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Enjoying the Contrast

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It is 101ºF outside as I type this and I’ve just returned from an errand I had to run. It’s hot and there’s not much you can do about it except wear the lightest coloured and lightest weight fabrics you can. In my case it’s broadcloth and (white) seersucker. At least you’ll reflect so much sunlight that nobody will be able to catch more than a glimpse of your rumpled and perspiring self. A sartorial slight of hand; you can imagine the effect outside given the glare reflected from the light streaming in obliquely through the window.

Reviewing some of the photos coming out of the men’s shows in Italy, especially the street style shots, I am drawn to a particular look — the contrast collar shirt worn open necked with or without a jacket (I’m carrying mine at the moment) and white trousers or jeans. I enjoy the contrast between the formality of the shirt and the informal way in which it’s worn.

Suede shoes are a given in Italy and unlined versions worn sockless like these ancient Weejuns are very comfortable in the heat.

Do you wear your contrast collar shirts casually?

3 thoughts on “Enjoying the Contrast

  1. My dear husband gave me a contrast band collar shirt which I adore wearing in the summer. I do think it has such a european look to it.
    Stay cool my friend.

  2. The contrast collar shirt is an “unexpected” in your outfit, but blends with your white trousers. Very nice I must say!

    If you don’t mind a question: How hot/sticky is it going to be in and around Richmond in late July? I may be in the area.

  3. Thanks Wisco. If the early days are anything to judge by, it’s going to be a long, hot summer. Plan for high 90ºs and humidity in the + 85% range.

    Mrs. PvE, I love those shirts too. A blue and white stripe shirt with a white band collar is unexpected and very stylish.

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