Building a summer wardrobe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mdkeene, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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


  2. archibaldleach

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    I agree with this in theory, though I can't seem to stop myself from purchasing more cream/ivory trousers than is wise.
     


  3. JayJay

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    A linen suit and a poplin suit will take care of most occasions that require a jacket.
     


  4. Xenon

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    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!!!!:D

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


  5. archibaldleach

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    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.
     


  6. add911_11

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


  7. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    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.
     


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    This.
     


  9. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Seersucker, especially the all navy kind to keep cool and comfortable in heat.
     


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    How to stay #menswear at tropical resorts then?
     


  11. add911_11

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    You stay indoor most of the time.


    I never understand the idea of causal office, possibly because I don't live in America
     
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  13. GBR

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    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.
     


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    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.
     


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    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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