A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE FOR SUMMER DRESSING
o dress appropriately in the peak of summer, a combination of comfort and style is key. The components you need to take into account are colour, material and fit.
Light colours reflect heat and darks absorb, so think bright and light if you want to stay cool. Spice things up with boldly patterned shirts but match with plains, so as to not overdo it. Plains do not have to be dull though; a rainbow-like colour choice is available in the trouser department nowadays and I say go for it!
Cotton and linen are ideal for their lightness and breathability. On the occasion when a suit may be required, avoid anything that fits with too closely. You may opt for a tailored look but always demand a cut that allows for a little circulation so the body remains cool and keeps unsightly perspiration marks at bay. Try something in fine, crisp cotton or, my favourite, seersucker.
Two is the magic number when it comes to the amount of buttons undone on your shirt, we are not on Strictly Come Dancing here chaps! If you have somewhere formal to attend opt for something that is casual but crisp to add a touch of understated class, you can’t go wrong with a white linen shirt.
James Dean | Rebel Without a Cause (1956)
If you want to display a masculine leathery tan, a simple white tee has been considered the epitome of casual cool and remains a safe but classic choice ever since James Dean made it iconic in Rebel Without a Cause. It still looks timeless with a pair of lightweight trousers. My recommendation – our Jeano in sand or the delicious toffee.
René Lacoste, Le Champion Français | Lacoste Tennis
French tennis player, Rene Lacoste (the chap brandishing the tennis racket above) made the polo shirt a staple of every man’s wardrobe. Because Polo shirts still have a collar they are regarded more formal than the T-Shirt and can be worn easily from day to evening, so ideal for drinks on a summer's evening or indeed a spot of tennis.
Shorts are the obvious choice when the temperature rises but please avoid those awful ones with lots of pockets. A good mid-weight cotton chino short will stop you looking like a scruffy Herbert in this more casual of garments. For those who could take the grand prize in any ‘Knobbly Knees’ competition, stick to chinos in light or super lightweight cotton.
So, there are the basics chaps, but take a wander through our pages to find everything you’ll need to turn your summer clothes into summer outfits. Be it a jaunty cap, a silky pocket square or an excellent pair of shoes. Pick and choose the pieces that add your own twist to classic gentlemen’s outfitting.
Comment down below and tell us who’s your summer style hero?