We love summer as much as the next Vitamin D starved man, more specifically we love dressing for summer. As a rebuttal to those who hanker for winter’s wardrobe of layers, we offer the prospect of shoes worn sockless, shirt collars worn open and ties left in retirement.
It’s a not all easy, laid-back dressing though – summer brings with it all manner of events to get dressed up for. And, no how matter effortless you eventually look, dressing for these events requires planning, planning and more planning. Why? Well, first there’s matter of comfort, then there’s the issue of keeping on the right side of the dress code and thirdly there’s the task of making sure that you’re able to stand out in a sea of uninspiring outfits. Below are our recommendations for getting dressing for an occasion down to a fine art.
FOR A GARDEN PARTY
Dressing for a garden party is a dying art. Leave your T-shirt and shorts in the wardrobe and instead dress up a Cuban collar shirt with a blazer and chinos.
FOR THE TENNIS
For Wimbledon’s players whites are the order of the day. Take inspiration from their uniform stipulations in shades of white, stone and sand.
FOR THE REGATTA
The Regatta has no formalised dress code, but tradition favours smart rather than casual outfits. Try mismatched tailoring with a T-shirt to straddle that tricky overdressed/underdressed divide.
FOR AN EVENING INVITE
For an evening invite during a warm summer keep things smart with tailoring but wear a shirt without a tie to ensure that you’re still comfortable.
FOR THE RACES
The races require the highest degree of formality, so go traditional with a suit, shirt and tie to make sure that you don’t fall foul of the dress code.