Warmer temperatures are a now a daily reality. Naturally, a shift to more summer-weight appropriate clothing is in order. The idea behind dressing well during the warmer months isn’t wearing less clothing, but rather lighter pieces.
I find it refreshing, summer weight pieces, that it. Overall, the colors echo the more jovial mood the next few months have us in. Outdoor activities abound, as do World Cup gatherings, cookouts (hopefully lacking prepackaged patties), park concerts and vacations. Dressing well should fall in line.
Jacket by Acquaviva, shirt by Piatelli, pocket square by Drake’s of London
One mustn’t wear white bucks and seersucker (thought it is a smart combination) to truly embody summer. Unlined jackets and trousers in a variety of linen and cotton blends are undoubtedly the most aggressive ally against the draining heat. These fabrics breathe a bit more easily that their wool counterparts. The quarter lined jacket, above and below, is a lightweight wool. The minimal lining aids in the airiness necessary to survive during the next few months.
In addition to the lightness of fabrics, the color scheme is equally lighter and, perhaps, brighter than any fall offerings. The concept being that one is shedding the burdens of sub-zero temperatures. The color scheme is the same, but the hues are softer, like this blue jacket.
Jacket by Gant, shirt by Kamakura, tie by Polo RL, hat by Scala, cotton trousers by J.Crew, bag by Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, shoes by Howard Yount
The jacket is a cotton/linen blend and is quarter lined. The weight and shade of blue truly make this a spring/summer piece. A shade or two darker and the feel of the jacket would seem to heavy for the season, despite the weight. The pale grey cotton trousers echo the top half by playing into that softer tone, while still proving enough contrast.
Details like patch pockets and white buttons also add that casual element. For the more conservative circles, the essential components are the same: fabric choice, weight and lining, yet without the less formal choices.
Go sockless will add to the less restrictive nature of the season and will keep you a bit cooler. Linen and cotton, even shantung ties won’t keep you cooler, but they are a bit more fun than the standard printed silk varieties.
Some men chose to bulk up from January to now, seeing summer as an opportunity to display their toned physiques in tanks tops and shorts. That’s fine. If you’re not toned by now though, that ship has most likely sailed, and you may just have to rely on your wit, unlined fresco jacket and linen slippers to woo the fairer sex.
Either way, it’s a time to relax, even for a short while. That’s cause for celebration.