I’m always on the move and have to be formally dressed. I am conscious of the summer heat — how can I stay cool and look good?
Look at creating a small capsule collection for summer. The words ‘Summer Wardrobe’, or even ‘Capsule Collection’, to most gents sound somewhat intimidating, almost effeminate and to the most conservative man, downright unnecessary. While many gents have moved forward in the last 10-20 years in terms of fashion and their understanding of it, for many an education on summer wardrobes or creating the perfect summer wardrobe is required.
Linen suits in light, earth/khaki tones are a great idea for summer. They’re cool, comfortable, and create a dapper elegant look when crafted correctly.
Pair a blue linen suit with a crisp white shirt and a pair of monk straps or go with a grey version for a more professional look. ‘De-layering’ is also an option. Think of pairing your waistcoat from your three-piece and your coordinating trousers with a sharp shirt and tie and you still look professional but you won’t feel as constricted or hot.
Choose fabrics that are a blend of Tasmanian wools in super 130s as they are a great all-season fabric. Tailored separates such as chino pants with a smart sports jacket can also keep you looking professional and cool at the same time.
Have a blazer crafted for you, which is unstructured and has no lining or a half lining allowing for the jacket to be lighter.
For a smarter casual look that can take you from office to a more social affair, a seersucker blazer in light blue for summer is ideal. When done right, it can be extremely dapper and sharp.
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The material is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, facilitating heat dissipation and air circulation. It also means that pressing is not necessary — so it’s perfect for travelling or if you are in and out of the car.
Gary Sweeney is style director at Ascots and Chapels, bespoke tailors. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.