What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Hey. Guess what? It’s still hot. Time to make lemonade out of those lemons, and meet up with friends or a date after work for a quick beverage. Whether you’re outside on a patio, or moving as quickly as possible indoors to air conditioning, a light in weight and color outfit is appropriate for both in and out of doors this time of year. And yes, it is possible to look sharp & stay cool while wearing a jacket and collared shirt.
The Blazer: J. Crew Crosby Fit in Italian Cotton – $142.80 w/ SHOPSALE ($248). Cut to be more accommodating to the guy with a bit more mass on his torso than others. Perfect shade of off-white for the summer. More details, as well as a before/after comparison in terms of tailoring here. Need something slimmer? It’s certainly more saturated, but you could try their Ludlow sportcoat in the khaki “vintage linen” shade.
The Shirt: Nordstrom Smartcare Herringbone Trim Fit Dress Shirt – $38.90 ($69.50). Not part of the big anniversary sale, but instead lurking in the clearance section. A great shirt in a perfect pale blue for under $40.
The Sunglasses: Randolph Engineering Aviator – $139.90 ($209). Yes, again. These have been getting mentioned a lot lately. But those blue lenses and greyish bayonette temples make for a nice combination. Made in the USA. Too steep? Totally understood. Try a pair of basic AO Aviators as a bargain alternative.
The Wallet: Mitchell Leather Money Clip Wallet in Horween Chestnut – $79. Made in the USA from Horween’s “Dublin” leather, which is cowhide that goes through the same recipe of oils that Cordovan goes through. The wallet provides easy access to cash, which bartenders & servers will appreciate. More info here.
The Watch: Seiko SNDC1 Vintage-Look Chrono – $99 w/ DAPPEREDE99 ($129). Got an email from the Jomashop people asking if we’d like to have a code for that particular Seiko, which would drop the price to $99 shipped. Being that it’s been featured before, numerous times, and has a nice balance of retro looks & a wearable 40mm size, the answer was… well, yeah. We’ll run the code. Make note, they added an extre “E” at the end of DAPPERED. So, DAPPERED E 99 (without the spaces of course).
The Chinos: Bonobos Washed Chinos in “Cloudburst” – $68 ($88). While a full blown summer suit is nice to have, it’s pretty easy to replicate the look with a lightweight & light-in-color blazer, and slightly contrasting chinos. The sportcoat leans warmer in tone, while the pants are a cooler grey. That makes for just enough contrast, plus you can wear each item separately with other stuff.
The SPF & Mattifier: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 – $25.15. Expensive, but works and lasts for a good long time. Also has SPF 15 in it so your face won’t turn into a boiled tomato.
The Belt: Everlane Made in the USA Belt – $45. Slim, Italian leather, and made in San Francisco.