It’s always the summer months that are jam packed with invitations to a whole array of events from weddings to Wimbledon, basically all occasions where shorts and flip flops are not deemed ‘appropriate’. I suppose with the promise of better weather everyone decides to pick these few months of fairly good weather, which means that half of your summer could be spent in a suit.
We’re still reeling off the dapper wears – or lack thereof from a certain F1 driver – at this year’s Wimbledon Championship. The likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington really showed off their style and schooled us all on how to dress for such an occasion. But beyond the restricted events where a dress code is non negotiable, it doesn’t have to be full suits all summer long. There’s a few combos which are still smart enough to be given the nod of approval from the bride or mother in-law, but with a little less formality and therefore more comfort. If you’re heading out to some Greek Isle to watch your best mate tie the knot, the smart-casual look will be perfect for you. We’ve put together a handful of combos which use just enough of each.
1. SHORT SLEEVED SHIRT + CHINOS
A great little look for a summer BBQ. Short sleeved shirts are no longer reserved for the technicians and granddads, they’ve become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, and we’re so glad of it. Short sleeves means more chance of catching a tan, shows off the tan you may already be sporting and most importantly, it’s less material on a hot day. Nicely paired with some classic navy chinos – rolled up – and worn sockless with Lacoste tennis shoes.
2. LONG SLEEVED SHIRT + SHORTS
A good choice for a casual beach wedding, you can always roll those sleeves up for an even more relaxed appearance. It’s got to be tailored shorts all the way. These are spot on from Orlebar Brown, and paired with their linen shirt it just screams Greek wedding.
3. POLO SHIRT + SUIT
A step down from a shirt and suit combo, the polo shirt makes for a dapper alternative. Personally I think sometimes it pays to ditch the matching blazer/ trousers and switch it out for a lightweight bomber jacket – it’s the modern man’s suit. Slick back the hair, go sockless in your loafers and own this Rivera look.
4. SHORTS + BLAZER
Defying the concept of staying cool by putting on a blazer when you’re wearing shorts, but it’s a dapper little combo for the more formal occasion. You could keep it simple with a plain white short sleeved shirt, but we’ve mixed it up with a spot of Paul Smith print. Finish this off with a pair loafers or brogues and a belt.