Dressing well for warm weather is no walk in the park, or even walk on the beach for that matter! Dressing well for hot weather is downright difficult.
Swot up on the staples and, for the summer months, you can mix and match them to produce handsome looks for holidays, weddings and sartorially elegant nights out.
Here are a few easily executed smart-casual summer outfits combinations to add to your repertoire this summer, whether you’re by the pool or hitting the hot city streets.
LONG SLEEVED SHIRT & SHORTS
The trick here is to make sure you match the style of your top and bottom – keep smart with smart and casual tops teamed with casual bottoms.
Make sure there is enough of a contrast in colour to some degree to avoid running the risk of trying to look like you’re wearing a play suit!
We’d suggest leaving a button or two undone on the shirt, rolling your sleeves up slightly, and tucking your shirt into your shorts. Another option is to wear a t-shirt and leave the shirt open to give a more casual, free and easy look.
This pairing works with almost every style of footwear you can think of – we’d team it with white sneakers, tan loafers, tan sandals or a tassel loafer for a smarter look.
LIGHTWEIGHT SUIT SEPARATES
A summer suits usually mean serious outlay. It’s more practical, economical and more versatile to buy suit separates which maximizes your wardrobes versatility and enables you to create outfits which give greater flexibility. A classic linen blazer which can be worn either smart or more casually is a good investment for the summer.
Whether you opt for a linen-mix blazer, a pair of tailored summer linen shorts in a lightweight twill or some smart cut cotton chinos, snapping up tailoring that you can mix and match is the easiest way to navigate the hotter months and still look smart.
Seeing as you’ll likely want these to work just as well together as apart, it’s best to stick to versatile summer-appropriate hues such as white, navy, stone, grey and summer light blues. The Club 826 Havana single breasted blazer in French Navy is the Club 826 solution.
SHORTS & BLAZER
We know, it might seem like questionable logic to suggest throwing on a jacket if it’s warm enough to wear shorts, but if the right style of blazer is selected, this combination is one of the sharpest around. A perfect combination when you need to be smart but it’s just too darn hot for trousers.
First up, prioritise lightweight fabrics when shopping for the perfect jacket. Unlined linen, cotton and linen-cotton blends come highly recommended not only for their breathability but also their laid-back feel.
Secondly, colours are key with this one. If you’re going down a more casual route, try adding a bold hue into the mix – a bright red pair of tailored shorts or a blazer, for example. If you’d rather steer smart, err a little more conservative by combining timeless neutrals such as black, navy, white, grey and beige.
LINEN SHIRT & BLAZER
On the list of sartorial essentials every man should own, a linen shirt (or five) is up there as a summer style essential. A simple linen shirt is a summer wardrobe essential, the hero piece every man should include in his warm weather wardrobe. Stay cool whilst still look sharp in a soft linen shirt. Sitting comfortably between tailored and relaxed, linen shirts are chic, elegant with natural breathability and have the ability to take your from day to evening with effortless ease.
The good news is this means there is a style every bloke can get on board with. Long sleeve, short sleeved, fitted, relaxed fit or opt for a Grandad collar. Want to keep the cut or collar classic? Make a statement with a print instead. Whatever style you opt for don’t forget to get to include all summer shades in your collection. Linen works brilliantly well in all colours.
Team your linen shirt with an equally cool lightweight blazer to take you elegantly through all summer occasions. Roll the sleeves upon both for a more casual look and wear with shorts and white sneakers or add chinos and loafers for a smarter look. Try the Effortless Voyage Pack – From the Marina to the Michelin-star restaurant, our luxe-linen shirt pack is the epitome of relaxed summer style.