Heat Wave

It’s starting to become that nasty time of year on the east coast when the combination of heat and humidity makes thinking about dressing stylishly almost a secondary concern. In my perfect world, it’s always October and 60 degrees; though we all know that the world is far from perfect. Keeping it light and simple—and accessorizing strategically and tastefully—is key for me in the summer heat.

Heat Wave - He Spoke Style

When the heat’s been on, I’ve been keeping it light and white so far this season. A lightweight button down shirt is a staple of my summer wardrobe. For casual looks like this one, I’ll generally unbutton three buttons; two if I’m going to wear it with pants and a blazer; and, of course, all done up with a tie if that’s absolutely necessary.


Heat Wave - He Spoke Style

Let’s talk about man jewelry. Personally, I have never been a huge fan. Anything more than a watch, wedding ring, tie bar, or cufflinks starts to feel like a little too much to me—like I’m trying too hard. There are definitely people who pull it off extremely well, but it’s just not something that I’ve ever been particularly comfortable with.

I think part of my aversion is that men who do jewelry well, generally incorporate it into their style so that it is such a focal point that it becomes one of their defining characteristics. I completely admire that, but it’s just not for me. And while I tend to favor a slightly fashion-forward fit, I consider myself mostly a traditionalist when it comes to menswear.

Heat Wave - He Spoke Style

Having said all that, this necklace from Gorjana & Griffin has opened my mind to the possibility. It’s simple, understated, and elegant, which totally works for me. And in the summer, when the temperature dictates that less has to be more, I’ve found it to be the perfect accessory for a casual and relaxed look.

Heat Wave - He Spoke Style


Heat Wave - He Spoke Style

This Look: White button down oxford shirt by J.Crew – Seersucker shorts by H&M (similar here) – Fog/ember duffle bag c/o Gorjana & Griffin – Necklace c/o Gorjana & Griffin – Watch by Timex – Navy NATO G10 watch strap by J.Crew – White boat shoes by Sperry Top-Sider

How do you stay cool and stylish during a heat wave? And what are your thoughts on man jewelry?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


Chime In

  • Dan J.

    I simply cannot do long sleeves with shorts. It just seems a total mismatch to me, like wearing cufflinks without a jacket or suspenders with belt loops. I won’t knock anyone else for it, as it seems to be a popular look, but I won’t do it myself. If I’m in shorts, I’m wearing a short-sleeved shirt.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      I like it sometimes with the sleeves rolled up to break up the parade of short sleeves that I usually wear. And I’ve never been a sleeveless guy. Thanks so much for reading, Dan.

    • Leroy

      I’m guessing that you don’t wearf shorts in spring or fall?

      • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

        That’s accurate.

  • http://Www.theurbanbeaux.blogspot.com Calicker

    Nice post. The seersucker shorts are becoming a more noticeable fad in the south but there is still such a hamper down here on emphasizing diverse styles. I am in Nashville and everyone is the same either you got your cowboy, your retro/hippie-esq style, or corporate casual. It’s frustrating to see everyone have similar tastes in attire and look at someone that is willing to style outside of the box as if its a sin. Regardless, the attire you are rocking seems comfortable, under the radar, and unique to your own style standards.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Appreciate that. Thanks for reading.

  • Dan

    Just wanted to say i’m really enjoying going through your blog Brian, found it only recently and feel like i’ve stumbled upon a gem. I think long sleeves (rolled up) are a nice change to short sleeves too, I like wearing shorts with a nicely fitting long sleeve t shirt (uniqlo do nice ones in premium cotton) with sleeves rolled up. Simple but looks a lot sharper than the usual short sleeve t.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much for the compliments, Dan. So glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog.