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5 RULES FOR: SUMMER OFFICE DRESSING

12.05.15

With heat, practicality and the right level of formality to consider, dressing for the office during the summer is surely one of a man’s most persistent sartorial problems. That’s why we've put together a list of our top tips for staying cool in the heat. From the shades to be seen in to the sharpest styling, discover our summer office dressing rules to live by.

1. GO DOUBLE BREASTED

Double breasted tailoring is not a look we’re only championing for spring/summer; it appears in our autumn/winter collections consistently. But, thanks to this season’s new textures, fabrications and sharpened cuts, there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with the design all over again.

An easy to wear design which will reinvigorate your working wardrobe for the summer without making too bold a statement, the double breasted blazer feels refined and slightly relaxed all at the same time.

Wear this summer during working hours as part of a mis-matched tailored look. Try pairing a navy blazer with light sand chinos, a white shirt and brown suede monk strap shoes.

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2. TRY A T-SHIRT

For those lucky enough to work in an environment where the dress code allows a degree of sartorial freedom, staying stylish and feeling cool in the heat is more easily achievable.

In these environments the humble T-shirt is a no-brainer. How to wear and stay on the right side of formal? Stick to stripes, flecked or plain T-shirts, avoiding logos at all costs.

Pair a white T-shirt with charcoal tailored trousers and brown brogues, or team a classic Breton stripe T-shirt with a suit and Jack Purcell trainers to hit the sartorial sweet spot between smart and casual.

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3. PICK A PATTERN

While autumn and winter’s suiting is rich in its use of pattern, for summer tailoring tends to be woven into cleaner, plainer designs. Add interest to your work look by opting instead for a patterned shirt. Steer clear of the Hawaiian florals and plump for a barely-there geometric design.

Better still, take your cue from menswear’s sharpest dressers by ditching your tie and wear your tailoring with a lightly patterned Cuban collar shirt.

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4. GO SANS SOCKS

The compulsion to go sans socks in the summer is one menswear trend with admirable resilience. Despite dividing opinion and surviving at least half a decade’s worth of summers, the look still feels as wearable now as it did when ankles first made their presence keenly felt on city streets.

Our tip for getting the look right at work? Gently upturn the hem of your trousers no more than once and - as your feet are bound to attract increased attention - ensure that your shoes are in pristine condition.

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5. LIGHTEN UP

As a general rule of thumb, for summer everything should be lighter. Take your tailoring in the palest shades woven from lightweight linen and opt for buggy or partially-lined designs. Accessories should follow suit too. Try a pocket square in a pastel shade and wear lighter coloured leather.

Find the thought of being parted from your staple navy suit intolerable? Everything is relative. As above, choose a suit a few shades lighter for a seasonally appropriate update that feels familiar.

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