Keeping up with the trends that are decent enough for any of us to wear, I’ve noticed an awful lot of unlined or semi-lined sports coats. These have been around since Moses had the first one made up in Egyptian cotton. There’s a reason that they died out. Machine manufacturing is sloppy stuff and a full lining conceals that nicely. It takes more work to make sure seams are even and taped, and that the sportcoat is cut to look like something other than a potato sack. The good ones look like blazers and sports coats. They feel like shirts. I suppose it is the Italian influence or our concerns over global warming that have lead to wearing cooler fabrics, but whatever the case, I’m all for them. The best will still have a canvas front and minimal of any padding to the shoulder.
Moving on to outerwear… safari jackets. Or field coats. Or moto style waxed jackets. They go by many names. They are all military inspired and look great as casual outerwear or for the middle ground of menswear. Mr. Lauren’s is rendered in black linen. Making it cooler in all senses of the word.
Spring is here and summer is waiting in the wings for its turn to come on. Which means that your wardrobe needs to be appropriate for the season.
There are a few trends that I think are going to go the distance and let you stay as comfortable as possible when the temps rise. I’ll start with:
Seersucker. Yes, that Southern Preppy staple. Seersucker comes in a lot of color combinations. I like it in solid. I’ve noticed some black on black and dark blue/dark blue combinations that look smart while taking advantage of seersucker’s unique weave designed to keep wearers cool. I’d love to have a dinner suit made out of some.
The traditional white and blue/tan/pink/red suit has been slimmed down and still looks great. Pair the jacket with khakis or jeans and the trousers with a dark polo shirt. Consider seersucker for at least your weekend wear.
UPDATE: Thanks to astute reader John Stephens for leading us to the Brooks Brothers Limited Edition Seeersucker Tuxedo. Click through!
I had to have them. And I’ll probably wear them with just about everything this summer. It’s nice to slip into something a little lighter than the standard black or brown shoe every once in a while, especially when the sun is bleaching out all color anyway.
What about you? Would you wear spectator/correspondent shoes? White shoes? Tan? Camel? Royal Blue? Where does your threshold lie outside of the office? Would you wear them with dark trousers? And for what occasions would you lighten up?