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Looking nice-ish in summer heat

post #1 of 68
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So when it gets to the warm weather time, what do you all wear? I really like teh Kris Van Assche look, but obviously I cant afford $300 for a white shirt.

I think it's hard to pull off a stylish look in the summer because I'm prone to wearing just t-shirts and jeans.

Input? Thoughts?
post #2 of 68
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Originally Posted by Brian SD
So when it gets to the warm weather time, what do you all wear? I really like teh Kris Van Assche look, but obviously I cant afford $300 for a white shirt.

I think it's hard to pull off a stylish look in the summer because I'm prone to wearing just t-shirts and jeans.

Input? Thoughts?

I usually do the same. ANyway, in Arizona, your options are limited by two things:

a) Ridiculous heat when directly in the sun.
b) Ridiculous A/C power when inside.
As you can tell, I am with Fabienne on this one. Brrrr!
Light trousers, t-shirt and sometimes a jacket for when I am indoors
post #3 of 68
I don't wear shorts, so it's still the same jeans I wear year round...the biggest difference is I'll wear more buttonfront shirts that are meant to be untucked and 1940s repro Avanti hawaiian shirts. For the most part, I dress the same all year, the exception being long sleeves and sweaters not worn in the summer (obviously)
post #4 of 68
When its 95 degrees and high humidity, clothes are usually the last thing on my mind!

If I'm working or just doing something not-too-fancy (hanging out, lounging around the house, running errands) I'll just wear shorts and a tee or polo.

However, I've got some linen pants and some really lightweight cotton pants that are pretty cool (temperature wise, and I suppose stylewise too).

It's also pretty easy to find lightweight cotton button-ups (either short or long sleeve) and linen shirts.
post #5 of 68
well having to spend my summer time in Taiwan..for those of you who hadn't been there..think miami-type heat and humidity... guys are pretty much limited to t shirt/buttom-downs and jeans/shorts too... I totally feel what skalogre was saying.

I think as every guy is left with limited options..what u can pull out of the limitation is the key(duh!)..great jeans and fine t shirts...that's what guys wear all the time anyway...

at times i felt it's harder to be girls during the summer time...think of all the different things they try to pull...

oh...1st post, btw..
post #6 of 68
The heat down here gets so oppresively bad during the summer that it's hard to wear anything but a t-shirt and jeans. If I'm feeling fancy I'll wear a buttondown with the sleeves rolled up.

People down here actually have problems dressing up for the winter, surprisingly enough. The "winter" down here lasts only 2 weeks-1 month, so nobody buys coats or jackets because their use is so limited.
post #7 of 68
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Originally Posted by VersaceMan

However, I've got some linen pants and some really lightweight cotton pants that are pretty cool (temperature wise, and I suppose stylewise too).

It's also pretty easy to find lightweight cotton button-ups (either short or long sleeve) and linen shirts.

Where'd you get the linen and cotton pants from?
post #8 of 68
This is the time when things like watches, cuffs, etc become useful. It's usually the only way I can think of to add a little visual interest in the summer (besides interesting shoes), since like everyone else I'm pretty much limited to t-shirts, s/s button-ups, or very lightweight button-ups with the sleeves rolled back. Also, it's all about fit in the summer. Everything's going to look simple, so the fit has to be spot-on for me.
post #9 of 68
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Originally Posted by seen
Where'd you get the linen and cotton pants from?
Was thinking the same. VM?
post #10 of 68
I don't like khakis and keep t-shirts for exercise or yardwork, so for me it's linen pants in various colors with solid-color polo shirts (don't really like patterned polos) in more Euro-y cuts by the likes of Fred Perry/Comme for FP or French-made Lacostes for as long as they last, camp shirts, or with lighter-weight cotton shirts with sleeves rolled up to my elbow. I don't usually mix linen. Either that, or jeans (I bought the lightweight Eduns I mentioned in another thread for this purpose) with linen shirts or the above types of shirts. For weddings and such, a navy linen suit by Hugo Boss has served me well for a while. I'd also like to get another linen sportcoat of some kind, but the right one hasn't presented itself to me. I might make that my experiment with The_Foxx's tailor Atlanta Custom, as they're more or less local to me. On my feet I'll often do desert boots (Tods), sockless bit loafers (Ferragamo/Gucci) or driving mocs (Gucci/Tods). As for stuff like watches, I rarely wear a watch in the summer because I hate watch tans.
post #11 of 68
I'm a little surprised by how jeans are most people's no-brainer option for heat. Lightweight cotton and linen pants are generally more breathable than denim, especially the kind of 13+ oz denim preferred by most denimheads.

Another thing that should be mentioned are Topsiders, sans socks. Just don't plan on doing much walking in them, unless you're a masochist.
post #12 of 68
Regarding the linen pants and the cotton pants...

I'm going to get my ass kicked for saying this, but a few years back before I knew more about clothing, I found three pairs of Kenneth Cole pants on deep discount ($10-20) in my size - one lightweight tan cotton, one drawstring linen, and one really light cream cotton.

The quality may not be the highest, but I have had no problems yet. Also, they are cut slim (without being tight and ill-fitting) and fit very comfortably. No strange details (except for a cool lining on the inside of the waistband), just nice minimal pants.

I've also got a pair from Dolce & Gabbana that is nice, though not worth full retail.
post #13 of 68
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Originally Posted by VersaceMan
Regarding the linen pants and the cotton pants...

I'm going to get my ass kicked for saying this, but a few years back before I knew more about clothing, I found three pairs of Kenneth Cole pants on deep discount ($10-20) in my size - one lightweight tan cotton, one drawstring linen, and one really light cream cotton.

The quality may not be the highest, but I have had no problems yet. Also, they are cut slim (without being tight and ill-fitting) and fit very comfortably. No strange details (except for a cool lining on the inside of the waistband), just nice minimal pants.

I've also got a pair from Dolce & Gabbana that is nice, though not worth full retail.

I have a pair from Dolce & Gabbana too, and they are pretty nice. They are, I believe, 86% cotton and 14% linen, but are very lightweight. I don't think they are worth the 300-400 dollars they retail for, but I got them for $50
post #14 of 68
t-shirts in the day, and a nice tunic in the evenings.
post #15 of 68
Summer heat is great because it forces you to do back to basics; nice tee or shirt, well-fitting pants/shorts and maybe some accessories.
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