By now, your heavy tweeds and flannels should have been collected from the dry cleaners and put to bed, only to wake up when the leaves start to float down towards the damp ground come autumn. Sartorially speaking - and I'd bet that many men would side with me - I prefer winter dress due to its richness of tone and invitation to layer. That said, summer dressing isn't without its upsides. Lightweight, neutrally-toned tailoring is one of the season's great pleasures, as it offers an opportunity to look sophisticated and feel utterly comfortable, a combination that winter attire doesn't always afford. If you’re struggling with how to approach summer tailoring take inspiration from these looks below.
Whether you're attending the Henley Royal Regatta in July or not, there is definitely something dashing and flamboyant about traditional boating attire (when we say 'boating' we mean observing people in boats while reclining on a grassy bank with six litres of Pimm's cup to hand). New & Lingwood provides this classic striped and piped rowing blazer which allows you to fit in seamlessly. While it's a bold choice, pairing it with a cream trouser will downplay its strikingness. Slip on a pair of penny loafers from Edward Green for a smart and considered public school aesthetic and you’ll be perfect for Henley.
When the mercury starts rising, there’s no better cloth than linen. Chester Barrie’s brown Prince of Wales check linen single-breasted blazer is a highly versatile option thanks to the cream, brown and black tones, which work with a variety of accompanying tones. Paired with a denim polo from Naked Clothing and an Indian-inspired blue pocket square louchely stuffed into the breast pocket, you’ll have a sporty look that’s fit for country drives and garden parties.
It goes without saying, but unlined jackets are a summer essential. They provide unrestricted movement and above all, breathability, which is key in warmer weather as no one likes a sweaty chap. Opt for this beige double-breasted unlined cashmere jacket from Lardini, and wear it with a white linen shirt from Santillo 1970. Bring the two together with a blue geometric motif silk tie from Edward Sexton, applied with a proper knot, for a look that shows an implicit understanding of sprezzatura.
Rubinacci’s unlined double-breasted beige cotton jacket is this season's equilibrium between smart and comfortable. The unlined body keeps you cool whilst the double-breasted silhouette allows you to appear more formal. Sport a pair of navy high-waisted Hollywood linen trousers from Edward Sexton for breathability and English elegance. Finish off the outfit with a pair of Rubinacci’s Belgian Marphy loafers in blue suede with brown leather piping, and you’ll have an outfit that can see you from a long lazy lunch to an evening at your club.
If you happen to be lucky enough to find yourself on the shores of the Mediterranean, you will require a jacket that doesn’t restrict or inflict spontaneous combustion. In steps G. Inglese's double-breasted white and blue-stripped cotton jacket. This lightweight and comfortable jacket would work best with a plain white T-shirt and a pair of stylish sunglasses, such as these Ray-Bans. Wear the jacket undone with navy pleated shorts and espadrilles for ultimate beachside cool.