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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Whatever you do buy lots and lots of lightweight pants, wool, linen and cotton in shades of tan and light grey. I love the idea of cream but find them a bit unforgiving in practical use.

You only need 1 pair of cream/ivory trousers, just to give some variation.
post #17 of 34
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You only need 1 pair of cream/ivory trousers, just to give some variation.

I agree with this in theory, though I can't seem to stop myself from purchasing more cream/ivory trousers than is wise.
post #18 of 34
A linen suit and a poplin suit will take care of most occasions that require a jacket.
post #19 of 34
Get yourself a bunch of paper thin long sleeved cotton or linen/cotton shirts. Absolutely wear only once before you wash and iron.
Get yourself a bunch of very light weight linen, cotton or wool trouser in the typical light grays, taupe, tan, ivory etc. These should be unlined.
Very light weight wool socks and soft calf or suede shoes.

Absolutely no waistcoat. And a suit, jacket, or sports coat should be forbidden in 35-40 C weather. If any clients complain that you are not wearing a jacket in such heat, then they are clearly suffering grave mental issues and should be put out of their misery be being hung, drawn and quartered......slowly and then left to bake in the sun!!!!biggrin.gif

Lastly if you are a northerner, don,t forget a wide brimmed hat and good sunscreen and UV lip balm
post #20 of 34
Be careful with unlined linen trousers in ivory as some of them may not be as opaque as you might like. As far as jacket and tie is concerned, business formal means jacket and tie year round. You can often get away with taking your jacket off, but if there's a more formal dress code, that's the client's decision, not yours. If you don't like that, become the client and then you can wear whatever you want.
post #21 of 34
O no, don't wear ivory trousers to office. That's for causal occasion.
post #22 of 34
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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

O no, don't wear ivory trousers to office. That's for causal occasion.

I'd agree, unless he works somewhere that is pretty casual. I'm pretty sure I'd look better in ivory trousers and a nice dress shirt than anyone in jeans and a polo on our firm's casual Fridays during the summer, though I haven't done it yet. Some of the things we at SF worry about just go out the window in some environments. I'd agree that tan is better and safer though.
post #23 of 34
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What the other posters may politely be suggesting is that a waistcoat without a jacket looks silly - which is not good unless you are in a boy band, where looking silly is compulsory.

 

This.

post #24 of 34
Seersucker, especially the all navy kind to keep cool and comfortable in heat.
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by Xenon View Post

Get yourself a bunch of paper thin long sleeved cotton or linen/cotton shirts. Absolutely wear only once before you wash and iron.
Get yourself a bunch of very light weight linen, cotton or wool trouser in the typical light grays, taupe, tan, ivory etc. These should be unlined.
Very light weight wool socks and soft calf or suede shoes.

Absolutely no waistcoat. And a suit, jacket, or sports coat should be forbidden in 35-40 C weather. If any clients complain that you are not wearing a jacket in such heat, then they are clearly suffering grave mental issues and should be put out of their misery be being hung, drawn and quartered......slowly and then left to bake in the sun!!!!biggrin.gif

Lastly if you are a northerner, don,t forget a wide brimmed hat and good sunscreen and UV lip balm

 

How to stay #menswear at tropical resorts then?

post #26 of 34
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

How to stay #menswear at tropical resorts then?

You stay indoor most of the time.
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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

I'd agree, unless he works somewhere that is pretty casual. I'm pretty sure I'd look better in ivory trousers and a nice dress shirt than anyone in jeans and a polo on our firm's casual Fridays during the summer, though I haven't done it yet. Some of the things we at SF worry about just go out the window in some environments. I'd agree that tan is better and safer though.

I never understand the idea of causal office, possibly because I don't live in America
post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by Stiva View Post

What the other posters may politely be suggesting is that a waistcoat without a jacket looks silly - which is not good unless you are in a boy band, where looking silly is compulsory.

 

 

post #28 of 34
A waistcoat by itself will make you look like a waiter or a pirate thrown off his ship! Don't even think about it.


Try to get yourself three pairs of trousers over the summer and then wear them with the shirts you have. Cuffs folded back is perfectly acceptable and I doubt anyone in your office will bat an eye lid.
post #29 of 34
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Originally Posted by JohnnyLaw View Post

For a really barebones summer wardrobe, I'd get an unstructured, unlined, navy linen jacket (something like Barena or Boglioli), a few lightweight dress shirts in pale blue (batiste or cotton/linen are great) and some chinos in different neutral colours (tan, olive, grey, brown, etc.). Short sleeved button-ups usually look bad - much better just to roll up the sleeves. Whatever you do, don't wear a waistcoat.


Just so.  Except I would not prefer chinos-  just a personal thing for me. 

 

Do your homework here on Styleforum.  Search "Fresco" and read about this fabric. 

 

A waistcoat is useless- spend the money on linen or light cotton shirts.  A waistcoat will hold heat to your organs and makes you even hotter.   

In hot weather you want air to get to your skin to allow for sweat evaporation- linen is king for me.  I don't mind the wrinkles- for business look into Fresco. 

 

Put some Gold Bond Powder on the boys and just use a good anti-perspirant/deodorant to avoid unsightly stains. 

Nothing you can do about rest of the body- you need to sweat to cool down. 

post #30 of 34

I'm in Madrid as well and the summer staples I'm thinking of getting made this year are three pairs of light grey trousers in some sort of warm weather wool (don't have access to Minnis Fresco so it will probably be Holland & Sherry CrispAire, though that's just a plain Panama weave), a beige/cream linen jacket, perhaps a "light navy" linen jacket, and some linen/cotton blend shirts.

 

Highest priority should be trousers and shirts, as you might end up not wearing a jacket all that much during summer.

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