A Man's Guide To Summer

13 October 2016

Hot weather, unlike cooler temperatures, necessitates that we do more with less. Beautiful weather creates a more relaxed attitude that translates into flexible dress codes that lean towards comfort and summer weather utility. However, no coats (only occasionally a jacket) and more often than not shorts instead of trousers, force us to reveal our sometimes less-than-attractive legs, stomachs, and backsides. How does a modern day gentleman dress for the hot summer weather while still looking presentable?

Clean, Light, and Understated.

Clean — A gentleman is showered, well-groomed, and his clothing is free from stains. He realizes that although he may perspire, he does not have to smell nor look like he stepped out of a sauna. If you need to shower twice a day, then do so. Use antiperspirant deodorant, and consider soaps with menthol that will help cool your body. Opt for a close shave and treat your skin to lotions that improve health and appearance.

Light — Wear light-coloured clothing and select fabrics made with breathable weaves and natural fibres such as cotton. Looser fits facilitate airflow, but do not take this to mean you should wear a full-size (or three) larger than what your body size calls for. Remember that dark colours do not reflect light but rather absorb it and all other factors being constant, are thus hotter.

Understated — A gentleman wears quality garments that have cuts and patterns that compliment his figure and attitude — his clothing never detracts from the ladies in his company. Pay attention to understated dress codes and plan accordingly. Be remembered for your friendly conversation, not for being the over-dressed peacock or under-dressed ruffian!

We recommend the Button-Down Short-Sleeve Shirt to achieve the clean, light and understated look. It is the most under-utilized shirt in a man’s wardrobe because of the difficulty in achieving a “great look.” A button-down short-sleeve that’s too large or too small has its weaknesses amplified by its inability to hide behind another garment or even itself. Thin arms dwarfed by large armholes and midsections that press the limits of a button’s strength have no long sleeves or jacket to cover their ungainly appearance. Thus, it’s imperative to pay attention to fit! Try taking these shirts to a tailor; you’d be amazed at how much a slight alteration can improve appearances. A short-sleeve dress shirt needs to fit properly at the shoulder points and along the torso. Sleeve lengths can vary but they should cover at least 25 to 80 percent of the bicep (as measured from shoulder point to elbow). Understand the less bicep covered the more casual the shirt becomes. As for circumference of the sleeve, at least 1 inch, but not more than 4 or so; again, a skilled tailor can help here, but your best bet is to find a brand whose factory fit is close to your body build. The best detail of the short sleeve dress shirt is the wearer’s ability to have it incorporate classic military style features such as double breast pockets, small bicep pouches, epaulets (shoulder straps), and the freedom its casual nature affords when it comes to fabric selection.  Checks that would normally overpower a long sleeve dress shirt or look ridiculous on a polo shirt somehow are tempered by the compromising features found in the short-sleeve dress shirt.

Source: The Art of Manliness



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