Spring and Summer Style. It’s Beginning….

(Source: Refinery 29 and used without permission. Let me know….)

Warm weather dressing needn’t be all flip-flops and cut-off short shorts as the young lady at Cochella ably demonstrates. Simple and chic nautical stripes, and coördinating accessories. I’m a big fan of sandals — perhaps it’s my Greek heritage — and would love to see them take the place of flip-flops everywhere but at the seaside or pool.

All well and good, you say, but where does that leave the men?

If the runways are any indication, we’ll be seeing a lot more linen, cotton and seersucker come into our lives. There are always tropical weight wools with their natural wicking properties, but they must be made with a minimum of lining to work that well. The major objections to linen and seersucker are the wrinkles and less formal look. I think they are a fair trade-off and will wear mine for all but the most important meetings.

As far as your feet are concerned, best to stay away from flip-flops and sandals. If you do feel like going sockless, loafers are your best bet. I find suede to be wonderfully cool and for hard leather, foot powder does wonders.

What can you get away with at the office during the warmer months?

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2 Responses to Spring and Summer Style. It’s Beginning….

  1. Rebekah says:

    This isn’t for the office, but can men get away with wearing Tom’s? What about Sperry topsiders without socks?

  2. Wisco says:

    I think the rules are more relaxed for summer, but it all depends on your situation. I am not a “no socks” guys with anything except boat shoes and one old pair of pebble grain loafers. I do however bring out the lighter color leather and suede dress shoes to wear with lighter weight wool/mohair, cotton or linen suits. I have a dark blue linen that looks great and is conservative enough with its color to wear to the office. Also don’t discount the classic tan wool or cotton suit for summer. I have one of each in the closet and the wool gets weekly work wear with the cotton saved for more casual/weekend affairs.
    The last item to consider is less formal silk knit ties, cotton or wool summer weight ties and brighter colors.

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