Summer is fast approaching guys, it’s time for Summer garden party’s & relaxing in the beer garden, heading abroad for our annual Holidays, because we are getting hot weather or traveling to warmer climates, most men stick to the basics, some funny logo T-shirt & big baggy cargo shorts, wearing horrible colored flip flops, but if you plan ahead, by the time you go on holiday or start to enjoy the hot weather, you could have one of the most stylish summer wardrobes, and it does not take much to get together, this blog is more directed to older men, who want to drop the tight fitting denim shorts & multi colored T-shirts, and those horrible bulky very expensive running shoes, so lets take a look at whats on offer & how you can put a great summer outfit together and look stylish with a squeeze of sartorial thrown in.Now the first pieces are shirts & polo shirts this is what real stylish men wear, when it comes to a summer style polo shirts are king, it can be a linen one or choose a 100% pique cotton fabric, these are natural fibers none man made so you wont sweat as much, because the fabric is breathable, again with shirts stick with linen or a 100% cotton, the style you should be looking for is not slim fit, “WHY”, most of us don’t have a body of a Greek God carved abs of granite, we are average joe’s, so lets dress accordingly, and you will look stylish & well put together, we need standard fit, the garment needs to simply drape a little, not hang off you, so it gives you room to breath & you feel comfortable, the same with summer shirts try to aim for short sleeve if you can & go for casual fit guys, colors and patterns is your next issue, you could end up looking like a bright looking ice lolly, if you don’t get the basics right, my advice is don’t be scared of color, summer is all about color but lets say you go for a bright pink shirt, tone it down with plain dark colors below, now patterns are great for summer I love short sleeve shirts with floral prints, these can be stylish if you buy the right ones, one piece I for got to mention is T-shirts, they do have a place in your wardrobe , but if we are trying to achieve a sartorial look, you got to keep them in plain colors, pastel colors if you can, as it is your summer wardrobe, please please no logo T-shirts, so here is a couple of options to get you thinking.
This stunning Indigo polo shirt is a Linen & cotton blend, this comes from Mango Man it retails for £29.99, this piece can be with shorts & trousers, andy you could dress it up with light coloured blazer.
Add statement prints to your smart-casual collection with this shirt from Patrick Grant’s exclusive Hammond Co. Range. Working a bold tiger pattern throughout, it’s made with ecovero , a sustainable, eco-friendly material, for an ultra-soft and lightweight feel. A fashion line from Debenhams, the shirt is retails at £40.00 but is on sale right now if your looking to save some money.
Now if your not a lover of short sleeve shirts, and you are looking for a stylish long sleeved summer shirt, then UNIQLO have your back coverd, this simple smart elegant 100 % pure line shirt, ideal for breezy summer days, its available in many versatile colors, and its designed to drape elegantly when not tucked in, it retails for only £29.99, can be worn on it own or dressed up with a blazer.
This Burgundy slub short sleeve t-shirt from Burton’s men’s wear, has a roll cuff detail. This item is part of of their eco collection and is made with 100% organic cotton fibres. Organic cotton is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and has a lower impact on the environment, its available in many bold summer colors and retails at £9.00 so cheaps as chips, looks good as a base layer or worn on its own.Thats the top half lets have a look at some stylish piece’s for the bottom, l do own jeans, but l try to stay away from wearing them during the summer months, also l want to show alternatives from denim jeans and get you thinking, people choose denim because its a safe choice for them, so let me tempt you & show you some stylish pieces that will get you thinking.
In summer you dont want to be wearing wool or flannel trousers, its linen or light cotton chinos, now to me the king of chinos is Charles Tyrwhitt, I have brought made to measure chinos & top shelf brand ones, but to me these are the best l have ever brought in my life, they come in three styles, classic fit, Slim fit, extra slim fit, you can have pleats or flat front, these non-iron chinos deliver a smart look in an easy-to-wear fabric. To ensure a comfortable fit, they are crafted with a curved waistbandt and added a touch of elastane to the soft cotton fibres. Their tailored design narrows towards the hem to create a contemporary silhouette. Charles Tyrwhitt have packed these trousers with thoughtful extra details, such as Bengal stripe detailing on the pockets and an internal French bearer panel. This additional piece of material helps to keep the front of the trousers flat. As you can see from the images, you can wear them for business or casual, and the price for these are only £69.95
My next choice are these expertly tailored, regular fit flat-front trousers they ideal for the summer months, keeping you feeling fresh when temperatures rise and allowing you to dress smartly even in the heat. Sophisticated and comfortable, these trousers will keep you looking sharp, elegant and stylish, whatever the occasion. 55% linen and 45% cotton. they are from from Samuel Windsor, they are normally known for their shoes, but they also provide a stunning mens wardrobe, and they come in many colors too, retail price is only £34.50, you can wear them with a stylish blazer or a nice short sleeve shirt.
The final piece to finish your wardrobe is your blazer, with so many colours & styles l could not find one to really show you a individual one as l loved every one l saw, colour should not hold you back its summer, after all, aim for a linen mix or cotton, go plaids & herringbone patterns or quite simply go for what you like, for remember lighter the fabric the more the jacket will keep you cool, your looking for is a unstructured blazer, it is the jacket equivalent of a decent pair of chinos. It retains enough formality that it can be dressed up with a shirt and tie, but is also relaxed enough that it looks good over a T-shirt and with jeans.
People ask me what style of blazer should l choose, my self you want a patch pocket design, two button front, simple notch lapel, with side vents on the back, this style is more dress down and so true to the orginal design of a sports coat/blazer, the style of the blazer is more relaxed & you want in a classic fit so it fits you just right. keep it simple & you will look stylish.
Foot wear at summer time is simple, stay the fuck away from sandals & flip flops, for the pool & beach yes, for for everything else, go for loathers or boat shoes or espadrilles or white trainer’s simple thats easy to understand. I will show you a couple of pieces to give you an idea
Boat shoes were invented in 1935 by American Paul A. Sperry of New Haven, Connecticut after noticing his dog’s ability to run easily over ice without slipping. Using a knife, he cut siping into his shoes‘ The classic boat shoe gets a contemporary update with the Albury pair from Hammond Co. Made from leather in an all-over woven design, they’re shaped with an almond toe and set on a contrasting sporty sole. they would look great with the linen suit or with the chinos
I love white trainers, they are my number 1 go to for dress down casual shoes, simple but stylish l recently came across a new footwear brand called Loyalty, they wanted to inspire people with something meaningful-to lead with a message and to be more than just a brand. That meant earing trust & developing powerful, long lasting relationships with like minded individuals. And to me they have done this and made some amazing styilsh pieces, they retail for £100, again these would look great on the beach or a evening out, keep it simple but stylish.
Again thats all l have time for today, again I claim to be no guru fashionista just a guy who loves to dress well & l like to share my knowledge & hopefully inspire some up coming young fashion inspired men to dress well, building a good wardrobe starts with the basics and from there you build your way up.
BE BOLD BE PROUD