When summer rolls around, so do brighter colors, lookbooks full of inspiration centered around these colors and all manner of guides championing them. But what if you’re just not into being so colorful? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. There are plenty of other ways to dress “seasonally” with a classic menswear color palate – blues, browns and greys – without including something brighter. As I’ve been saying for the past few weeks, it’s all about choosing the right fabrics. Here’s an monochromatic look, featuring a trifecta of summer fabrics.
Blazer: wool. Wool probably isn’t the first fabric that comes to mind for warmer weather, but it comes in different weights and weaves. My blazer is 100% wool, extremely lightweight and extremely breathable – a must for wearing a double-breasted blazer in the summer.
Shirt: linen. A linen shirt is a summer staple. Though mine gets the most use when I’m headed to the pool or beach, it adds a casual summer touch to a dressier outfit. Remember that linen wrinkles very easily. There’s no way around it. You just have to embrace the suck.
Pants: cotton. It’s important to get the most out of your suits and the trousers from a seersucker suit work great as a separate all summer long. Why no belt? I get side tabs rather than belt loops on all of my custom clothing. One of my favorite sartorial details.