Yes, we know the dilemma: How do you keep your dapper distinction when it’s blazing hot? After all, style and elegance come from layers and accessories, right? Three-piece suits, Chesterfield overcoats, cashmere scarves — stuff like that.
When it’s too balmy for even your favorite lightweight sportcoat, take a cue from the 1930s, the Golden Age of Menswear. The resort look popular at that time is a great blueprint for being cool and casual but still showing that you’re a guy with some serious style (for a cinematic example, check out “Evil Under The Sun,” an Agatha Christie adaptation with Peter Ustinov as detective Poirot).
1) Spectator Shoes. Sure, nothing beats the boulevardier style of two-tone shoes and a suit, but don’t be afraid to wear your spectator shoes with sportswear. Try pairing them with these beltless trousers with side adjusters and our navy polo shirt for a stylish nod to the age of Grant and Astaire.
2) The Stylish Belt Sharp dressers know the devil’s in the details, so pick your favorite lightweight trousers and short-sleeved shirt and let your belt provide the style, such as our navy Italian suede belt with contrast white stitching, our white wingtip belt, or our croc-embossed belt with metal tip.
3) The Panama Hat. Let’s face it, nothing changes a man’s look like a hat. Pair these white Herringbone Textured Linen Pleated D-Ring Trousers with a blue linen shirt, sleeves rolled up, an one of our genuine panama hats. Your cinematic reference here? Belloq, Indiana Jones’ dapper French nemesis in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
4) Aviator Sunglasses. Aviators tend to flatter every guy. Try a white t-shirt, our madras shorts and our Stainless Steel Framed Polarized Aviator Sunglasses and you’ll look like JFK chilling out at Kennebunkport.
5) Resort Sandals. OK, it’s really scorching and you’re near a body of water (even if it’s just the pool). Shorts and even a t-shirt are fine, but raise the bar in the footwear department by donning one of our resort sandals instead of flip-flops. They look great with linen dress pants, too.
6) The Short-Sleeve Shirt With Attitude When polo shirts and conventional short sleeves feel too commonplace, stand out from the crowd in our Cotton Birdseye Short Sleeve Button-Front. It’s knit like a polo but buttons all the way, contrasts solid and pattern, and is meant to be worn untucked. Wear with chinos and white sneakers, no socks, and you’ll look like Jude Law on the Italian Riviera in “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
If you want more advice about what to wear as the weather warms up, take a look at Ask Andy’s Post about How to Be Cool and Look Cool.