. Before it's all over. Which is why we at MR PORTER are recommending jumping into the Caribbean beach club look (as modelled spectacularly by Mr Tom Cruise, above, in the 1988 film Cocktail) with reckless abandon from now onward. No hat is too big. No shirt is too Hawaiian. In short, nothing less than complete commitment to the cause will do. Below, we highlight the three best ways to do it, via choice picks from items currently available on MR PORTER. Slip on a few of these, and then switch on our Exotica playlist for the appropriate soundtrack to accompany. A cocktail with some kind of large fruit and a mini umbrella in it is not really optional. 

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