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Dapper at Dusk

25.05.12

Dressing after-dark in sun-soaked locations requires more than simply re-working your daywear. Choose lightweight, key pieces and treat them to a touch of poetic styling. It’s important to look relaxed yet refined when drinking, dining and socialising after sundown.

RIVIERA READY

Rewind to vintage days on the Riviera. A cream blazer and rusty tones are instant style transporters.

LET LOOSE

Be brave and un-button your shirt with abandon - a flash of skin is holiday-appropriate.

LEFT: Merchant blazer, Ghostly shirt. RIGHT: Ark blazerWestley trousers, Academy shirt,

IN THE SHADE

Never underestimate the power of stylish sunglasses - even at sunset.

Lopez shirt, Harbour pocket square

THE POET

Adopt a poetic approach to styling, with scarves, pocket squares and open-neck shirts.

Ark blazerWestley trousers, Ridich polo shirt

NEO-NEAT

Retro gents were immaculately neat. Mix colours and prints for an updated take on this Fifties styling.

Monaco blazer, Lopez shirt, Carter trousers

LUXE IN LEATHER

Pull on a jacket in softest suede, and let your look exude luxury in a deliciously warm latte tone.

Merchant blazerGhostly shirt, Francois trousers, Jenson belt, Marshaw sandals

THE RIGHT STRIPES

Cut a dash in double stripes; a variation in colour and style strikes the right balance.

Island top, Manor shirt,  Bradshaw trouser, Fallon shoes

WATER POLO

A sportier take on eveningwear, a casual polo looks cool poolside with light, tailored trousers.

Theif polo, Fenchurch trousers, Marshaw sandals

MIDNIGHT BLUE

A blend of blue looks strong in the glow of a setting sun - select your shades with layering in mind.

Ark blazerWestley trousers, Ridich polo shirt, Luka scarf

TOP HAT

A classic straw trilby in bitter chocolate makes for the perfect finishing touch.

Theif poloFenchurch trousers, Lakin hat

About the Shoot

Keeping your cool in the heat can be something of a challenge. However, dressing by day is a cinch compared to when the sun goes down. When night falls, that’s when the real style challenge begins. How dressed up should you go? When is casual too casual? How to avoid overheating?

These are all potential pitfalls if your styling is off-key, so the trick is to keep things relaxed, yet refined. Don’t over think it, stick to lightweight key pieces and layer a few weather-appropriate accessories over the top.

Firstly, a great blazer is your starting point. Play it safe in a navy blue, or if you’re feeling braver and have a love for Fifties Riviera, opt for a natty cream style instead. Be sure to keep your shirts cool, casual and preferably open at the neck.

Then consider the holiday trouser (which comes several guises), from the chino – which never tires – to a sun-bleached jean or even smarter styles in lightweight fabrics.

Choose a style which sits in sync with your chosen blazer and roll your hems, which look smart but take into account your location.

Also, this is a subtle way to show off a great pair of leather sandals, which when you slide into, ground your look with sophistication.

Of course, it’s poetic styling which lends the flair that’s more attractive to attempt in tropical climes. Adopt a maverick approach by mixing and clashing prints and textures; from shirt, trouser and jacket fusions to those finishing touches - artistic scarves and dandy pocket squares.

Tuck a silky scarf inside your collar and try multiple pocket square styling – clash, match and keep them neat or puff them out – these subtle differences really can change your look, night after night.