Master The Elements: Summer Dressing

In a perfect world your summer wardrobe revolves around leisure. You’re by the lake, your on the court, you’re enjoying a gin and tonic on a well-manicured lawn. You can be found in linen and Lacoste, khakis and canvas shoes. In reality, however, you are required in the metropolis, you have to work, you must fight crowds, you must confront humidity.

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Yes, the weather may be oppressive. But you are here to master the elements. We always support white shoes—they’re a wink to summer, and look great as counterpoint to dark colored, lightweight suits. If they get scuffed, so much the better. Look for terrific summer coats from local favorite Miller’s Oath. 

You are within your rights to abandon socks: Tod’s drivers will get you from point A to point B however you travel. Summer can lead to an embrace of wild colors, but doesn’t have to—an accent is enough. How about a vivid Charvet knit tie? Set against a grey Belvest linen suit and you’re at the top of your game.

There’s definitely room in the heat for a Vilebrequin swim trunks, if they’re psychedelic, that’s just fine. It’s time to give in to the heat. But keep your dignity close at hand.

Tim Blanks Ponder’s his Personal Love Affair with Exotic Shirtings

 

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