Unless your day job involves a lifeguard tower and the cool blue sea, there’s a subtle art to perfecting your summer look. Here are the five must-haves to get you started.
1. The Linen Blazer
How do you avoid looking stuffy in your suit when it’s 45 degrees outside? Look to a lightweight linen jacket as your ultimate answer. The breathable fabric keeps you cool and when paired with a similarly crisp shirt, trousers and smart trainers, it results in effortless chic.
2. The Leather Travel Bag
The key to travelling in style all year round is to invest in a durable travel bag. Backpack styles are what you need for utmost efficiency. Take the Timberland Nantasket Backpack, for example. The leather trim and water-resistant canvas elevates even the most casual of looks and is appropriate for every scenario.
3. The Dinner Shirt
When attending casual dinner soirees in the summer months, make sure you’ve invested in a good dinner shirt. While the traditional dinner shirt is a simple button-down with a finely starched collar, opt for a more contemporary update with Paul Smith’s breezy Pacific Rose print shirt that evokes visions of exotic island foliage.
4. The Sunglasses
During summer, sunglasses are essential. Look to a classic colour as opposed to trending hues, and opt for a shape that complements your face. Traditional styles such as Cubitts’ Judd-Square Frame Acetate Sunglasses in black will complement almost all facial structures and ensembles as you enjoy a weekend about town.
5. The Swim Shorts
When it’s time to hit the pool or beach, look to a flattering short style such as Calvin Klein’s polyamide swim shorts which amplifies your quads and provides ample coverage and just the right amount of designer-branding. Since they’re made from smooth fabric, they can even double as day shorts when paired with a shirt.