The high today here in the RIC is to reach ninety-seven degrees. I don’t care if you’re from Texas or Miami, ninety-seven is hot! And it certifies that summer has clearly made her entrance in a cloak of humid heat. But just because the thermometers are screaming, doesn’t mean you can’t go out on a summer night still teaming with style. Here are some timelessly suave accessories every guy should own for a warm summer day.
1 – Cotton/linen white pants. No, you won’t look like Don Johnson if you wear them properly. Make sure they’re not overly fitted and that way they will breathe. No boot-cut here, save that for the casual jeans. A tapered leg is great, and works well with sandals or brown leather loafers (no socks needed!). Pairing any bright colored shirt with white pants is fantastically easy: black is classic, as is a bright blue, orange or pink.
2 – Add a leather band to your favorite timepiece. Whether it’s Breitling or Bulova, a leather band added to a chrome or gold face is classic and comfortable. A faux crocodile band in brown or black is a quintessential addition to any watch.
3 – Tortoise shell sunglasses. They come in so many shapes and sizes and are a step up from the casual plastic frame. Ray Ban, Hugo Boss and many other brands have these in all shapes and sizes, and they go with anything you put on. Think Cary Grant on the Amalfi Coast.
4 – The cotton tie. Yes it’s still appropriate to wear a suit to work, but feel free to take off the jacket on those sweltering days. If the President can do it, so can you. A cotton tie is lightweight and comes in all sorts of summer prints like gingham, stripes and bright bold colors. J. Crew has an amazing selection of these.
5 – Get a bright colored polo. From Ralph Lauren who made the style so famous, to more urban styles by Diesel or Lacoste, a bright colored polo shirt works with anything from madras shorts to linen pants. Think orange, pink, turquoise and kelly green. You’re probably getting some sun and a hot color just sets it off perfectly.
These are just a few ideas. Take a look in your newest GQ (you do get GQ right?) and see what’s happening in the pages inside. While their suits may cost $1600, just keep in mind a few things to mimic those styles: a good, tailored fit is important; all good shoes come from Italy and a smile is always your best accessory!