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.
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.
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.
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.