Formally Introduced: A look at some summer formal essentials by Phillip Landrum

So if you haven’t noticed by the mere 90-degree weather we have been having its summer time. Oh no what does this mean, does it mean I can’t get dressed anymore and that I can only wear shorts? What about my suits? Can I still wear those? Have no fear! Although summer is here, it doesn’t mean you can’t look dapper. It just means you need to make a few minor adjustments. I have collected some summer essentials to make sure you can still make that statement and stay cool at the same time.

Suits
Summer time means its all about cotton and linen. Looking crisp well maintaining your cool is the number one objective. With that said, it is ok to go out and buy a nice summer suit. I would recommend going with one of three routes: The straight tan and brown cotton suit for more traditional occasions, seersucker when making a statement(great for summer weddings and functions),and linen when its not too hot to do so.   Also, make sure that the suits are tailored appropriately.  The pants should fit well and the leg should hover barely over the shoe. Check out GQ for more tips on how to properly wear those summer suits

Secret: It’s all in the details.  Wear well-patterned shirts, such as a gingham, underneath maintained with a bold tie.  Don’t be afraid to venture off and add a colorful springtime pocket square.  Boldly sport brown shoes but remember to wear a matching brown belt.

Disclaimer: When in a more formal or work environment, it is recommended to stay with the traditional darker suit or gray suit.

Shorts

Rugby recently wrote an article on their blog about wearing shorts for casual Fridays. The secret is to wear traditional flat front chino shorts while dressing up the rest of your outfit by wearing a clean, well fitting oxford and tie combination. Also make sure to wear dressier shoes.  Nothing less than a boat shoe should be exhibited and personally, I believe a nice brown shoe (sock-less)never steered anyone wrong during the summer months.

Secret: Keep it classic and simple

Disclaimer: A laid back work environment open to the idea of wearing shorts is a must!

Link: Rugby Shorts

Summer Tie
It is OK to let go of those traditional heavier colored ties and venture into some with a lighter, more whimsical summer feel. Summer is about bright colors and making a statement. With that said, I would look at going with more of a repp tie or a brighter color. For the bolder at heart I would also venture to the realms of floral patterns, seersucker and bow ties. Who said that dressing up doesn’t mean having fun? One of the brands I have seen that does these ties justice are Pierrepoint Hicks and Brooks Brothers.  You can also find them at stores such as Barneys, Uniqlo, J.Crew, and Urban Outfitters for reasonable prices.
Secret: Wear the appropriately patterned shirt.  If wearing a light shirt, be sure to wear a tie with contrast. This effectively makes the tie more prominent. Don’t wear the same color tie and shirt. Keep it light.

Shoes

GQ featured an article about moving past the classical boat shoe and sporting something a little more modern and colorful. Though I am and will always be a proponent of the original Sperry Topsiders I do enjoy some of these newer more colorful looks. Cole Haan, Sperry, and many other brands are featuring this new rendition of the classic boat shoe.

Secret: Wear it sock less and with jeans or pants that rest just above the shoe.   More tailored pants will really bring attention to the detail and not drown out the shoes.


Pocket Squares

It’s all in the details.  What better way to add some distinction and excitement to an outfit, than to equip it with an eye catching pocket square? It will increase the swagger of the outfit exponentially.  Seriously. This spring is all about veering away from the classic white pocket square and obtaining a pattern that is both stylish while complimenting the rest of the outfit. Some of my favorite pocket squares come from J.Press, Vintage shops, Ralph Lauren, and surprisingly Lands End has some great ones for a good price this season. Check out GQ feature for more tips

Secret: Avoid doing too much by not being too matchy with one’s pocket square, shirt, and tie. They should compliment, not be the same, or you may end up looking like you have on a tacky NBA draft suit. Also, avoid too much pattern play.  If you have a pattern pocket square, match it with a solid shirt.