As we race towards the heart of summer, here are some reflections on warm-weather attire from our erstwhile Millennial Fogey columnist.
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Allow me to reflect on what clothing serves me best in summer. I’ll start with the tried-and-true, not to say cliché: I’m mad for madras. Sportcoats, Bermuda shorts, trousers, shirts — sadly not a dinner jacket, but I plan on having one made when the right fabric pops up. My J. Press madras bottoms —short and long — have been staples. As with bow ties, if you don’t know what you’re doing, madras trousers can wear you and even call your sexual potency into question. Swim a few laps or swing some kettle weights before getting dressed and you’ll be fine.
I’ve never been big on short-sleeved buttondowns, but I’ve acquired a few for that hint of dressiness to cure Lacoste fatigue. Hands down my new favorite warm-weather shirt is this popover by J. Press in soft and light oxford cloth. Hell, the collar even rolls.
A close second, this regimental stripe buttondown by Kamakura Shirts is very mid-century California, and performs admirably as both beachwear or tucked in with khakis.
Buckle-backs are divisive. Some men love them and some men are appalled by them, which means companies often shy away from them. I’m proud to say that J. Press took a stand and put buckles on many bottoms for the latest Blue Label collection. My personal favorite is this pair of buckle-back shorts. Longer in the leg and straight cut, I’m itching to get back to Bermuda and wear these with knee socks.
As the sun sets it’s time for cocktails. If you’re like me, the cocktail will have a lime in it and the dinner will come from the sea. If you’re not wearing any madras, try a Liberty print necktie to keep things fun. This one in particular gives a definite late ’60s vibe without being too wide nor overly obnoxious.
Well, perhaps a bit obnoxious, but in the right way. Keep everything else simple.
Enjoy the rest of summer! — DAN GREENWOOD