Surprising Summer Style
You’ve heard all the advice about what to wear during a heatwave - linen suits, floaty cotton dresses, flip flops and sunhats so large they eclipse the sun. While this advice is good, there are some surprising alternatives for your summer wardrobe that you may not have considered. Read on to find out our favourite summer looks…
Although the idea of wool doesn’t exactly conjure up images of cool summer attire, mohair is one of the best choices for a summer suit. First popularised in the 1960s (think Michael Caine in Alfie), mohair has been, and continues to be, the last word in cool, mod style. It is made from the wool of the Angora goat (not to be confused with Angora wool, which comes from the Angora rabbit), it is lightweight, has low heat conductivity and fantastic wicking properties. This means that it draws sweat away from the body, keeping you cool as the temperatures soar. Its crisp handle also means that it is virtually impervious to creasing, unlike cotton and linen.
Shorts don't have to mean ripped denim. Teamed with a crisp white shirt or a casual jacket, they can look really smart, while also keeping you cool at the height of summer. The great thing about shorts is that you can also be a bit more daring with your fabric choices. You might opt for something like Olivia Palermo (above) or even something in a brighter tone to really celebrate the summer months in style.
Hear us out on this one. A three-piece suit can be a great choice for a summer wedding. Although the thought of all those layers might bring you out in a sweat, there are reasons why layering up can be a good idea. If you’re wearing a three-piece, you can take off your jacket and still look smart, presentable and stylish, thanks to the waistcoat. It also gives you more flexibility to play around with materials and styles, as you can always choose a contrast waistcoat or an unusual lining for the back.
Socks and sandals look are not exactly the paragon of summer-savoir-faire and swaddling your feet in thick, itchy socks is the fastest route to a sweaty, uncomfortable day. Taking off your socks can bring some unbridled relief from the heat and let you experiment with some sprezzatura style. Make sure you take good care of your feet before trying out this look, for aesthetics as well as comfort. A good pedicure will have your feet looking and feeling ready for the catwalk. We recommend finding some lightweight loafers or some lace-up derby shoes and sporting a shorter trouser to pull off this look with aplomb.
And Finally, a couple of not-so-surprising suggestions...
Cotton and Linen - for that relaxed summer look in a fabric that is ultra-lightweight and breathable.
Unbutton - a crisp, cotton shirt is a must-have for the summer months and will look smart even without a tie.
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