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?


April is a strange month. It starts out chilly and ends up warm almost every day. But for those days when the temps hover in the high 50’s to low 60’s, I love to drag out a cotton sweater. Worn over a t-shirt and with something around my neck, I can pair a sweater with odd trousers, loafers and a blue blazer for casual events. Like watching my daughter in the fourth grade production of “101 Dalmatians” or enjoying a leisurely brunch. And yes, that is my white trench thrown over my arm…

A navy blazer doesn’t always call for a button-down shirt. Try something new this weekend. It’s sweater weather, after all.

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