There are many ways to approach a summer wardrobe but, as it is for most of their fashion choices, the options for men are more limited. Doubly so when the intention is to maintain a sharp look. On the hottest of days the desire to look as cool as one hopes to feel by way of a tailored suit often leaves linen as one of the few cloth options open to men. Linen isn’t always sharp.
This look isn’t linen, but sharp it is.
Think of a double breasted suit normally and it’s likely you imagine it as a winter wardrobe option. It wraps the body, follows the modern silhouette, and generally seems to keep the warmth in. But long ago I learned that a double breasted suit does the opposite when it’s cut from a cotton cloth, as this gent’s very well could be. Mine, a suit from Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label, has the same worn look to its peaked lapels – they sit forwards, as if cut from the pages of a dog-eared book. It has the same plunge too – and herein lies more of the secret. Whether the suit is cut from a light wool thread count or an airy cotton one, a deep-v to the chest of the suit not only is cool, it looks it too. Doubly so when worn over an obviously casual shirt.
This look was captured during London fashion week.