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.
Tom Chamberlin, Editor
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.
Ryan Thompson, Digital Editor
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
Browne, Online Editorial Associate
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.
Megan Plenderleith, Copywriter
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.
Online Editorial Assistant
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