A summer evening soirée can be a difficult event to dress for, not least because the dress code is usually left unsaid and lingers around the vague, all-encompassing ‘smart-casual’. To be safe, always go on the smarter end of the spectrum and, during warmer climes, that means linen blazers, cotton chinos and elegant accessories. From Rubinacci to Anderson & Sheppard, there is certainly no shortage of brands to choose from, ensuring you can rest easy and enjoy your refreshing cocktail of choice.
I am not naturally social. Small talk does not come easy and although I have a little bit more to say for myself than when I was a drama student in Bristol, I still get that sinking feeling when I show up to a room and there isn’t anyone there that I know. One thing that always provides a good dollop of confidence in these circumstances is the knowledge of being well dressed. Coordinating and considering what you will wear in such a way that doesn’t overpower the room, but is clearly considered and, most importantly, fits, is enough to perhaps strike up a conversation with a complete stranger. These three are a good start, the clothes take temperature into account, the blue is never going to be an attention seeking but the lighter rounds off a coordinated ensemble. Just keep an eye out for people who need a light.
There are few things in life more satisfying than idly basking in the slow evening sun, chatting to friends or making new acquaintances while slaking one’s thirst with an ice-cold Negroni Sbagliato or three. Hence it’s always imperative to be dressed in a way that is both approachable and chic. Serendipity has a knack of rewarding the well-prepared, so this summer I’ll be borrowing from a Neapolitan palette courtesy of Rubinacci, offsetting the house’s white ‘Manny’ pants with a striking blue cashmere blazer and cashmere pashmina for when the evening draws in. A tonal blue polo shirt or fine-gauge pastel knit would complement the ensemble perfectly.
When it comes to summer and attending evening parties, I always try to make it seem as though I’ve put in very little effort but aim for maximum results. The secret to that, I strongly believe, is keeping things very simple, so stay clear of drawing attention to one’s self and avoid pink and purple like the plague. As is the case with the joyous season, a sensible approach to fabrication is advised and what’s better than seersucker and linen, care of G. Inglese and Anderson & Sheppard, respectively. Well-made, simple and effective clothing that says a lot without doing much.
Gone are the days of cosy campfires, that leave your chunky layers of jumpers smelling of smoke. With the balmy season comes copious cocktail parties and corresponding ensembles. Light colours and fabrics are always a safe bet (just beware of any red wine spills) and Enlist and Anderson & Sheppard make perfect use of cotton and linen with straight leg chinos and a grandad collar shirt, respectively. Conclude with a pair of exclusive George Cleverley Blue Riviera Suede Loafers – they’ll also double as a fail-safe talking point throughout the evening.
The best part of summer for me are those long evenings spent outside in the sun with a cold drink in hand. Whether that be a smart cocktail soirée or just a casual evening with friends, it’s imperative to dress for the occasion. A comfortable linen or cotton-linen blend shirt will start you off right such as Chester Barrie’s blue and white stripe version. Crafted in England, the shirt features a single patch pocket, single button barrel cuffs, mother of pearl buttons and a button-down cutaway collar for a sophisticated touch. Pair with navy chinos and sunglasses so you don’t have the hassle of squinting through your Aperol Spritz.