By now, your heavy
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.
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).
& 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
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
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.
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
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
such as these
Ray-Bans. Wear the jacket undone with navy pleated
shorts and espadrilles for ultimate beachside cool.